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    Default who's ready? could you go out and tap tomorrow?

    Other than needing a new 20V drill, ready to rumble here in Kent

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    Still waiting on a delivery of 3/16 tubing and taps from CDL. Figured this year I will make my 100ft of elevation change do the work for me. Worried my diy evaporator (that's not built yet) might get swamped with more sap than it can boil.

    Weather has been perfect lately tho.

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    I think I could. New arch and evaporator are bricked and ready to go. Going to give it a test boil tomorrow. New milk tank in place and just needs another cleaning. Lines and buckets all set to go.

    Still thinking about how to cool my milk tank. Can't find a refrigeration guy that's interested in getting it back up and cooling. Seriously considering calling it with a water chiller unit. Its either that or frozen blocks of sap. On the fence....
    1980 - 6 taps, stone fire pit, drain pan evaporator, 1 pint of syrup
    2016 - 55 taps on 3/16 and gravity, new sugar shack, 2x3 Mason XL, 16 gallons of syrup
    2017 - 170 taps on 3/16, 30 on buckets, 2x4 Mason XL, NextGen RO. 50 gallons of syrup
    2018 - 19 more acres, 250+ taps on gravity and buckets, 2x5 Smokey Lake arch and Beaverland pan.

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    I am absolutely ready to go. Just finished putting up 107 taps on 3/16th tubing, cleaned the shack and equipment, got supplies,set collection tanks and got wood stacked at the shack all I need is the right weather and I'm a go. I have 40 taps on one hill I will tap for fall/late winter to make some early syrup. I will probably tap those trees in two weeks and hope to run them until second week of January, then a 2-3 week break and all in for regular season. It' on baby!

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    A good day of cleaning equipment I'd be ready.
    2017 190Taps on vacuum
    44 on 3/16 natural vacuum
    10 buckets
    20 taps on bags
    Brand new Smokylake 2X6 pan set with auto draw
    Revamped sugar house
    Homebuilt 2 4x40 membrane RO
    Homebuilt filter press
    Rebuilt arch with under and over the fire air we have named V 2.0
    New Smokylake steam bottler

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    Nope...not even at gunpoint....
    Chris Hicks
    The Sugar House at Morningstar Farm
    24x50 sugar House
    New 4x12 reverse fired leader arch and steam away
    new h2o innovations 1000 gph r.o.
    it's time to get back in the woods!
    www.sappyguys.com
    603-479-0804

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    100% ready to go right now, although I am hoping the season doesn't start this year until it is supposed to. I'd like to get a little ice fishing in this winter.
    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    2012: Converted the flat pan to continuous flow. 33 buckets. 9.5 gallons made
    2015: New to me Lapierre 18x60 raised flue, new shack, new everything!! 59 taps 23.75 gallons made
    2016: 85 taps 19 gallons
    2017: Purchased 2.5 acres and tubed half with 3/16. 145 taps total 49.25 gallons made
    2018: 200 taps. 162 on 3/16ths 38 on buckets
    www.wnybass.com

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    I am ready to go. I have a feeling we may see sap flow for a week this January. I bought my spouts already because I was told they are selling fast right now. Good luck everyone.

    Spud

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    Ready to go??

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
    HEHEHEHE!

    HOHOHOHO!!

    Noticed yesterday a big ole fat tree came down on one of the mains.
    Been meaning to replace that little 100’ stretch anyway.

    Need to repair a tank.

    Some electronics to fool around with.

    See if’n I can’t get the RO to quit leaking.

    Wood to split yet, always the wood.

    But I am closer than I’ve ever been at this point.
    42.67N 84.02W


    350 taps- 300 on vacuum, 50 buckets
    JD gator 625i Sap hauler w/65 gal tank
    Leader 2X6 drop flue

    Homemade auto draw-off
    Homemade preheater
    Homebrew RO, 2- xle-4040's
    LaPierre double vertical releaser
    Kinney KC-8 vacuum pump

    12X24 shack
    Lots of chickens and a few cats.

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    First snow of the season today. The workers and I finally made it in the woods to start running the 3/16 tubing.
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    2016 25 taps on buckets got me hooked
    2017 70 taps on 3/16 tubing and DIY oil tank evaporator

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