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    Default Here's why we do it!!!

    Every spring I love getting out in the woods to tap the trees. We put in 102 taps today as a family (minus one since he was at a friends house). The weather was beautiful and the sap was flowing great today. Everyone got a taste or two also. Yup it will freeze up again this week, but I just couldn't let a beautiful day like this slip by.
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    2016-two straws stuck in tree by the kids-1 pint syrup
    2017-40 taps 8 gal. syrup
    2018-70 taps...19 gal syrup
    2019-90 taps....18.5 gal syrup
    2020- ? taps....unknown syrup.....new oil barrel arch

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    It's a great time when the kids are involved!
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, downsized after I lost my help, about 450-500 planned for 2021 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    What great memories for you and your family.
    10th year in….
    100 sap sacks...Actually, I hope to never have to use them again!
    1000' feet of 3/16th on gravity (not sure how many taps yet)
    14x14 sugar shack
    New 2x5 Hybrid Drop flue from Smoky Lake
    5" filter press from Daryl
    Sap Dog Chloe

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    Have a great season ! What part of the State are you from? Great to have another Wisconsinite on here.
    During the season I will have 20-30 from family and friends stop in at the Sugar Shack. No idea how many Brats and Natural casing hot dogs will be eaten but it will be a lot.
    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
    2020 Finally retired!!! 75 buckets, 50-75 on tubing. RO Bucket, New 12 X 16 Shack and a 36X42 flat pan.
    Lots of Family and Friends and a dog named Skyy!

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    For_the_Kids,
    Wonderful pictures!Thanks for posting them! Sure looks like they are having fun too! Making memories!
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

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    We live in vesper Wisconsin. It's about 7 mi west of Wisconsin rapids. How far from here are you trapper2? The kids really do enjoy getting out and watching the sap flow. Most of the trees that we tap are across the street on a piece of land that we own, however we tap four yard maples and they are constantly checking those buckets. My oldest boys have done all of the tending to the boiler for the last two years on the weekends. I considered getting a continuous flow pan this year when we upgraded from 4 steam trays, but went with the batch pan so that they just had to worry about firing the arch and not trying to draw off syrup. I figure I can always weld in dividers if I ever decide to. I love this site, and have gotten so many great ideas and good advice here it's hard to fathom. Best of luck to everyone this season, have fun and make memories!!
    2016-two straws stuck in tree by the kids-1 pint syrup
    2017-40 taps 8 gal. syrup
    2018-70 taps...19 gal syrup
    2019-90 taps....18.5 gal syrup
    2020- ? taps....unknown syrup.....new oil barrel arch

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    Quote Originally Posted by For_the_kids View Post
    We live in vesper Wisconsin. It's about 7 mi west of Wisconsin rapids. How far from here are you trapper2? The kids really do enjoy getting out and watching the sap flow. Most of the trees that we tap are across the street on a piece of land that we own, however we tap four yard maples and they are constantly checking those buckets. My oldest boys have done all of the tending to the boiler for the last two years on the weekends. I considered getting a continuous flow pan this year when we upgraded from 4 steam trays, but went with the batch pan so that they just had to worry about firing the arch and not trying to draw off syrup. I figure I can always weld in dividers if I ever decide to. I love this site, and have gotten so many great ideas and good advice here it's hard to fathom. Best of luck to everyone this season, have fun and make memories!!
    That's a nice area, I'm about 30 miles east of St. Point. My hunting land is where I tap. Live on Lake Winnebago.
    Have fun, we are tapping in on Sunday. Lines have taps cut in and ready to tap trees and buckets are staged 15 to an area.
    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
    2020 Finally retired!!! 75 buckets, 50-75 on tubing. RO Bucket, New 12 X 16 Shack and a 36X42 flat pan.
    Lots of Family and Friends and a dog named Skyy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by For_the_kids View Post
    Every spring I love getting out in the woods to tap the trees. We put in 102 taps today as a family (minus one since he was at a friends house). The weather was beautiful and the sap was flowing great today. Everyone got a taste or two also. Yup it will freeze up again this week, but I just couldn't let a beautiful day like this slip by.
    Great pics, with that crew your workload should be low..

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