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  1. #21
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    My trees have finally kicked into high gear. Used the RB15 bucket yesterday. Definitely a learning curve, but it's amazing. Cooked off 75 and have about 2 gallons ready to finish. Collected my saptank at the bottom of my 3/16 gravity line, full since yesterday at 12.
    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)
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    It has been a big week here as well. Should be a decent run today. I would guess we will process about 14K gallons this week.
    I'm optimistic for next week as well. still snow around, decent forecast with freezing most nights.
    We are on pace for a real good year. Making nice syrup, easy filtering, though making the syrup pan dirty, requiring extensive cleaning after each boil. But that is running 2000+ gallons of sap through it each night.

    Be well out there and enjoy the days...the peepers aren't far off. (had a salamander crawl into the sugar house on Wednesday)
    Jeff Emerson
    www.emersonsmaplehill.com
    3x12 Leader with over air, custom piggyback, 600gph CDL RO
    2500 on 25" vacuum, +900 buckets (buying sap)
    350 big bear and 1950's Ford 600 wood hauler, Husqvarna! (261, 372xpBigBore, 562xp, rebuilding a 2100cd)

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    Curious how you clean your syrup pan? Tools, chemicals, etc? Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff E View Post
    It has been a big week here as well. Should be a decent run today. I would guess we will process about 14K gallons this week.
    I'm optimistic for next week as well. still snow around, decent forecast with freezing most nights.
    We are on pace for a real good year. Making nice syrup, easy filtering, though making the syrup pan dirty, requiring extensive cleaning after each boil. But that is running 2000+ gallons of

    Be well out there and enjoy the days...the peepers aren't far off. (had a salamander crawl into the sugar house on Wednesday)
    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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    Default cleaning pan

    Quote Originally Posted by gatzow View Post
    Curious how you clean your syrup pan? Tools, chemicals, etc? Thanks
    With a garden hose!!! Lol . if the pan gets buildup on the inside i will take the angle grinder with a metal wire wheel (same as a welder would use). This will take the gunk n carbon off and get you to bare metal. Just got back in with 18 gallons from mondays run(57 taps hard maple trees Hayward, WI)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GramaCindy View Post
    My trees have finally kicked into high gear. Used the RB15 bucket yesterday. Definitely a learning curve, but it's amazing. Cooked off 75 and have about 2 gallons ready to finish. Collected my saptank at the bottom of my 3/16 gravity line, full since yesterday at 12.
    I also have the RB 15. New to me this year, yes learning curve but I think I have it dialed in now after running 2000 gallons through it. 3 things I learned, Keep the pickup filter clean coming out of barrel,
    don't try using if its colder than 30 as slush build up in the lines and also make sure inlet house is fully inserted into fitting on bottom of bucket or you don't achieve the 100-120 lbs. of pressure. I've been changing my bucket filter every 400 gallons or so.
    Have Fun.
    1960 - 1970s 70 taps on galvanized buckets with Dad and Grandpa.
    1970s - 1985 Acted crazy!
    1986 - 2005 20-30 buckets.
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    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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    I thought I'd be done by now but the next ten days look decent, I'm adding 50 more bags today in spots we couldn't get to because of snow. The season hasn't been too bad, no big runs but fairly steady. 35 gallons of syrup so far.
    2X6 Smokey Lake Evaporator, Kawasaki 400, 260+ taps using bags and buckets. Retired.

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    I clean my syrup pan almost daily, with water and milk stone remover.
    I drain, rinse, then soak for a couple of hours. Drain, keeping the acid wash, rinse, shop vac, wipe down.

    If I don't do it daily, especially the second half of the season, I get build up that can scorch.

    Basically the same thing at the end of the season.
    Jeff Emerson
    www.emersonsmaplehill.com
    3x12 Leader with over air, custom piggyback, 600gph CDL RO
    2500 on 25" vacuum, +900 buckets (buying sap)
    350 big bear and 1950's Ford 600 wood hauler, Husqvarna! (261, 372xpBigBore, 562xp, rebuilding a 2100cd)

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    By the way I pulled the pin on Sunday. Our sugar was way down, 1.4 on Sunday. Getting cloudy, so syrup quantity and quality were not worth the effort.
    Jeff Emerson
    www.emersonsmaplehill.com
    3x12 Leader with over air, custom piggyback, 600gph CDL RO
    2500 on 25" vacuum, +900 buckets (buying sap)
    350 big bear and 1950's Ford 600 wood hauler, Husqvarna! (261, 372xpBigBore, 562xp, rebuilding a 2100cd)

  9. #29
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    How did everyone in NW do this year. A slightly subpar year? We made nice syrup, but I think total is a little below what would be average.
    Overall, sugar content was about normal, a lot of niter build up in the pans with each boil.
    Jeff Emerson
    www.emersonsmaplehill.com
    3x12 Leader with over air, custom piggyback, 600gph CDL RO
    2500 on 25" vacuum, +900 buckets (buying sap)
    350 big bear and 1950's Ford 600 wood hauler, Husqvarna! (261, 372xpBigBore, 562xp, rebuilding a 2100cd)

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