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  1. #31
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    Gotcha. Makes sense.
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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 - RB20 (uh-oh!)

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    Surprise, surprise. My trees ran through the night. Collected 2.5 gallons per tap over last 36 hours. Not a bad little run considering I was just complaining earlier today... hope everyone else had the same flow!
    2014 - 15 taps
    2015 - 20 taps
    2016 - 25 taps
    2017 - 60 taps - added sugar shack and first evaporator
    2018 - 70 taps on Bags
    2019 - 90 taps - new 2x4 corsair with hybrid pro pan from Smokey Lake

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    I am also low on wood, have two days left. an RO is the answer.
    12x16 Sugar House 2x6 Maple Pro wood fired evaporator Arctic Cat 4x4 1980 Snowmobile 225 taps on buckets 17 Taps on 3/16th tubing on steep hillside

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    Cooking early this morning and saw frost on my roof as daylight broke. Maybe it got cold enough for long enough for another run today? Highs in mid 50’s? I’m cooking to get rid of everything from last 2 days and will see what happens today. But I’m here and cooking until nature says it’s over!
    2014 - 15 taps
    2015 - 20 taps
    2016 - 25 taps
    2017 - 60 taps - added sugar shack and first evaporator
    2018 - 70 taps on Bags
    2019 - 90 taps - new 2x4 corsair with hybrid pro pan from Smokey Lake

  5. #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by gatzow View Post
    Surprise, surprise. My trees ran through the night. Collected 2.5 gallons per tap over last 36 hours. Not a bad little run considering I was just complaining earlier today... hope everyone else had the same flow!
    Mine did as well. Silvers on vac gave 2gpt and sugars on 3/16 ran 3gpt and were still going when I emptied the barrel last night around 8:30pm. Didn't appear to get cold enough last night to kick start them once more, so we'll be signing off soon if the forecast is right.
    42.82N
    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 - RB20 (uh-oh!)

  6. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Sugar Maple View Post
    I am also low on wood, have two days left. an RO is the answer.
    Every RO maker should have a motto "RO Saved My Marriage" or something along those lines I can't believe the difference in having one, it's awesome. So much less wood burned and I can actually sleep at night while doing my day job.
    42.82N
    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 - RB20 (uh-oh!)

  7. #37
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    Bottled 6 more gallons of syrup today. I haven’t had much sugar sand this year up until this last boil. And my goodness did the sand come on. Actually cooked on the pan to the point that I had flakes of it floating in sap that was boiling. I drained the whole pan and finished over propane and the pots were “popping” on the heat. I see burnt spots on my pan so I’m hoping it’s just sand that I can get off. Gonna be really sad if my pan has permanent burnt stains from this batch. The whole thing made the clean out and finish really hard. Might make me fold up for the season and say “forget it”....
    2014 - 15 taps
    2015 - 20 taps
    2016 - 25 taps
    2017 - 60 taps - added sugar shack and first evaporator
    2018 - 70 taps on Bags
    2019 - 90 taps - new 2x4 corsair with hybrid pro pan from Smokey Lake

  8. #38
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    Wow! I thought my sand was bad in this last batch, but not that bad, holy cow! Bottled up another 5.5 gallons last night of dark stuff with a really buttery flavor - very unique compared to what I've made over the last few years. Might be it save for a few (30 or so) gallons of sap in the barrel on my sugars (3/16 just never stops running). 26.5 gallons of syrup off 96 total taps is essentially it for us this season. 32 sugars, 56 silvers, 8 Norways. Spent a few whole weeks above freezing during the time since tapping (2/14). Could have been better; could have been worse too. Tons of fun though!
    42.82N
    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 - RB20 (uh-oh!)

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