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    You for sure really have to be passionate about your operation, hi tech or low to tech. For me its about being efficient and always trying to find better ways to do things, while still enjoying the craft. Then again i think i might be wired a little differently cause the hustle is what keeps me going, just be sure what ever it is to enjoy it, and Keep Living the dream!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heus View Post
    Chris and John, Its going to be weird going back to boiling raw sap. Good luck in your seasons.
    Jason, how's it going over there these past two weeks with the new rig and raw sap?
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    CDL Hobby RO & Air Tech L25 Hi Vac Pump 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
    Great Family 3 grown kids+spouses and 7 grand kids who like the woods
    7th Gen Born in Canada - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World..<grin>.

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    Jason,
    I think I just saw one of your buckets go past the window! Hope things are good!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    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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    Chris I have made about 10 gallons so far. I am used to collecting sap from buckets but the hardest adjustment is boiling raw sap.
    1000 taps on vacuum back down to 105 buckets
    2x7 A&A Raised Flue
    CDL 12" vacuum filter
    2019 Kawasaki Mule Pro MX Sap Hauler
    Past evaporators: Phaneuf 2x6, A&A 2.5x10, Smoky Lake 2x8 (oil then wood fired)
    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal 2020: 30 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heus View Post
    Chris I have made about 10 gallons so far. I am used to collecting sap from buckets but the hardest adjustment is boiling raw sap.
    Jason, amen to that! With the RO this year I was able to get to 6% with Tuesday's run....geez we were getting big draws every 15 minutes and making 2 gal/hour...used to be 30-45 minutes between draws.
    Don't miss that at all...my wood pile lasts longer too <grin>
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    CDL Hobby RO & Air Tech L25 Hi Vac Pump 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
    Great Family 3 grown kids+spouses and 7 grand kids who like the woods
    7th Gen Born in Canada - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World..<grin>.

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