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    Default 2018 One for the Record Books

    I finished up boiling yesterday after gathering 100 gallons of sap. Got it all boiled in and the sweet pushed through the pans. I ended up with 108.75 gallons on 227 taps. That’s 0.479 gallons per tap. Not bad for not having high vacuum. I have 17 taps on 5/16” strictly gravity, 110 taps on a Shurflo pump pulling 20-23” of vacuum , and 100 taps on 5 lines of 3/16”. My sap never got above 1.8% this year and at the end was down to 1.1%. Lots of sap boiled and lots of wood used. Now the cleanup begins and time to start next year’s wood supply.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    Sounds like you had a great season. Enjoy your summer now.

    Spud

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    Thanks Spud
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    That is indeed a good production without being all high vacuum. If you have the elevation drop, most if not all of the 3/16 could be hi vacuum.
    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
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    Great job BAP.....those are great numbers congratulations
    Salisbury Sugarworks,,Parker Rowe, and friends
    Salisbury, N.H.
    1988 taps in 09
    over 2500 on vac in 2010
    no buckets in 2010
    2815 taps in 2011
    shooting for 3000 in 2012
    4000 taps? In 2014
    5x16 wood fired "Mighty Marvin"
    50 cords in the shed
    Old, old R.O.
    Charter member Andover/Salisbury Mapleholics
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    Thanks guys. I live at about 1150 feet elevation. My 3/16” has about 75’ drop from top to bottom so I get 27-28” vacuum on the gauges at the top. Unfortunately, you only get the high vacuum when it’s running good. When it’s marginal weather wise, it tends not to get running enough to get the good vacuum. My Shurflo setup will out run it when it doesn’t freeze for 2-3 days, when it is first getting going in the day, or late in the season when you need vacuum to keep the trees running and so on. Overall, I get great production from the 3/16, but this year there was several times particularly at the end that I would have gotten more with some sort of mechanical vacuum added to it.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    That's an awesome total, I can only dream my trees would give me that.
    Nate Hutchins
    Nate & Kate's Maple
    2018 1000 taps?
    20x36 sugarhouse
    CDL 600gph RO
    Franken evaporator, lapierre arch, smokylake pans and a leader hood with pre-heater.
    A wife and 2 kids.

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