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  1. #171
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    Yesterday was my biggest boil so far, 106 gallons. At the beginning of the season, I thought this would be my smallest batch. What I do know is both of the evaporators I built work very well and are ready for when we do get a good season. I've had a total of about 250 gallons of sap from 235 trees. Some trees are starting to bud now. I think I'll take those taps and put them on the Birch trees and see if I can salvage the season.
    Here's a video of the evaporator I made.

    https://youtu.be/-FrrOZM5nvU
    2016- 32 taps, 3 1/2 gallons
    2017- 150 taps, 13 gallons after building an evaporator
    2018- goal is 240+ taps. 20+ gallons.
    2018 Reality- 235 taps, 5 gallons of syrup. Average 50 birch taps and 3 gallons of syrup.
    Latitude 47.278150

    livingoffmyland.com

  2. #172
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    Aitkin, MN
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    Wow! Very nice - how deep is your pan? and how deep do you run the sap in it?
    For me, and being a hobby, I enjoy the physics.

  3. #173
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    I got the pan and heating oil barrel for free last fall. It's only 4" tall. I run it about 1" deep.
    I paid about $350for everything. $300 for firebrick and then just stove pipe.
    2016- 32 taps, 3 1/2 gallons
    2017- 150 taps, 13 gallons after building an evaporator
    2018- goal is 240+ taps. 20+ gallons.
    2018 Reality- 235 taps, 5 gallons of syrup. Average 50 birch taps and 3 gallons of syrup.
    Latitude 47.278150

    livingoffmyland.com

  4. #174
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    Eden Prairie, MN
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    If you guys have never been, you should consider joining us at the Minnesota Maple Syrup Producers meeting on the 19th. It's in your home town, Big Pine! There will be big and small producers there, old hands and newbies. I always learn something new and meet some great people.
    John
    2x8 Smokylake drop flue with AOF/ AUF
    180 taps on sacks
    60 on 3/16 tubing with shurflo
    Eden Prairie, Minnesota

  5. #175
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    Aitkin, MN
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    Thanks for the tip! Only a few miles away and I was unaware. Have been to the Woodrow's Retail Store - great resource to have in our backyard!

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