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    Default What are NH sugar makers up to

    Just thought I’d start a thread looking for overall updates about tapping status and overall talk for us NH guys .

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    Most likely starting to tap this weekend . Using leader check valves . Think I should be ok no warm up in sight but better a bit early than late .

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    I got my small vac system tapped in this week. Sun was out yesterday and I got enough sap to clean my lines out and started collecting at the end of the day. Temps look good only for the next 2 days but we will see. I have some roadside tree that I will probably wait on.
    Started in 2013 with 15 taps on buckets and a turkey frier.
    Now 2020, 250 taps, 3/16's with vac. 10x14 sugarhouse. 2x6 Leader raised flue. Homemade 50 gal per hour RO.
    Munson's Maple’s

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    Going to Repair Some lines and put a few Taps out this weekend. Looks cool for awhile, my woods faces East and doesn't thaw very quickly. I'm also using CVs about 600 of them. If I get tapped out and it hasn't warmed up I may run another couple hundred taps.
    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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    I also face east, so we are debating on whether or not to tap this weekend or next. The weather looks really good starting on the 22nd, so I may have to tap in this weekend to catch that. 84 taps this year almost exclusively on 3/16", just gravity.
    2015- Didn't know my new property enough to tap anything. 4-feet of snow on the ground.
    2016- 41 Taps with home made barrel evaporator. Made 1.5 gallons syrup.
    2017- 79 Taps with home made block arch evaporator. Made 2.47 gallons syrup
    2018- 91 Taps again with home made block arch. Homemade RO worked great. Made 6.96 gallons syrup.
    2019- 84 Taps. Building another arch. RO in place. New Smoky Lake 2x4 Divided Pan. Everything switched to 3/16" tubing.

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    Just about ready here. Going to wait to tap until it looks more promising sap weather.
    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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    I'm tapped in. Turned the pump on yesterday. It was reading 25in but I'm guessing I still have lots of ice in the lines. So tomorrow's job will be walking and fixing leaks when it warms up. Trying to figure out where to run my next mainline. I have the start and end point but haven't figured out the middle.
    30x40 Sugarhouse
    975 taps here at home. Still have 3-400 to add in.
    3x10 Cabin by the Creek evap with "steamaway"
    CDL 600 RO
    ebayed Sogevac S65

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    Default One more week

    Going to wait one more week here inHudson. All buckets for me. Looks cold next week. Going to go for it next Saturday!
    19x48 mini pro oil fired
    6x12 sugar house off back of shed
    2019- 50 taps all buckets- 6 Gallons syrup made
    2020 -50 taps, more Sugar Maples, with some Reds
    Two kids one patient wife

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    I got about half of my taps in last Sunday. I'm hoping to finish tapping tomorrow but I can finish Sunday if I don't. After I get the taps in I'll set up my releaser and wait for the sap to run.
    Russ

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

    Algier 2x6 evaporator, W F Mason arch
    Lapierre 250 Turbo RO machine
    SP-22 vacuum pump
    1930 Ford Model AA Doodlebug tractor
    1971 IH 454 52hp diesel tractor
    A couple of Honda 4 wheelers
    About a dozen chainsaws and no chickens

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    I’m up to 200 tapped in Merrimack. Got about 200 gallons this past week. Hoping for a good season and got 100 more to install on a ShurFlo pump.
    2020 Upgraded RO to 2 post and 7GBS Gould Pump. 400 taps
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed
    2014 110 taps
    2013 35 taps

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