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  1. #11
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    your weather underground app doesn't show you the temperature you want so you open up one of the other two weather apps on your phone to see if they show the "correct" temperature.
    Pete Nightingale
    Lisbon, NH

    3 Teenage sap haulers & Plenty of friends and family to restock the beer fridge
    2012 1 tap and a pot
    2013 10 taps, oil tank evap, 2 gallons of slightly too thin syrup
    2014 48 taps improved oil tank evap 3.5 gallons, ouch??
    2015 88 taps 78 5/16" and 10 3/16" nat vac 40"x 48" Homemade Arch 13.25 Gallons
    2016 100 taps 65 on 3/16 & 35 buckets 17 gallons + unknown amount of maple / Jack Daniels testers

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    you lick your plate to get all the syrup off.
    140 on 3/16 gravity 2018 and 120 sap sacks
    14 x 20 sugar shack
    2014 New custom 2x6 arch "The Firestorm" w/ preheater, AUF & AOF
    Smokey Lake pans and water jacket bottler
    Just a hobby but seems like more work every year
    No chickens or dogs
    Wife that guards our syrup
    43.74° N

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    Not being a religious man, start going to church on Sunday to pray for the weather to break!
    FIRST GENERATION SUGARMAKER
    First boil 2/22/2012! Went Pefect!
    3,500' of laterals
    1,000' of mainline
    2012 - 105 taps on gravity, 12 sap sacks.
    2013 - 175 taps on gravity, 25 on sacks = 200 taps for 2013! Second year.
    2014 - 250 taps on gravity, 25 on sacks
    Tapped on February 16, 2014
    2015 - adding vac sap puller no more gravity for me!
    275 gallon holding tank for 2014
    20'x30' Sugarhouse

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    You evaluate potential houses based on the number of tappable trees, slope of the land, and direction it faces. Who cares about 2.5 baths? I want 250 tappable trees and a south facing slope.
    Big_Eddy
    Eastern Ontario (Quinte)
    20+ years on a 2x3 block arch,
    Homemade 20"x64" drop flue since 2011

    Build a Block Arch
    Build a Flat Pan
    Build a Flue Pan
    Sweetening the Pans
    Build a Bending Brake
    Using a Hydrotherm
    How much Sap to Sweeten?

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    There's more chrome in your saphouse than on your truck.
    Jeff

    470 taps
    Kinney KS-15 High Vac with Lapierre Horizontal releaser
    Leader 2x6 Patriot raised flue
    Leader 2x4 Steamaway
    Wildfire arch
    MES Dolly 300 3 post RO
    Sheets 5" Filter Press with air pump
    and still lookin to get bigger

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Eddy View Post
    You evaluate potential houses based on the number of tappable trees, slope of the land, and direction it faces. Who cares about 2.5 baths? I want 250 tappable trees and a south facing slope.
    and a shack to live and boil in!!!!!!!!!
    140 on 3/16 gravity 2018 and 120 sap sacks
    14 x 20 sugar shack
    2014 New custom 2x6 arch "The Firestorm" w/ preheater, AUF & AOF
    Smokey Lake pans and water jacket bottler
    Just a hobby but seems like more work every year
    No chickens or dogs
    Wife that guards our syrup
    43.74° N

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    You spend every dollar you can towards equipment or supplies so you can get "rich" making and selling syrup.
    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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    Convince yourself that getting a little bigger will make things easier.
    2010 40 buckets- 4 gals finished
    2011 80 buckets- 14 gals finished
    2012 105 buckets- 8 gals finished
    2013 maxed at 130 buckets- 24 gals finished
    2014 new max at 240 buckets- 18 gals finished
    2015 newest max 240 buckets-+48 taps on 3/16 gravity- 22.5 gals finished
    2016 150 taps on 3/16 gravity- tba

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    ....you see a torn old bumper sticker inside an abandoned sugar shack, and know instantly what it said when it was still intact: Old....jpg

    AND -

    ...you dream of someday having an operation big enough to warrant firing up the ol' Grimm evaporator that can, it is said, handle 400 GPH...Grimm400.jpg
    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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    You are 74, Cold and standing in two plus feet of snow with drill in hand and thinking - Nope - Not gonna do it this year - This is Insane at my age. But - You do it anyway. Being insane make it a little easier. LOL
    Mike
    2x5 F.O. Tank Arch/Wood Fired
    2x5 Mark/Josh Custom Pans
    12 x 14 Sugar Shack
    55 Sure Taps - 100 Unsure Taps

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