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  1. #21
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    moved my tiny lil sugar shack with the help of my friends, some planks and rails and a little tractor. And used refractory cement to patch up as many holes in my shack's woodstove so it isn't leaking like a sieve. Just need to get some gasket rope to help seal the areas that still need to be openable. And was glad to see my smokepipe was barely even sooty so I clearly did things right in terms of what got burned in there this spring.
    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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    We plan to finish the sugarhouse to get a little more weather tight. Then finish a 1200 mainline run which should add 600+ taps plus the ability to add more as time allows or as taps are needed.
    Tapping since 1985 (four generations back to early to mid 1900s). 200-250 taps on buckets and then tubing in the mid 90s. 2013- 275 taps w/sap puller 25 gal. 2014-295 taps w/sap puller 55 ga. (re-tapped to vacuum theory) 2015-330 taps full vac. 65 gal, 2016-400 taps 105 gal, 2017-400 taps 95 gal. 2018-additional 800' mainline and maybe 400 new taps for a total near 800 taps. 2x6 Leader WSE (last year on it) supported by a 250 gph RO.

  3. #23
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    Entering fairs and just picked up my 2nd place finishers (class of 6)...happy to win back my entry fee and a shiny piece of blue satin :-)
    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

  4. #24
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    Mar 2015
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    Wind Lake, WI
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    Just got my RB20 kit from the RO Bucket folks and need to get assembling some rainy day. Looking forward to saving some time and a whole lot of firewood. 99 taps last year on a divided 2x4 was a lot of time and wood. I might add a few more trees next season
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    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.
    2020 - 4x400 RO (uh-oh!)

  5. #25
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    Just fixing sugar house foundation and building a tank room of the side of the sugar house. The father-in-law is thinning out another section of sugar bush for me to run lines this winter.
    2011 55gallon drum evaporator 25 buckets;2012 shanty, and 2 1/2x8 evaporator, 200 buckets;2013 400 buckets; 2014 752 buckets 250gph RO, filter press;2015 1000 taps on line ; 2016 sold equipment, sold sap; 2017 sold sap; 2018 logged woods, added another sugar bush, 250 taps on high vac, 2x6 leader with max flu, new MES dolly 300, made 138 gal syrup; 2019 new CDL 600 expandable, new Wes filter press , bigger generator, 500 taps made 110 gal syrup; 2020 800 taps new vacuum pump.

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