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    Default North East Ohio 2019

    One year ago today we were looking at a big warm-up coming and getting out of single digit temps - not so much this year. Looks like we're finally getting some snow this weekend. Is anyone tapped yet, or about to?

    Have replaced all drops on 3/16 lines with 5/16 tube and zapbac spouts, and am waiting on an air injection system from H20. Also going with full vac on the 3/16 lines. Going to be a busy few weeks around here.
    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
    H20 Innovations Air Injection 2019
    CDL AirTech Pump Hi Vacuum 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 Canadian - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World...

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    Not tapped yet. Keeping an eye on the weather. Thinking we've turned the corner on the 50 degree days.

    Hobby Maple'r

    Kere Cawley

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    I really think this season will start late. (Hoping anyways ha ha)
    I am excited about my downsizing this year. I have 250 or so taps all on sugars coming right to the releaser in the sugarhouse. I also have a new small hobby RO on the way from May Hill Maple. Its a Leader Micro2. I also switched back to wood from fuel oil. I will have the luxury of tapping a different section of woods if I have a section go dry early since I am leaving my mainlines up from my 1000 tap operation. Replaced most of my drop lines. 150 of my taps will be on zap bac spouts, with the rest on my leftover unused cv2s.
    Sill have to brick my arch and finish some plumbing.
    No more bulk syrup only retail.
    1000 taps on vacuum back down to 100 buckets
    2x7 A&A Raised Flue
    Leader Micro2 RO (for sale)
    Gast 3040 vac pump, Lapierre electric releaser
    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
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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    Heus, been watching your posts regarding downsizing and think you'll really enjoy the quiet of wood fired vs. the roar of an oil burner. With a new Airtech L25 vacuum pump and CDL vertical electric releaser we'll be on hi vacuum for the first time ever....they keep telling me I'm going to need an RO. Although I really enjoy boiling and firing, I may want to check out your Micro RO if it gets too crazy. I too am using zap bac spouts this year.

    Think you're right about a late start, this is a different winter than last, and that's just fine with me also...lots to do over here with setting up the vacuum system and air injection. I must be nuts, but it's better than sitting on the couch.
    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
    H20 Innovations Air Injection 2019
    CDL AirTech Pump Hi Vacuum 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 Canadian - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World...

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    John I am looking forward to seeing how your air injection works out.
    1000 taps on vacuum back down to 100 buckets
    2x7 A&A Raised Flue
    Leader Micro2 RO (for sale)
    Gast 3040 vac pump, Lapierre electric releaser
    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
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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    Jason, Folks,
    Just across the line to the east of you. Hoping to get things in order and weather is right by Mid Feb? I guess its time to start looking forward a few weeks on Accu Weather! If you can believe it Mid Feb looks about right.
    Hoping I also get in the mood to make syrup. Just haven't been to enthused yet!
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    640 ish roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU & preheater, AOF [TRS] and AUF
    SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One hives of bees
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

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    Hey folks - not tapped yet here, 3/16 lines are up with 5/16 drops. Spoke to several larger producers in the last week and they are all thinking mid to late Feb. That's good to hear, I'm busy getting ready!

    Glad to be here, first post, long time observer.

    Brad
    12x18 Pine & Cedar Sugar House
    150 Taps on Vac - Dave's Super Sap Sucker
    Smoky Lake 2x5 custom raised flue with SSR
    Hood + Preheater + Water Jacketed Draw-off + Auto Draw
    Concentric Exhaust + Smoky Lake filter press + Bottler
    Lapierre 520g tank + Smoky Lake Head Tank
    Third generation farm - brought back the tradition in 16'

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    Welcome Brad
    1000 taps on vacuum back down to 100 buckets
    2x7 A&A Raised Flue
    Leader Micro2 RO (for sale)
    Gast 3040 vac pump, Lapierre electric releaser
    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
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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    Brad,
    Welcome! Good luck with your season! Sounds like your doing it right!
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    640 ish roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU & preheater, AOF [TRS] and AUF
    SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One hives of bees
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

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    Brad,

    Can you tell me about your Smoky Lake Head Tank with auto level? I haven't seen that advertised from them.

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Mike

    450 taps on vacuum - 2018 - 150 gal
    530 taps on vacuum - 2019- 190 gal
    24 x 32 Pole Barn Sugar House 2018
    Smoky Lake 2x8 Silverlake Raised Flue w/ concentric exhaust 2018
    Memprotec 350H RO
    Smoky Lake Water Jacket Bottler 2018
    Smoky Lake Filter Press 2018
    Smoky Lake Water Jacket Draw Off Tank 2018

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