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    Default The Maple Syrup Journey Video

    This spring I decided to work on a subject that is near and close to my heart for my YouTube Channel - maple syrup! I put together a video showing the process but I'm calling it "The Maple Syrup Journey - A Journey of a Thousand Taps". I thought you guys would like to see the fruits of my labors as well:

    https://youtu.be/BUuKzv0pEDA
    About 300 taps
    2'x6' air tight arch
    Semi complete 12'x24' sugarhouse in Somers, CT
    My Nature Cams YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/naturecamschannel
    My eBook: Making Maple Syrup in your Backyard

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    Great job! Very well done!
    2016- 50 buckets. Made 4 gallons
    2017- 100 buckets, 50 taps on 3/4 mainline and 3/16th tubing + shurflo vacuum. Made 30 gallons.
    2018- 1000 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, 60 buckets - made 378 gallons of syrup.
    2019- 1713 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, NO buckets. Made 500 gallons.
    2020- 2793 taps made 1118 gallons.

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    That was fun. I can tell a lot of planning went into that - prepping your shot, setting up the camera, etc. Lots of work. Thanks for sharing!

    Noticed the A and A evaporator. Did you drive out to PA to get it? Planning to have them make me a tank this summer.
    Woodville Maples
    www.woodvillemaples.com
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    Something north of 250 taps
    Mix of natural and mechanical vac, S3 Controller from Mountain Maple
    2x6 W.F. Mason with Phaneuf pans
    Deer Run 125 RO
    6 hives of bees
    Keeping the day job until I can start living the dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultimatetreehugger View Post
    Great job! Very well done!
    Thanks! Appreciate it.

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanD View Post
    That was fun. I can tell a lot of planning went into that - prepping your shot, setting up the camera, etc. Lots of work. Thanks for sharing!

    Noticed the A and A evaporator. Did you drive out to PA to get it? Planning to have them make me a tank this summer.
    Yeah, it's harder than you think. I know the different steps but wanted to show different things. I actually had to order metal spouts and find my old brace drill for that one scene. Then there was pausing to film, etc. I actually shot the first scene last!

    Yes, I did get the evaporator from A&A and yes, I did go there to pick it up. I sent them a letter, got the price list and then sent a check for what I wanted. That was in 2013 I believe and I've been happy ever since. We like to travel so they trip was a nice excuse to get out. Wish we could do that now...
    About 300 taps
    2'x6' air tight arch
    Semi complete 12'x24' sugarhouse in Somers, CT
    My Nature Cams YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/naturecamschannel
    My eBook: Making Maple Syrup in your Backyard

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    Nice video, but just a couple of suggestions. Not a good idea to show (or use) a galvanized tank. Second, you will do lots better if you have the woo ready to go in before the door is opened. Every time the door is opened, you lose the boil (or most of it). Get in the habit of having a staging area for the fire wood so you can add the wood faster and get the door closed again sooner. I also think as you added some, you hit the drop flues, that can damage the leading edge of the flues.
    Please take these constructively, not defensively. In all it was a great job.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (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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