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    Put in 94 taps today on 3/16" 5/16" gravity and 18 buckets around the yard for ascetics (keep the wifey happy ) hope to have our first boil next sat.......

    Good luck this season to everyone! After the storm passes we are in for a thaw
    1st Year Turkey Fryer Guru-10 taps and No Clue
    2nd Year Warming Pans on a Barrel Unit-25 taps Still No Clue
    3rd Year 2 X 3 Divided Pan on a NEW Homemade Barrel Unit-45 taps Starting To Learn
    4th year (2017) Mason 2 X 3 Inside Small Shack-85 Taps I Think I'm Addicted!!

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    Nice, good luck!
    2016: First year. Homemade evaporator out of little woodburning stove with steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 galls syrup
    2017: Same little homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time (New baby!) Downsized to 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.
    2019: Still very limited time, with a one-year-old. Downsized even further to 7 taps and a short season. 2.1 gallons syrup

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    Nice! You are just a few ahead of me. Had 3 boils so far. Putting out some more taps and pump stations tomorrow and Monday.

    Dave
    Mountain Maple farm
    2019: 180 taps, 60 on gravity, 100+ on vacuum using my programmable S3 controllers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biz View Post
    Nice! You are just a few ahead of me. Had 3 boils so far. Putting out some more taps and pump stations tomorrow and Monday.

    Dave
    how do you like the new evaporator Dave?
    1st Year Turkey Fryer Guru-10 taps and No Clue
    2nd Year Warming Pans on a Barrel Unit-25 taps Still No Clue
    3rd Year 2 X 3 Divided Pan on a NEW Homemade Barrel Unit-45 taps Starting To Learn
    4th year (2017) Mason 2 X 3 Inside Small Shack-85 Taps I Think I'm Addicted!!

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    Boiled down 70 plus gallons and finished off 1/2 gallon of syrup. Sap was 2% on Sat........checked the totes this morning and already had 40 gallons of sap. This is going to be a busy week with the temps.
    1st Year Turkey Fryer Guru-10 taps and No Clue
    2nd Year Warming Pans on a Barrel Unit-25 taps Still No Clue
    3rd Year 2 X 3 Divided Pan on a NEW Homemade Barrel Unit-45 taps Starting To Learn
    4th year (2017) Mason 2 X 3 Inside Small Shack-85 Taps I Think I'm Addicted!!

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    Nice! Down in the foothills the forecast is now only showing one night of freeze this week. Bummer for us, but should be great for you folks up higher!

    I boiled down 36 gallons for just 2 1/4 quarts this weekend. 1.4% sap.
    2016: First year. Homemade evaporator out of little woodburning stove with steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 galls syrup
    2017: Same little homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time (New baby!) Downsized to 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.
    2019: Still very limited time, with a one-year-old. Downsized even further to 7 taps and a short season. 2.1 gallons syrup

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    Up to 10 gallons so far Westfield taps slowed down this weekend blandford ones ran good Sat

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    Did my forth boil yesterday. I made 3+ gallons so far this year all gold. Sitting on 55 gallons of sap this morning. Running 40 taps this year 14 of which are on a 3/16 run. Feels like I am way ahead of past season yields!
    50 taps ave. half on buckets half on 3/16
    2x3 pan on fire brick / fieldstone arch
    started 2012

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    yeah honestly this year is the first year i tapped before the middle feb. and ive made more syrup than i ever have this early ( 47 gals ) as of yesterday and i feel our regular season is just starting, the only thing i hope is that the sugar content will come up a bit ( averaging 1-1.5 % so far) hopefully there is a couple big runs to make it a banner year .
    2x6 leader WSE with AUF, hood,preheater
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    10 in short stack wes fab filter press
    540 taps on tubing with vac & always adding
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    Collected 47 gallons of sap last night sugar was 2.25%

    Running hard today should be a great boil this weekend. Hope I get my murphy cup by then
    1st Year Turkey Fryer Guru-10 taps and No Clue
    2nd Year Warming Pans on a Barrel Unit-25 taps Still No Clue
    3rd Year 2 X 3 Divided Pan on a NEW Homemade Barrel Unit-45 taps Starting To Learn
    4th year (2017) Mason 2 X 3 Inside Small Shack-85 Taps I Think I'm Addicted!!

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