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  1. #11
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    Putting the screws to 435 gals of sap today. 2x4 arch. Is working its heart out. Good thing I have an ro. Going to be a long day/night.
    2020
    8th year making sugar
    120 taps second year on vac

    2x4 Divided pan.
    Homemade RO 4x42XLE
    Shurflo 4048 pump

  2. #12
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    Peoria, IL
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    2020 season recap. We pulled last week and flushed our lines with water.

    Totals - 66 gallons syrup produced. That is less than 2019 total with an addition of 60 taps added. We had some difficult hurdles to overcome. First, the weather this season was quite difficult. February was cold with only a few runs. March was warm with only a few freezes. Second, we lost 600 gallons of sap due to a raised tank platform collapsing. Thankfully the tank was not damaged. Rebuilt the platform much sturdier. Lastly, the Covid-19 illness shut down the park district and cut my last few day of the season off. So all in all, I am thankful for what we could produce, but man I am disappointed in a very low total vs what I had hoped for. I hope everyone else battled through the sub-par weather for a decent season. Let me know how you are doing.
    Camp Wokanda
    Peoria Park District

    2020 - 210 taps 3/16 shurflo, upgraded hp pump on RO - 66 gallons
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 dolly RO - 73 gallons
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

  3. #13
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    I ended up with 3600 gallons of sap from my 140 taps, this was 1200 gal more than last year.Sugar ran from a high of 2.3 at the start to 1.3 when I pulled the taps. I had replaced some of my lines and I could see a real difference in the new vs the old ones. All in all I am pleased with my season. Now I hope the local farmer markets can start at some time so I can sell syrup.

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