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    Hi Brando Having Same issues up here in the eastern Panhandle as you with the weather . Hope the season straighten out for all of us.

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    Also forgot to say thanks for the advice on the preheater I think it's working pretty well most times i have checked. it is dumping in sap at 195 degrees thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockport View Post
    Brandon, have been pondering the 3/16 tubing ,I have all 5/16 now and thought about putting in a new section on 3/16 . What kind of adapter do i need to use the cv clear spouts on 3/16 . Also I have a 350ft run at a steep slope (not good on figuring ) but it drops almost 100 ft can I run 3/16 all the way and how many taps could it do ? Thanks for any info
    CDL has a 3/16 T that has a 5/16 drop barb on it.
    Brandon

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    Boiled 840 yesterday about 1.35 sugar. Ran down to 100 through RO and took about 1.5 hours to make 12.5 gallons of syrup with startup and shutdown. Left at least 200 to 300 in field and all 4 properties still running in spite of no freeze since Thursday night. That put us over 3gpt without a freeze and hoping to get to 4 or more before it quits. Weather looking better for another run first of next week.
    Brandon

    CDL dealer for All of West Virginia & Virginia
    3x10 CDL Deluxe oil fired
    Kubota M7040 4x4 Tractor w/ 1153 Loader hauling sap
    2,400+ taps on 3/16 CDL natural vacuum on 9 properties
    24x56 sugarhouse
    CDL 1,000 2 post RO


    WEBSITE: http://danielsmaple.com

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    Picked up 835 yesterday and boiled it off. Sugar down to about 1.2 to 1.3 but still making light to medium syrup. 460 taps on 2 adjacent properties on the south quit running but other 235 on the other south property and 300+ on north still running today which is day # 6 since freeze. Hoping to get maybe 500 gallons more sap before it quits running. So far over 4 gpt on this run since freeze. Supposed to get colder tonight and hoping for another run starting Sunday. We are about 25% of what we are hoping as a minimum crop in a bad season 4760 sap and 75+ gallons of syrup so far. Will keep praying weather will hold out for another 4 to 5 weeks, been strange weather the last 4 months.
    Brandon

    CDL dealer for All of West Virginia & Virginia
    3x10 CDL Deluxe oil fired
    Kubota M7040 4x4 Tractor w/ 1153 Loader hauling sap
    2,400+ taps on 3/16 CDL natural vacuum on 9 properties
    24x56 sugarhouse
    CDL 1,000 2 post RO


    WEBSITE: http://danielsmaple.com

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    Picked up right at 600 gallon thursday 02/25. Sap finally stopped running sometime early thursday morning. That was day # 7 since freeze and we pulled in over 4500 gallons since last freeze on 1,005 taps. Sugar went down to 1.2 but still made very good medium syrup. Somewhere around 85 gallons so far and looking like another good 2 to 3 day run starting tomorrow.
    Brandon

    CDL dealer for All of West Virginia & Virginia
    3x10 CDL Deluxe oil fired
    Kubota M7040 4x4 Tractor w/ 1153 Loader hauling sap
    2,400+ taps on 3/16 CDL natural vacuum on 9 properties
    24x56 sugarhouse
    CDL 1,000 2 post RO


    WEBSITE: http://danielsmaple.com

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    Had 2100 gallons by 11 pm which was about 3 hours ago at this point. Hauled in 1460 of it and took 1100 of it down to 150 and about finished boiling it. Try to get a little sleep and then later this morning in the early am do it again and probably tomorrow evening. Hadn't seen sap run like this in about 10 years. It was the mother load run. Sap still running pretty hard at 11 dropped to 33 and now back up above 40 with rain coming in, so unsure how much there will be by tomorrow evening. This run may get us to 50% of what we hope is minimum crop of 300 gallons. Sugar really low on this about 1.3 to 1.4 even after 2 day hard freeze. Haven't seen this much moisture in the ground in a long time and more rain coming this week and then snow which is likely contributing to the low sugar and huge sap.
    Brandon

    CDL dealer for All of West Virginia & Virginia
    3x10 CDL Deluxe oil fired
    Kubota M7040 4x4 Tractor w/ 1153 Loader hauling sap
    2,400+ taps on 3/16 CDL natural vacuum on 9 properties
    24x56 sugarhouse
    CDL 1,000 2 post RO


    WEBSITE: http://danielsmaple.com

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    We got close to 3 gpt in 24 hours which was best sap run I've had in 10 years. Ran until last night which was about 36 hours without a freeze and probably 3600 gallon of sap and then got down to 24 last night and up to 62 today, so should get another big run until sometime in the night when the cold and snow moves in. Long range forecast looks really bad past first of next week supposed to be in 60s and 70s with no freezing. Normally we make probably at least 50% of our syrup after March 7th, so it would be bad if it ends then. We have boiled in April the last 3 years so praying hard forecast changes. So far 8500 gallons of sap and around 128 gallons of syrup as sugar content is worst I have ever seen it. This seems to be the what I am hearing from others too. We had 3 boils of approximately 2 hours each in less than 24 hours to process the 3100 gallons.
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    Brandon

    CDL dealer for All of West Virginia & Virginia
    3x10 CDL Deluxe oil fired
    Kubota M7040 4x4 Tractor w/ 1153 Loader hauling sap
    2,400+ taps on 3/16 CDL natural vacuum on 9 properties
    24x56 sugarhouse
    CDL 1,000 2 post RO


    WEBSITE: http://danielsmaple.com

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    Ran through another 1,050 gallons tonight. Grade went back to light yesterday from medium. Should run some into the night until the high winds or freezing temps with the snow coming in shuts them down. Supposed to get a freeze next 2 to 3 days and then 60's about all week next week. So far over 4.5 gpt since sunday morning, so a great run in 2.5 days.
    Brandon

    CDL dealer for All of West Virginia & Virginia
    3x10 CDL Deluxe oil fired
    Kubota M7040 4x4 Tractor w/ 1153 Loader hauling sap
    2,400+ taps on 3/16 CDL natural vacuum on 9 properties
    24x56 sugarhouse
    CDL 1,000 2 post RO


    WEBSITE: http://danielsmaple.com

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    Another 575 gallon is sap boiled today. Froze last night around midnight and cold until Saturday or Sunday. Forecast here looks bad like everywhere else. Showing anout 10 days starting Monday in 60s and 50s with no freezing. Hoping and praying it changes but will see what happens. We are at about 151 gallons which is about 50% of what we hoped to be a minimum crop. Made syrup in April last 3 years but may end 3 weeks early this year. Got about 4.75 gpt in 2.5 days so a great run even with 1.2 To 1.3 sugar.
    Brandon

    CDL dealer for All of West Virginia & Virginia
    3x10 CDL Deluxe oil fired
    Kubota M7040 4x4 Tractor w/ 1153 Loader hauling sap
    2,400+ taps on 3/16 CDL natural vacuum on 9 properties
    24x56 sugarhouse
    CDL 1,000 2 post RO


    WEBSITE: http://danielsmaple.com

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