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  1. #1
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    Default Planning for guests

    Every year I have family and friends who assume there will be active sugaring on Saturdays in March. They make plans to come up months in advance and sure enough, the weather and sap do not cooperate. I try and tell them that I can't make any promises, but they come anyway. A guy can only take the Ben and Jerry's tour so many times!
    70 on 3/16 natural vac for 2018
    110 buckets
    2 x 5 Smoky Lake Hybrid pan on a custom arch
    12x24 salvaged sugarhouse built by wife's grandpa
    1965 Massey Ferguson 165 tractor to haul sap.

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    Yeah, it never fails. I had friends stop by this weekend and I tapped a tree and hung a bucket to show how it's done. Freezing cold- not a thing came out of the tree- even put it in the sun. As you can imagine, the visitors were not too impressed with that demonstration.

    For more activities for visitors, I'm thinking we need to have "active firewood production" operations ready to go if it's cold and have "complimentary" leather work gloves to hand out!
    2014 Upgrades!: 24x40 sugarhouse & 30"x10' Lapierre welded pans, wood fired w/ forced draft, homemade hood & preheater
    400 taps- half on gravity 5/16, half on gravity 3/16
    Airablo R.O. machine - in the house basement!
    Ford F-350 4x4 sap gatherer
    An assortment of barrels, cage tanks & bulk tanks- with one operational for cooling/holding concentrate
    And a few puzzled neighbors...

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    Take a gallon of last year's syrup, add 40 gallons of water to it - pour it in the evaporator and boil away
    Big_Eddy
    Eastern Ontario (Quinte)
    20+ years on a 2x3 block arch,
    Homemade 20"x64" drop flue since 2011

    Build a Block Arch
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    Build a Flue Pan
    Sweetening the Pans
    Build a Bending Brake
    Using a Hydrotherm
    How much Sap to Sweeten?

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    Yep, never fails...a few years back my eldest bro came to visit. Sure enough the trees stopped running the day he arrived and began running again the day after he left :-)
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucket Head View Post
    Yeah, it never fails. I had friends stop by this weekend and I tapped a tree and hung a bucket to show how it's done. Freezing cold- not a thing came out of the tree- even put it in the sun. As you can imagine, the visitors were not too impressed with that demonstration.

    For more activities for visitors, I'm thinking we need to have "active firewood production" operations ready to go if it's cold and have "complimentary" leather work gloves to hand out!
    I had 9 guests this past weekend. Even though I had 180 gallons to boil, I didn't miss the opportunity to hand out work gloves. 3-4 full cords later and 1/2 done I'm not expecting many guests this weekend.
    1960 - 1970s 70 taps on galvanized buckets with Dad and Grandpa.
    1970s - 1985 Acted crazy!
    1986 - 2005 20-30 buckets.
    2006- 2017 70 buckets and bags
    2017-2019 100 bags and buckets 1 36X42 flat pan.
    Lots of Family and Friends and a dog named Skyy!

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    A local operation here advertises that if there's steam coming out of the top of the sugar shack, they are open for visitors. If not, just visit the store and buy some syrup. No guarantees about what days or hours they will be open.

    Not as easy to do with friends and family though.

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