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    You have a landscape company and you keep trying to sell clients Sugar maples. This is the best thread love the posts.

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    your truck has no passenger room from January to April
    Bush's policy- No Child Left behind
    Sugarbush's Policy- No tree left behind!!
    2008-2013 30 Taps half buckets, half tubing
    30"X42" pan over oil arch
    2014- 1200 on vacuum, 200 gravity
    2015-2017: 2500 on vacuum
    2018- 2500 on vacuum, 100 buckets. selling sap & helping in saphouse.

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    When you are driving down a road, you identify all the trees that should be tapped.
    2016: Second Year;
    ..........15 Taps- 177 gals 0f 2.40 % Sap / 4.25 gals of Syrup
    ......... Cinder block arch evaporato with 2'x2' Stainless Steel Pan
    ......... Finishing in stock pot on propane burner
    2015: First Year;
    ......... 12 Taps - 135 gals of 3.37% Sap / 4.56 gals of Syrup
    ......... Cinder block arch evaporator with 2'x2' Stainless Steel Pan
    ......... Finishing in stock pot on propane burner

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    You work 8 hours Monday thru Friday and pass up time and a half and double time to make syrup.

    Stay up for 24 hours Straight boiling sap and its fun!

    After boiling 24 hours straight to keep up you then jump in the truck to get 10 more buckets to tap 10 more trees.

    The local Maple Supply Company knows you so well and you say charge it to card ending in xxxx.

    When a 70 F degree day is forecast you get pissed and everyone else is happy...

    Nope...Im not an addict yet...lol
    2012- Can't Remember 1st year...
    2013- 41 taps made 13 Gallons of Syrup
    2014- 20 taps made 5.5 Gallons of Syrup
    2015- 43 Taps made 10 Gallons of Syrup
    2016- 43 Taps...

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    Your idea of March Madness has nothing to do with a basketball.

    2014 - Cinder block fire box, 2 roaster pans (thanks Mom), mix of 11 red and sugar maples tapped, 1.75G syrup.
    2015 - Same fire box reconfigured for Smoky Lake 24" x 33" pan. 17 taps on 16 trees with tubing to 5 gal buckets. 114g sap down to 2 3/4g
    beautiful syrup.
    2016 - Cinder block fire box is holding up fine. 20 taps, 155 G sap, 3.37G syrup. Great fun with friends.
    2017 - 21 taps on 5 gallon buckets. Good sap runs and reached my goal of producing 5 G syrup.

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    Where is the like button? The sad part is these posts are true.

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    when your constantly looking for shinnier and bigger new or good used eqiupment to upgrade too and your used eqiupment has enough resale value to warrant the purchase and not lose your a-- or mind in the process how fun i say !!
    2x6 leader WSE with AUF, hood,preheater
    waterguy RO
    leader 16 gal custom water jacketed canner
    10 in short stack wes fab filter press
    540 taps on tubing with vac & always adding
    2- benders running 25" hg from GAST vac pumps
    few stainless bulk tanks
    1978 chevy 1 ton 4x4 dually
    IH T340 dozer with 6-way blade

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    ...when you almost drive into the ditch as you check out other people's setups and automatically count how many taps they have per tree.

    And when you debate whether you should say something or not to the person porcupining a huge old maple, just 'cause it's what their grandpappy or great-great grandpappy did. I'm all for respecting tradition, but some traditions are seriously outdated and often hazardous too.

    For a non-maple example...I don't know anyone who now worms their workhorses using a beer bottle filled with turpentine and milk, but that's what they used to do, as recently as the 1940s and 50s!
    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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    I resemble a lot of these and I have just 17 taps!

    You convince yourself that doing small batch boiling inside is a good idea because it's always so dry in the house in the winter.

    You count maple trees in your friends' yards and try to convince them about the joys of tapping.
    17 taps on my 1/2 acre lot. Average 13-15 quarts
    Evaporator: Indoor Kenmore stove
    The walls are dripping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyjackcsa View Post
    ...You count maple trees in your friends' yards and try to convince them about the joys of tapping.
    Even better, just ask permission to tap their trees and give em some syrup in return :-)
    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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