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  1. #111
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    I pulled the taps on Sunday. The sap was still clear and 2.8%. We sure started slow but had a great last 2 weeks. 900 gallons of sap less than last year, but higher brix and better yield. Hardly any bugs to deal with. We ended up with 40 gallons of syrup. Now the clean up.
    Overall a good season, I think the quality of our syrup was the best we’ve produced.

    2018: 300 taps,60 gallons of syrup
    2019: 330 taps
    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

  2. #112
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    Well I guess it’s time to tap out in Peru. 25 degrees last night and no run here just a few trickles from the trees that still had some to give. Boiling down the flue pan tomorrow to get a final tally.

  3. #113
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    I was really hoping for one last hurrah today with a frost last night and tight buds on the trees but no dice. Just a trickle. Guess I'll shove it through the RO and boil in a big pot considering there's only 75 gallons at most of low sigar sap from the last 3 or 4 days. Luckily I have excess permeate to flush with.

    The fat lady is singing!
    Road's End Farm - Starting small with no end in sight!

  4. #114
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    I thought for sure we would have a run. Well below freezing and buds still tight like you said but you never know. No such thing as a normal year. Had a lot of fun, a bunch of friends and family stopped by and even made some syrup

  5. #115
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    Same here finished up last Sunday, collected 767 gallons of sap ended up with 22 1/2 gallons of syrup. Was a great season on my new evaporator. All cleaned up and waiting for next season. Time to start thinking food plots and deer season.
    Happy sugaring
    John

    1997-98 Coleman cook stove 20 taps
    99-2003 Two propane burners with 35 taps
    04-06 Leader half pint with 50-65 taps, then quit for 2 years
    2009 Back on Propane 20 taps
    2010-18 2x6 Leader wood fired, Patriot Pans 100-130 taps
    New for 2019 2x4 W.F. Mason Raised Flue 80 taps

  6. #116
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    How much wood did you go through why I am asking is I go through 4 cord of wood on a 2X3 flat pan and I make 25 to 30 gallons with the barrel stove I am looking at getting a real evaporator to cut my wood consumption in half ?
    Backyard sapper
    2x3 flat SS pan
    Barrel stove
    12x24 post and beam shack
    100 taps on tubes in 5 gallon buckets
    15-20 gallons a year for family and friends

  7. #117
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    I ran a 2x4 flat on a Mason arch with an AUF and was ripping 15-16 gallons of steam an hour, burned about 1.5 cord and made 14.5 gallons,was also running a preheater under a thrown together hood. I’m happy with my production considering I’ve been out of the game a few years and this whole rig was new to me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lukie View Post
    How much wood did you go through why I am asking is I go through 4 cord of wood on a 2X3 flat pan and I make 25 to 30 gallons with the barrel stove I am looking at getting a real evaporator to cut my wood consumption in half ?

  8. #118
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    Lukie, I would say about a cord to 10 gallons with a 2x6 evaporator. We ended up making about half the syrup of last year, but the good news is that we have about half the wood left!
    325 taps
    2x6 Phaneuf
    Illegitimati non carborundum

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  9. #119
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    I burned maybe 3 cords at most and made 61 gallons on a homemade 2x6. But I'm cheating because I have an RO
    Road's End Farm - Starting small with no end in sight!

  10. #120
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    ok so with me using a 2X3 flat pan I am not doing bad 2X6 has a lot more surface and yes Roads End you are cheating next step for me is a Mason evaporator and then a RO thanks guys for the info
    Backyard sapper
    2x3 flat SS pan
    Barrel stove
    12x24 post and beam shack
    100 taps on tubes in 5 gallon buckets
    15-20 gallons a year for family and friends

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