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  1. #1
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    Default 2017 season

    hey all. hope you had a good year. trying to get the lines and equipment is shape for the coming season. Put a real roof on the sugar shack this fall so no more leaks. My kid wanted to paint the outside so they got started then stopped. Next summer!! Supposed to get a nice mural on the walls so we shall see!

    Thinking about maybe tapping this weekend. It is beginning to look like winter has done its thing more or less. Guess we could have tapped at Christmas and could have made syrup all January.

    What is everyone else thinking?
    Flatlander Sugar
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    Great family & friends to help
    One expensive hobby!

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    Hi Flatlander, I have been thinking the same thing about tapping. Been checking out the long term weather and it seems things could get rolling soon. It will be interesting this year with my work schedule. Currently working 10 hr days 6 days a week. The plan is to burn 4 hours a night and hope I don't get buried. Will see how well that works. A big flow with only two barrels for storage could get real interesting.
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    2x4 Flat pan.
    Homemade RO 4x21XLE
    Shurflo 4048 pump

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    I'm in Costa Rica now but will be home soon. Looking at weather, maybe end of next week for me to tap. Planning around 70 taps. I helped a friend run some 3/16 tubing 2 weeks ago, will be a new experience for him.

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    Spent the last few days getting everything ready. Headed out this afternoon and put over 150 taps in. Every hole was running, not a dry hole to be found, Sugars, Silvers, Norway all were running. Planning on collecting mid day tomorrow and then We'll fire up the evaporater and see how the new Smokey Lake hybrid drop flue pan does. Hopefully it speeds up the boiling time. Excited to test it out.

    Hope everyone has a great rest of the season!
    Last edited by MapleMounder; 02-12-2017 at 06:26 AM.
    New To Maple in 09'
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    WF Mason Arch
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    IH 806 Diesel & Allis WD
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    An Aussie Named Mable Sugar
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    Didn't expect to get anything today. Wasn't sure temps were low enough last night but must have been. Collected 40 gals. All next week looks really good. Then four days up in the 50 's which isn't desirable since I tap mostly silvers.
    Where are you located Maplemounder? Let us know how the new pan does.
    Dogpatch did you get your taps in?
    Hope it's a good weekend for all.
    2019
    7th year making sugar
    115 taps first year on vac

    2x4 Flat pan.
    Homemade RO 4x21XLE
    Shurflo 4048 pump

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    I finished tapping yesterday morning. Collected over 200 gals by evening. Getting ready to fire up the cooker now. Looking forward to this week's run.
    Taper. Hope you do well up there. Mounder. COngrats on the new pan. Hope you enjoy it!
    Flatlander Sugar
    300+ taps on gravity
    Wood Fired 2X6 with piggy back
    Great family & friends to help
    One expensive hobby!

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    Put in 60 taps today, like Mounder said all holes were running. Still have a few things to do before. How could I not be ready��?

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    Collected a little over 100 gallons mid afternoon. Fired up the new pan, so far so good!

    Treetaper were just north of Mt. Morris
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    New To Maple in 09'
    16' x 24' Sugarhouse
    WF Mason Arch
    2' x4' Smokey Lakes Hybrid Pan
    125 Taps On Bags
    IH 806 Diesel & Allis WD
    2 1/2 Horses & Yes Chickens
    An Aussie Named Mable Sugar
    Wife, Kids And A Couple Of Friends To Help!

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    Looks good MapleMounder. We are up the road from you. Hwy 2 and Meridian rd area. SW of Rockford.
    Collected another 55 gals today, 175 gals for the season. Since I can only cook for 4 hours I'm starting to back log some sap.
    2019
    7th year making sugar
    115 taps first year on vac

    2x4 Flat pan.
    Homemade RO 4x21XLE
    Shurflo 4048 pump

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    First batch of five gallons done tonight!
    Way tired, 5am comes quick but worth it.
    2019
    7th year making sugar
    115 taps first year on vac

    2x4 Flat pan.
    Homemade RO 4x21XLE
    Shurflo 4048 pump

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