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    Smile Tapping in Bug Tussle

    I lack 7 taps of 106 total to be all tapped for 2018. I put 40 in on tubing during last weeks thaw. Updated equipment this year includes a home built RO and a Lunchbox Vacuum for the taps on tubing.

    Wishing you a Sweet Season!
    John

    100+ Taps, 40 on 5/16 tubing

    Lunchbox Vacuum/Releaser, hodorskib's Small Scale RO

    3x7 Stainless Flat Pan

    No chickens........yet.

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    Hey John,
    how's your season going? We're doing a lot better than the last couple of years. We're hoping we can get a little more sap over the next few days, but I'm not sure how long the holes will stay open on our taps with bags, since we tapped mid-January.
    Doug
    Maple Creations, Coatesville, IN
    176 taps on plastic bags, 56 on 3/16 tubing
    "Custom" Kawasaki Mule collecting system
    Wood-fired 30"x8' D&G raised-flue w/Steam hood
    Sunrise Metals finisher & Wes Fab 7" pressure filter
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    If those taps were sanitized or new taps you should get 4-6 weeks on bags, on tubing with vacuum you usually will get 3 months with good sanitation practices.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 1000 for 2019?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    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
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    They were sanitized, but this is the end of the 6th week, so we're starting to push the limits. A few of them are starting to get some purple slime on them, so that's a bad sign. Unfortunately we've had quite a bit of warm weather lately, so that's not helping.

    If our tubing lines continue to run we might be able make a little more, we'll see. The forecast isn't all that great. We could add 12-15 on tubing & around 30 bags if we feel energetic & the forecast looks good for another week or so
    Doug
    Maple Creations, Coatesville, IN
    176 taps on plastic bags, 56 on 3/16 tubing
    "Custom" Kawasaki Mule collecting system
    Wood-fired 30"x8' D&G raised-flue w/Steam hood
    Sunrise Metals finisher & Wes Fab 7" pressure filter
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    Hey Doug,

    I also put in my taps mid January but I think the we have had a slower warm up than 2017. I have enough syrup to equal about a quart per tap. Better than the last two years. I plan to stay in a while longer.

    To your question from last year about tubing slope on my 40 taps, I think it is less than 4% on 5 year old Leader 5/16". How do you have your 3/16" tubing set up and how is working for you?
    John

    100+ Taps, 40 on 5/16 tubing

    Lunchbox Vacuum/Releaser, hodorskib's Small Scale RO

    3x7 Stainless Flat Pan

    No chickens........yet.

    http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/c.../Maple%20Camp/

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    Sorry John, I thought I had replied, but I guess I got happy fingers & it didn't post.
    We have our 3/16" lines on a property just north of Coatesville, on the west side of 75. We're working with an average slope over 7%, with a total drop of about 40'. So far in our second year of using the tubing we're really happy with it. Even with a short drive to get there & pumping ot into our transport tank we really like being able to collect sap from 50+ trees in about 20 minutes.
    For next year we're going to look into access to another nearby property that has a bit less slope, but it drops about 30' total, so that should still create decent vacuum.
    Our taps with bags are mostly dried up, but the tubing is running well. We pulled some bags from dry holes & moved them to trees we hadn't tapped to stretch things out a little, but it looks like we'll be wrapping up this weekend.
    Doug
    Maple Creations, Coatesville, IN
    176 taps on plastic bags, 56 on 3/16 tubing
    "Custom" Kawasaki Mule collecting system
    Wood-fired 30"x8' D&G raised-flue w/Steam hood
    Sunrise Metals finisher & Wes Fab 7" pressure filter
    http://www.facebook.com/maplecreations

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    3 months!! wow that is a game changer
    I know it is not a "game" for many people....but i am sure you know what i mean

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    Yeah, my wife said something about it being a long season earlier in the week, and it has been, but we really need to replace our syrup pans, so we're making as much as we can to sell.
    Now it's looking like good weather at least through the middle of next week, so we'll keep squeezing out as much as we can
    Doug
    Maple Creations, Coatesville, IN
    176 taps on plastic bags, 56 on 3/16 tubing
    "Custom" Kawasaki Mule collecting system
    Wood-fired 30"x8' D&G raised-flue w/Steam hood
    Sunrise Metals finisher & Wes Fab 7" pressure filter
    http://www.facebook.com/maplecreations

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    I just had to review the thread on Bug Tussle!
    Good luck with your season.
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    640 ish roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU & preheater, AOF [TRS] and AUF
    SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One hives of bees
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

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    John, we did a test run of 1000' of tubing to the woods (& back) last weekend. We plugged in our new Lunchbox, waited a bit and it pumped water back to the barn like a champ. We may have to get another one!
    Thanks for the demo last spring
    Doug
    Maple Creations, Coatesville, IN
    176 taps on plastic bags, 56 on 3/16 tubing
    "Custom" Kawasaki Mule collecting system
    Wood-fired 30"x8' D&G raised-flue w/Steam hood
    Sunrise Metals finisher & Wes Fab 7" pressure filter
    http://www.facebook.com/maplecreations

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