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    Got our vacuum bush's tapped (1150). Got em mostly leak free last couple days, also gonna check em out tomorrow if things thaw a little. Gonna wait for some real sap weather to finish the gravity tubing and buckets. Just need to get the membrane put in the new cdl 600 on the sugarhouse end of things.
    Matras Maple

    Started 15 years ago as backyard operation.
    Now have a 1325 taps and growing.
    Boiling on a 2.5x8 leader infurno with steamaway.
    New for 2019 a cdl 600 expandable RO, another bush on vac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dill View Post
    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.
    Hey Alden, How many taps you up to?
    Matras Maple

    Started 15 years ago as backyard operation.
    Now have a 1325 taps and growing.
    Boiling on a 2.5x8 leader infurno with steamaway.
    New for 2019 a cdl 600 expandable RO, another bush on vac.

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    Started the process today tapped about 500 . On snow shoes in my area of campton lots of snow in the woods . Shooting for 700 taps tomorrow .

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    I finished tapping today. I've got some repairs to do which I'll do tomorrow. It's amazing how fast some of the trees grow, I've got several that will take two taps now. It looks like the sap will start running here on Thursday so if I'm lucky I'll be boiling on Sunday. Good luck everybody!
    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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    My trigger finger is very itchy to tap this morning. Strongly considering going out later and start tapping, especially the steeper stuff before we get more snow this week. Pretty good walking right now and if Wednesday’s storm gives us a lot, it will be nice to be already tapped out.
    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 went out yesterday and packed down some trails, checked out my main line and laterals, the snow is Deep, Very Hard going especially in the deep stuff. Theres no crust really in the woods and even with snow shoes once in awhile you'll go over your knee deep. I'm going to cut a trail or 2 in the summer so maybe I can get up there on a sled. I'll keep plugging away at it, I've got a couple weeks anyway I'm certain.
    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've got over 500 taps in and ready right now. Thinking about trying to add more and maybe get up to 600 before things start flowing.
    Planning on 500 taps for 2018. 14x16 sugarhouse. Leader Patriot 2x6 w/hood. New to me MES 3-post Dolly gonna save me some long nights this year!

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    I got my releaser set up today and made the repairs and added the taps that I wanted to. It was a beautiful sunny day to be in the woods. I was able to run the vacuum pump for a couple of hours and pulled in a little sap even though it never got above freezing.
    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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    Yesterday we got the vac bushes all set and leak free (at the moment). Ran better than we thought, still not enough to boil tho. Hoping for some good runs this weekend to reap the rewards of all this work!
    Matras Maple

    Started 15 years ago as backyard operation.
    Now have a 1325 taps and growing.
    Boiling on a 2.5x8 leader infurno with steamaway.
    New for 2019 a cdl 600 expandable RO, another bush on vac.

  10. #20
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    Set 44 taps on Saturday. 30 on 3/16 tubing, 14 on buckets.
    Both 3/16 tubing runs running right out of the gate. Both on gravity...........25" vacuum on one.......20" on the other. This 3/16 stuff really works !!
    Buckets almost next to nothing; will hold off another week or so on remaining buckets. 3/16 tanks looked like about 50 gals. last night.
    2017 - 3 taps hanging buckets. Turkey fryer evap.
    2017-2018 Caught a bad case of the maple bug. Built a 55 gal. barrel evap. and homemade RO
    2018 - 32 taps on 5 gal. buckets.
    2019 - New Mason 2x4 XL. 80 taps - 50 on 5 gal. buckets, 30 on 3/16 tubing

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