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  1. #1
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    Waynesboro, Va.
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    Default First year - tapping in the valley

    This is our first year tapping. Started taps Jan 10 th. Have 9 taps on gallon jugs and 5 gallon buckets, 5/16" taps and tubing.
    First boil on turkey fryers and round stock pots - took forever! 12 gallons yeilded a quart of syrup. can now appreciate why finished syrup is expensive!
    Second boil with steam tables pans 20 gals. - 2 quarts - 8 hours
    Building a barrel stove evaporator for 2 steam table pans, and starting design on ramp style evaporator.
    having fun and it breaks up the end oif winter at least!
    Waynesboro, Virginia
    2015 first year 9 taps, turkey fryer and round pans
    Turkey fryer with steam table pans, a little faster, but still lots of propane
    Completed barrel evaporator for 2 steam table pans
    2016 season - New design barrel evaporator, with pre-heat pan and combustion air blower.

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    Culpeper VA
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    Hey flyer
    I`m looking to make so syrup this year also never tap here before. just wondering if it is to late? I built an evaporator for steam table pans and it came out pretty good hoping to try it out.
    TWO OLDS SAPS SUGAR WORKS
    with a little help from our freinds
    2300 on vac,5x14 grimm lighting,pre heater,900 gph ro www.twooldsaps.com

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    Feb 2013
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    Marysville, Ohio
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    Paul,

    The long range weather forecast for your area looks ok for tapping over the next 3-5 weeks so I would think you should be able to make some syrup.
    Leader 1/2 pint - Kawasaki Mule - Smoky Lake Filter Bottler
    24 GPH RO, 2 1/2 x 40 NF3 (NF270), 140 GPH (Brass with no relief valve ) ProCon pump
    2013 - 44 taps - 16 gallons syrup, 2014 - 109 taps - 26 gallons syrup
    2015 - 71 taps - 13.5 gallons syrup, 2016 - 125 taps - 24.25 gallons syrup
    2017 - 129 taps - 17.5 gallons syrup, 2018 - 128 taps- 18 gallons syrup
    2019 -130 taps - 18.5 gallons syrup, 2020 ~125 taps-19.75 gallons syrup

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    Paul,
    Do you have pictures of the evaporator you made? I have 2 builds in progress, welding and fabricating is another one of my many hobbies. Thanks, Sam
    Waynesboro, Virginia
    2015 first year 9 taps, turkey fryer and round pans
    Turkey fryer with steam table pans, a little faster, but still lots of propane
    Completed barrel evaporator for 2 steam table pans
    2016 season - New design barrel evaporator, with pre-heat pan and combustion air blower.

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