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  1. #21
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    Got a full tote of 275 gallons last night was very happy with that! Pulled my batteries off of the ShurFlo pump setups and replaced them with 3 small lawmower batteries just to keep the flow going while the big ones recharged, came back this morning to put the big ones back and had about 100 more gallons. Very surprised, but the trees seemed to run all night, was 29 when i left for work and the lines were frozen, but its already up to 40 here in Merrimack. Should be another good day. I boiled down the 200 gallons of 3.4% I got the night before while the RO was chugging on the new sap. Looks like I will be ok for the weekend sap wise. I'll go to my buddies tonight and fill another tote. Up to over 2000 gallons of sap collected so far this season. Started off slow, but turning into a great season for me.

    Got my Autodraw to pour out at a fairly good cadence...yesterday my syrup temp was 219.55 the valve would open and pour out for roughly a minute or 2 then close off while it dropped down to about 219.2 then just a few minutes later it would hit back to the 219.5 and repeat. The new 2x6 Smoky Lake pans and my oil burner have my evaporator averaging close to 50gph. really happy with how everything works so far. My RO is my slowdown point, but next year I'll add an extra tower to fix that as well.

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    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 to the Middle East, no surgaring for me :-(
    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 to the Middle East
    2014 110 tap all tubed buckets.
    2013 35 taps, all buckets

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    Good week Scott. Averaged 80+ gals. per day early this week, and yesterday shot up to 122 gal. Glad to have my little homebuilt RO to keep my boils manageable. Forgot you are on oil now.....must be nice not cutting/splitting/hauling all that firewood. Good luck for the weekend. Will be boiling hard on this end.
    Bill
    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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    Yeah that oil burner is pretty badass. It absolutely flies, I get my whole evaporator fully boiling in about 9 minutes. :-)

    Good luck this weekend Bill
    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 to the Middle East, no surgaring for me :-(
    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 to the Middle East
    2014 110 tap all tubed buckets.
    2013 35 taps, all buckets

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    Had a lot of good people come by and check out my small sugaring operation this weekend. Had decent sales but was more excited to see the little ones smiling and tasting the syrup. I had a steady flow of people both days and made about 10 gallons of syrup while the evaporator was chugging away. I decided to boil raw sap instead of running it through the RO so that I would have a good 4-5 hours of boiling time each day. That worked out just fine for me, only 1 family came by after I had shutdown for the day on Sunday, but I still walked them through the process. I will probably be wrapping up my season this weekend. Temps dont look good after Wednesday, so will have to just see how much sap I get and hopefully I can have 1 more strong weekend.
    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 to the Middle East, no surgaring for me :-(
    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 to the Middle East
    2014 110 tap all tubed buckets.
    2013 35 taps, all buckets

  5. #25
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    I wouldn't be relying on the extended forecast. It's only somewhat accurate for 2 days, an educated guess for 5 days and strictly going by computer models after that. I wouldn't be thinking about ending the season just yet.
    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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