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    After the warm day and night Friday, the trees are starting to bud. And we have a good freeze coming tonight and into next week. So, I'll keep checking the sap for viability, but the signs are not looking so good. We needed this cold snap, and the snow forecast, last week to slow things down a little.

    Concentrating right now and will do a test boil to see how good the sap is. I'm just below last years totals, and would like to keep going.

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    Well, once again, through the magic of the MacBook Pro, my data for this year has been lost. But fear not, as I do still have a memory. Total for this year was 40 gals. I had hopes for more, but the weather did not cooperate. I don't have the average sugar content and the other daily details I log. I can report that if you bottle in glass, the best investment you can make is in a filter press. Absolutely a game changer. The RO isn't far behind though, despite the breakdown of the Procon pump. The pump is at EDCO in California undergoing a rebuild (Procon's certified service partner) at less than half the cost of a new replacement.

    Excavation is underway for the 12x20 shack expansion, and getting close to forming up the slab. The existing part of the shack will get a concrete floor once I can move everything to the new section. I'm also gathering up timbers for the timber frame, but don't yet have enough (I need a portable sawmill to speed this part up).

    More updates to follow.
    Gary / Zena Crossroads / 42˚ 00' 24" N / Hobby in Early '70s, Addiction since 2014

    +-150 taps on 3/16 (45 on Lunchbox Vac/Releaser)
    12x14 timber framed sap house w/attached 10x14 shed roof for storage w/expansion plans for 2020
    2 x 6 Smoky Lake hybrid pan on home built arch (cast concrete) with AUF/AOF/steam hood/preheater
    7.0 KW Sun Power PV System, Smokey Lake Filter Press/Steam Bottler, NGMP 100 gph RO

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    For the sawmill, there is likely a sawyer who will come to your location and saw it. If you go that route, I suggest you have the logs placed on 2 rails (a log near each end 90 degrees to where the mill will set) and then have all of the logs on those rails and ready to go. That is how I used to like them when I did custom on site milling (I now only do my own).
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, downsized after I lost my help, about 450-500 planned for 2021 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by maple flats View Post
    For the sawmill, there is likely a sawyer who will come to your location and saw it. If you go that route, I suggest you have the logs placed on 2 rails (a log near each end 90 degrees to where the mill will set) and then have all of the logs on those rails and ready to go. That is how I used to like them when I did custom on site milling (I now only do my own).
    So far the guys I have talked to either want to cart the logs to their mill ($$$), or if they have a portable, they are now into tree work and have no time for such other work. I use a chainsaw mill when I have time, but that takes an incredible amount of time per log. I'm waiting for one of the tree guys to confirm a date. We'll see.
    Gary / Zena Crossroads / 42˚ 00' 24" N / Hobby in Early '70s, Addiction since 2014

    +-150 taps on 3/16 (45 on Lunchbox Vac/Releaser)
    12x14 timber framed sap house w/attached 10x14 shed roof for storage w/expansion plans for 2020
    2 x 6 Smoky Lake hybrid pan on home built arch (cast concrete) with AUF/AOF/steam hood/preheater
    7.0 KW Sun Power PV System, Smokey Lake Filter Press/Steam Bottler, NGMP 100 gph RO

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    Try joining The Forestry Forum. In there you will find a bunch of leads and if you don't find one close enough just post in the sawmill category, someone will answer. They have over 36,000 members.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, downsized after I lost my help, about 450-500 planned for 2021 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by maple flats View Post
    Try joining The Forestry Forum. In there you will find a bunch of leads and if you don't find one close enough just post in the sawmill category, someone will answer. They have over 36,000 members.
    thank you Dave. will give that a try.

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    When you join, If they ask how you heard about them, say Maple Flats sent you, they know me.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, downsized after I lost my help, about 450-500 planned for 2021 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    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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