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  1. #211
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    This is for all of us maple vampires :-)

    http://thewinooski.com/index.php/201...0RTUsQHK4upCHg
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio

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    ....when you dread going to a social event because you know that no one there will want to talk Maple.
    2016 - 2 x 4 Randy Worthen built arch and pans (just starting out!) 11 taps; 2.625 gallons of syrup!
    2017 - 29 taps; 11.625 gallons of syrup!
    2018 - 30 taps; 98 pints bottled! 2x4 Arch and pans sold! New sugar house being built, new equipment coming!

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    when you're too busy cooking to check in on Maple Trader... Gotta have priorities!
    Maple Man 85
    Anthony & Rebecca Renken
    2017=200 taps
    2018=4000 taps (goal) 3000 taps (actual)
    2019=7000 taps (goal)
    30x45 Sugar House
    4x16 Leader Vortex
    www.northwoodsmaplefarm.com

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    You're doing an outside nighttime boil, in 50mph winds, like Wednesday night.
    When you have your pick-up truck, tractor, every piece of plywood you can find..........trying to block the wind so the draws don't go sideways
    2017 - 3 taps hanging buckets. Turkey fryer evap.
    2017-2018 Caught a bad case of the maple bug. Built a 55 gal. barrel evap. and homemade RO
    2018 - 32 taps on 5 gal. buckets.
    2019 - New Mason 2x4 XL. 80 taps - 50 on 5 gal. buckets, 30 on 3/16 tubing

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    You put in a full day of work then come home, get the sugarshack fired up, go get a bite to eat, go back out to the shack, chuck on more wood, run out to wood storage to get more wood, come back to find sap either a) not boiling at all or b) boiling like snot. Run outside to sap storage and bring in more sap to dump in. Sort wood while sap boils/doesn't boil. Stoke up fire. Go inside, say hi to family members, grab a cold bevvy, go back outside to shack. Check temps, curse, stoke fire more. GO get more sap. Open and drink half of cold bevvy in one swig.

    Rinse and repeat as often as necessary...either until backup arrives to take over from you or you fall asleep in shack or spouse comes out and yells at you to get to bed, you have to get up in the morning to go to work ;-)
    Last edited by Galena; 04-06-2019 at 01:23 PM.
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio

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    When there hasn't been a post on maple trader in a few days and you feel like your social life is lacking because of it.
    2016- 50 buckets. Made 4 gallons
    2017- 100 buckets, 50 taps on 3/4 mainline and 3/16th tubing + shurflo vacuum. Made 30 gallons.
    2018- 1000 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, 60 buckets - made 378 gallons of syrup.
    2019- 1713 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, NO buckets. Made 500 gallons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultimatetreehugger View Post
    When there hasn't been a post on maple trader in a few days and you feel like your social life is lacking because of it.
    Thumbs up to that!!!!
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAP View Post
    Thumbs up to that!!!!
    No doubt I was wondering the same thing!
    Leader 2x6 Raised flue with preheater and hood. Patriot pans
    Leader filter press
    400ish taps

  9. #219
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    ...when you get twitchy cause there hasn't been a new post on MT for 5 days...and sugaring season is 8 months away ;-)
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio

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    looking at your sap/syrup ratio, you have some real good trees there Galena! That's over 4% sap, impressive.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 1000 for 2019?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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