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    Folks,
    Have one row of wood in the sugarshed, and when I have this second load buzzed up Will have another 1/3 of a row.



    So as I thought about 3 bundles of slabs should make approx 40 gallons of syrup. Will pick up a third load on Monday at the sawmill. Yes practicing social distancing there too.
    Weather is back to snow today with a little more expected.
    Several folks have called and stopped by to purchase syrup, using social distancing, I set the syrup out for them to drive in and pick up.
    Need to can up some more gallons of syrup to stock the shelves too.
    Picked up a small freezer to store the rest of the maple syrup in 2.5 gallon bulk. Thanks to Matt H., local sugarmaker up near Lake Erie.
    Speaking of bulk, it sounds like one of our local buyers are pushing their maple bulk syrup buy day out into June.


    We eat good too! Stack of pancakes and sausage with plenty of maple syrup:


    Regards,
    Chris
    Last edited by Sugarmaker; 04-10-2020 at 08:06 PM.
    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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    Chris I was looking at some of your previous pictures and your tubing looks really good. What is your method for cleaning. I am just wondering as next year I plan on having some for my sugar bush, to help increase my syrup production.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - going for 100 taps bags and buckets

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    Nice pictures Chris. You don’t have a tractor problem, you can never have too many tractors, especially of that vintage. I use my Farmall H to gather sap. I really like what you did to your saw rig. Nice setup all around.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    Thanks guys,
    I just back flush all my lines with low pressure water rinse. This is the same pump that I pump up into the tank on the truck. 12 volt (Rule brand). Then I take out the first tap, let it rinse, then plug it into the tee and go to the next one. It takes some time but has worked pretty well in controlling visible yuckies in the lines from season to season.
    BAP,
    Thanks for the positive comments. We keep trying to make improvements. This is the first year bringing slabs in, on my own trailer, then cutting and stacking in the sugarshed. So far I like the minimized handling. Trying to get a little more tech savy here, see if this very short clip works.

    http://youtu.be/EYGL98y122A
    Regards,
    Chris
    Last edited by Sugarmaker; 04-12-2020 at 09:27 AM.
    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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    Folks,
    More wood today as we continue social distancing. i didn't have anyone crowding me at the buzz rig? Hummm Funny how that works!



    Mostly red oak slabs, should make some syrup next year!


    I miss spoke, one row in the sugarshed will make about 30+ gallons of syrup.
    Now we need to market what I have.
    Hope things are good out there.

    The wife, our pup, and some of my toys too. Yes its time to mow the lawn if it dries up for a couple days!



    Regards,
    Chris
    Last edited by Sugarmaker; 04-20-2020 at 09:07 PM.
    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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    The slabs were no match for the Jubilee and buzz rig!




    Weather was snow, rain, wind, and sunshine! Perfect!


    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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    Lookin' good Chris
    1000 taps on vacuum back down to 105 buckets
    2x7 A&A Raised Flue
    CDL 12" vacuum filter
    2019 Kawasaki Mule Pro MX Sap Hauler
    Past evaporators: Phaneuf 2x6, A&A 2.5x10, Smoky Lake 2x8 (oil then wood fired)
    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal 2020: 30 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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    Chris,
    Is that an old Gravely parked under the fifth wheel? My Grandfather had one of those and I was to little to use it when it was operating.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - going for 100 taps bags and buckets

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    Pdiamond,
    That is not a Gravely it is a late 40's David Bradley. It has a set of cultivators on it too. It was my wife's great grandfathers. I drug it home and rebuilt the carb on the little "N" series engine and it purrs right along. I also had to replace the guide wheels on the cultivators. I am hoping to have some better shelter for all my toys by this time next year. Wondering if I can claim a new building as part of the maple business??
    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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    Chris, is the N series a Briggs engine? I had and used an old unknown make open station cultivating tractor in 3.5 acres of strawberries, it had a Z engine. 3 hp. I later found an old Allis Chalmers G and sold the other one. After my 4.5 acres of blueberries got into full production I quit growing strawberries. 8-10 years later I sold the G to a guy from Indiana who later sent me pics of him driving it in a parade, fully restored.
    For cultivating I now use a model 4200 weed badger behind a 1981 Ford 1500 compact diesel. It is 3 point hitch but I never remove it from that tractor. The Weed Badger has a set of tines mounted vertically, rotate and do a wonderful job, as I drive the aisles I steer the 2" diameter tine head in and out between the bushes. Back before I initially retired at 52, I got way behind in the blueberries and lots of brush and trees grew in the rows, I kept cutting them, but then a cluster grew back. When I bought the Weed Badger, the Manufacturer told me to just run the tiller there 3 times a year and in 2-3 years it would pull the stumps out and throw them in the aisle. That sounded too good to be true, but in fact that was correct.
    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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