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    Got My Vaccum pump going good today, it was pulling about 25" when I left sap is still not coming in that fast but hopefully it picks up today. Included a couple pictures.
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    Nate Hutchins
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    Franken evaporator, lapierre arch, smokylake pans and a leader hood with pre-heater.
    A wife and 2 kids.

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    Got to my sap tanks yesterday afternoon, found the vaccum down to 5" found a few leaks and got the vaccum up to 14", feeling kinda perplexed so went back up the mainline & found a 3/16 lateral with no sap in it followed that to the end and found where a critter had chewed off the line completely, actually chewed the latera's off from 4 trees right at The Drops, plugged the line with a end of line fitting. Went to the bottom and I was pulling 26.5" hg

    Checked the tanks this morning looks like I have about 325 gallons. Hopefully it's not Frozen when I get out of work. Still pulling 26.5" this morning.
    Nate Hutchins
    Nate & Kate's Maple
    2018 1000 taps?
    20x36 sugarhouse
    CDL 600gph RO
    Franken evaporator, lapierre arch, smokylake pans and a leader hood with pre-heater.
    A wife and 2 kids.

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    Sap has been trickling in this week, still no great runs, hauled 325 gallons last night. Vaccum has dropped off a little been steady at 25" , I think I have some trees that have finally thawed but are not producing sap because the root systems are still frozen and I'm thinking that lowered my vaccum. Hopefully a good run today, and maybe tomorrow with the low pressure coming in.
    Nate Hutchins
    Nate & Kate's Maple
    2018 1000 taps?
    20x36 sugarhouse
    CDL 600gph RO
    Franken evaporator, lapierre arch, smokylake pans and a leader hood with pre-heater.
    A wife and 2 kids.

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    thought we would do good today. Maybe 35 gallons of 200 plus taps. 52 degrees and sunny right now at 530pm. on a few trees are dripping in the direct sun. kinda bummed out!

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    I expected more also. I have like 200 gallons from the whole week so I'm boiling off now. Sugars down too... maybe the rain. I was at 3% all year this week was 2%. Hoping for better luck after the storm, Sunday and monday look stellar
    Years sugaring with Grandpa on a turkey fryer
    2013 50 taps on steam table pans outside
    2014 125+ taps on half pint 12x8 sugar shack
    2015 2x6 Sunrise metals JDL drop Flue 300 taps
    2016 Bought my first house. New area, less time, 125 taps
    2017 More time and getting closer to 300 taps again

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    My trees did pretty good today noon to 7pm was great. Tomorrow does not look good on forecast but you never know. Got something to boil anyway. I'm a bit NW of mt Washington on Cabot Mt.

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    I checked my weather station graph and we only hit 31 degrees for about an hour this morning. I can't tell if some of my trees are too cold or not cold enough. looks like tonight is gonna be a little cooler. fingers crossed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jpitreau View Post
    I checked my weather station graph and we only hit 31 degrees for about an hour this morning. I can't tell if some of my trees are too cold or not cold enough. looks like tonight is gonna be a little cooler. fingers crossed
    That's a bummer, I came home at 4 to find the vaccum back down to 10", up the hill I went, luckily the leak was only 100 ft off the mainline so I could hear it damb critters chewed the line again , found a hollow tree on my way down so I pulled that tap, vac is back up to 26", hard to say how much sap I lost but I collected 200 Gallons.

    Great to hear from some other northern nh sugar makers, let's all hope we have 2 more weeks.
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    Nate Hutchins
    Nate & Kate's Maple
    2018 1000 taps?
    20x36 sugarhouse
    CDL 600gph RO
    Franken evaporator, lapierre arch, smokylake pans and a leader hood with pre-heater.
    A wife and 2 kids.

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    200 gallons Friday, 14" of snow today. Sounds like good sap weather the next 3 days,then it's anyone's guess,

    We are hosting our first of what hopes to be an annual "Sugaring off Party" tonight 5 to 10 pm, hopefully we get a good turn out. I've got 500 gallons of sap to boil and plenty of snow for Sugar on snow, also ice cream & syrup, I made a batch of Homemade maple ice cream that people generally can't get enough of. So hopefully we get a good crowd
    Nate Hutchins
    Nate & Kate's Maple
    2018 1000 taps?
    20x36 sugarhouse
    CDL 600gph RO
    Franken evaporator, lapierre arch, smokylake pans and a leader hood with pre-heater.
    A wife and 2 kids.

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    started off good today. everything was dripping pretty early. not much collected at 5pm. we have about 300gallons in the tank. I'm thinking that it's about over. maybe leave the taps in for the rest of the week and see what happens. you never know!

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