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    Four generations of our family. I am the old fart if you didnt know!


    Maple season is almost here! I know I am not on here much, well not as much as 10 years ago. Anyway things keep moving along.
    I had a reason to hang up some tubing today. So my friend Gerry came out and we visited, solved all the worlds problems, and hung up short run gravity tubing for 400 taps. About 2/3 of my sugarbush. The main reason was to get the tubing out of storage to provide some room for the electrician (Grandson) to complete rough wiring in the shop.
    We are really only a month away from our typical sugaring season anyway, so its just getting a little jump on things. And being a year older I dont move as fast as I used to either! I also pulled out my sap tank for the truck and have it in clean mode.
    The shop has pretty much consumed mass quantities of time and funds this year. With the help of my two sons Eric and Adam we were able to get it dried in this fall.
    Some shots to bring you up to date:




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    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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    Its the shed in the center:


    Sugarhouse is to the left:


    Adding some color:


    New underground service to the campus:


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    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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    Jib crane boom gets installed:


    Foam (2 inch) under concrete:


    Jim(father&son) assisting in laying down the half mile of PEX tubing for radiant heat system:




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    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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    43 yards of concrete. 5 inches thick with mesh on top of the tubing:


    Signature:


    Gutters:


    Hemlock siding:


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    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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    A prototype area for siding. Goal was to come close to sugarhouse color:




    Overhead doors!


    Drainage for all downspouts:


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    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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    Our first snow this winter:




    Building interior walls and stairs to loft:


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    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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    Jib crane hoist:





    Thanks for checking in on me! As normal a lot picture heavy!
    Regards,
    Chris
    Last edited by Sugarmaker; 01-07-2021 at 08:16 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 the building looks awesome. You should have used Persian Orange siding, though.
    1000 taps on vac down to 3 buckets, 140 taps on gravity tubing, 75 on 4008 Shurflo
    2x7 A&A Raised Flue
    CDL 18" vacuum filter
    NGMP 100 HPRO RO
    2019 Kawasaki Mule Pro MX, Long 510 sap haulers
    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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    Looks awesome. Someday I need to do a road trip to visit
    Steve

    SE Pennsylvania

    2021 - 18 taps with drop lines and buckets, RO5, 21”x24” SS pan with pre-warmer pan, backyard made wood fired 55gal drum stove
    2020 - 13 taps with drop lines and buckets, RO5, backyard made wood fired 55gal drum stove with 2 lg 6” deep pans - 6.75 pints (very warm winter)
    2019 Rookie Season - 14 taps with drop lines and buckets, RO5, turkey fryer with 6” deep pan - 16.5 pints

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    Thanks Guys on the shop! Will be working on it for a while.
    Back to Maple:
    I have all my tubing strung for the 2021 season. I also trimmed the roadside sugarbush to get some of the brush trimmed down around the big maples.
    We had 25 degrees last night and the water in the sugarhouse was frozen this morning. Had to use a little heater to thaw the pipes out.
    I am trying to get the kitchen insulated too. Using R-Tech, 2 inch foam insulation board, on the ceiling.
    Thinking of going with some 4 foot LED lights to replace the 8 foot florescent which are 20 years old. Suggestions? Whats in your sugarhouse?
    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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