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    Getting excited! We got the doors hung this weekend and I will be finishing up with the door locks/hardware this week. I received an e-mail from Jim Schumacher that my new evaporator and associated equipment is being loaded on their truck today! I should be getting a delivery by the end of the week!!!

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    2016 - 2 x 4 Randy Worthen built arch and pans (just starting out!) 11 taps; 2.625 gallons of syrup!
    2017 - 29 taps; 11.625 gallons of syrup!
    2018 - 30 taps; 98 pints bottled! 2x4 Arch and pans sold! New sugar house being built, new equipment coming!

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    The evaporator arrived! It looks awesome! We have it in place and leveled and we are working on the chimney install. Once that's done we'll do a final level and start bricking!
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    2016 - 2 x 4 Randy Worthen built arch and pans (just starting out!) 11 taps; 2.625 gallons of syrup!
    2017 - 29 taps; 11.625 gallons of syrup!
    2018 - 30 taps; 98 pints bottled! 2x4 Arch and pans sold! New sugar house being built, new equipment coming!

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    Finished the chimney on Thursday just before the weekend rains came. I also got the arch insulated and bricked!
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    2016 - 2 x 4 Randy Worthen built arch and pans (just starting out!) 11 taps; 2.625 gallons of syrup!
    2017 - 29 taps; 11.625 gallons of syrup!
    2018 - 30 taps; 98 pints bottled! 2x4 Arch and pans sold! New sugar house being built, new equipment coming!

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    Nice digs. You're doin' it right

    2014: 200 taps
    2015: 246 taps
    2016: 250+ taps
    2017: 300 taps
    2018: 300 taps,60 gallons of syrup
    Drop lines and hanging buckets, all hand lugged
    2 X 6 raised flue evaporator
    7in. Filter press
    17 HP Kubota tractor
    12 X 16' sugar shack
    Sugar and red maples

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    Nice job, it is looking good! I wish mine was as far along as yours is, this darn rain is killing me ......
    maple enthusiast - 2018 - 295 taps new Leader MicRO single, new Leader 15 gal canner
    2017 - 270 taps new Sunrise JDL Extreme w/preheater AUF & new Leader 5 plate Plastic Filter Press, made 53 gal.
    2016 - 140 taps new Wes Fab short bank filter press, made 17 gal.
    2015 - 85 taps new Sunrise 2x4 spitfire, made 23 gal.
    2012 - 2014 Turkey Fryer , made 1 to 2 gallons / yr

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    You're in good shape. The year I built my sugarhouse I made the mistake of getting a permit (applied in May) and the city held me up with hoops to jump thru until the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. I later learned I didn't even need a permit for agricultural buildings. The codes guy admitted that when I asked him 2 years later. Of course he would not tell me ahead. He said he figured I wanted to be sure everything was safe (we all know, he wanted to be a pain in my side and to be sure the assessor knew it was there.
    That fall, I got a group of family and friends to spend New Years Eve day putting up the homemade trusses. The steel went up the next Saturday and I was working on it everyday, rain, snow or shine (it may have shined 1 or 2 days) right up to tapping time.
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    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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    Maple Flats: I actually took out a building permit and have called for two inspections but he has never shown up. The assessor showed up the day they were pouring the floor however!
    2016 - 2 x 4 Randy Worthen built arch and pans (just starting out!) 11 taps; 2.625 gallons of syrup!
    2017 - 29 taps; 11.625 gallons of syrup!
    2018 - 30 taps; 98 pints bottled! 2x4 Arch and pans sold! New sugar house being built, new equipment coming!

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    More progress! Got the evaporator set up:
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    2016 - 2 x 4 Randy Worthen built arch and pans (just starting out!) 11 taps; 2.625 gallons of syrup!
    2017 - 29 taps; 11.625 gallons of syrup!
    2018 - 30 taps; 98 pints bottled! 2x4 Arch and pans sold! New sugar house being built, new equipment coming!

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    Looks good. Do you plan to put in a hood or just use the cupola for venting?

    2014: 200 taps
    2015: 246 taps
    2016: 250+ taps
    2017: 300 taps
    2018: 300 taps,60 gallons of syrup
    Drop lines and hanging buckets, all hand lugged
    2 X 6 raised flue evaporator
    7in. Filter press
    17 HP Kubota tractor
    12 X 16' sugar shack
    Sugar and red maples

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    Thanks! For now we are going to rely on the cupola for venting. This will be our first year in the new sugarhouse with the new evaporator so at this point, it's all new for us!
    2016 - 2 x 4 Randy Worthen built arch and pans (just starting out!) 11 taps; 2.625 gallons of syrup!
    2017 - 29 taps; 11.625 gallons of syrup!
    2018 - 30 taps; 98 pints bottled! 2x4 Arch and pans sold! New sugar house being built, new equipment coming!

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