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    11 below when we left the shack this morning. Didn't feel it though, had colder days back in January. That February sun does wonders when its out and not windy. Another great day in the woods. Made good progress on lines and drops. 4 more mainlines to go. Tapping has begun behind us. Should be waiting for mother nature by the 3rd week of February.

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    I got everything in the woods ready to tap last weekend. Also last weekend I finished wiring the blower on my new W F Mason arch and did a test boil. All I can say about that is WOW! I've never seen my flue pan boil as good as it did.

    I had a freeze up on my RO back in January. Today I replaced the broken pre-filter housing and ran the RO. The pumps all ran and built pressure with no leaks. I'll have to wait for sap to see if the membrane passes sugar or not. I do have a new membrane to install if it does pass sugar.

    I have a couple of little things to finish in the sugar house and am planning to tap next weekend.
    Russ

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

    Algier 2x6 evaporator, W F Mason arch
    Lapierre 250 Turbo RO machine
    SP-22 vacuum pump
    1930 Ford Model AA Doodlebug tractor
    1971 IH 454 52hp diesel tractor
    A couple of Honda 4 wheelers
    About a dozen chainsaws and no chickens

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    Got the pulley system in place to raise and lower steam hoods. Pump is going in this week and the loggers are making great progress on our other 40.IMG_0112.JPGIMG_0113.JPGIMG_0117.JPGIMG_0119.JPGIMG_0120.jpg
    Maple Man 85
    Anthony & Rebecca Renken
    2017=200 taps
    2018=4000 taps (goal) 3000 taps (actual)
    2019=7000 taps (goal)
    30x45 Sugar House
    4x16 Leader Vortex
    www.northwoodsmaplefarm.com

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    Very impressive expansion.
    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
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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