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    Default Fall journal and updates

    It's been a while since anyone posted anything and since cool weather was here I thought I'd start this thread to see what sugar makers are up to.

    I have been working firewood mostly and clearing trails. I have a lot of damaged lines this fall. Some I took down to get to some trees we logged and cut up the tops. So I will start to at least damage inventory and pre-hang some back up. I have moved some dry wood to the shack but need to move more. I need to flag out another line or two as I'm going to tap a few more trees this year as I have sold out early and got an order for a farm market for next spring. The wife is retiring January 1 and says she'll man the evaporator for some extra hours, we'll see how that goes . Want to put a new thimble on the evaporator and I want to put a new floor covering down in the shack. The wood floor is looking pretty worn. I think I go with some vinyl or laminate in the working area. I have concrete board all around the evaporator and it good, it's just the work and loafing area needs refreshed. Anyone, have any recommendations for a new floor covering. I want something I can mop.
    125-150 taps
    Smokey Lakes Full pint Hybrid pan
    Modified half pint arch
    Air over fire
    All 3/16 tubing
    Southern Ohio

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    Well, going into December I have all my supplies for this season. I have put a new back on my firebox with a heavy steel coupler for my stovepipe. I rebricked the back. I mounted and plumbed my new head tank. I laid a new vinyl floor in my filter area. I need to haul some more wood to the shack and clean, but could boil tomorrow if I had sap.

    I been making new drops when I'm bored and have about 1/3 of them done. Next I need to get in the woods and start working lines. I am kicking around doing some fall taps again.
    125-150 taps
    Smokey Lakes Full pint Hybrid pan
    Modified half pint arch
    Air over fire
    All 3/16 tubing
    Southern Ohio

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    I've been preparing some drops for my 3/16's lines. This will be all new to me, so I am going to start with only 50 taps on two or three lines and see how it goes. I have a lot of wood down and now its just a matter of getting it brought up from the woods to the shack to cut up and split with the splitter. Been holding off until after deer season is over with. Both of my boys have been quarantined with the covid-19 virus as a pro - cautionary action. This has not been good as they usually help with the wood, so it will be sometime in January when we get to do it.
    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 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 gal syrup
    2021 - going for 50 bags and 50 on tubing

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    I was originally going to add up to about 100 new taps this year, now I'm not sure. My lines are in fairly good shape, some limbs down on laterals but none on mains.
    I've been splitting more wood, not quite done yet. What I'm splitting is cherry which has been cut since 2018, and is high and dry.
    I just packed the last batch of bourbon barrel aged syrup into bottles. That continues to be a best seller but while it accounted for over 50% of my syrup sales last year it look like it may end up at 45-50% this year. Early in the Covid lock down I had a flurry of sales for Amber and Dark syrup which may have tipped the balance away from the bourbon aged slightly.
    Dave Klish about 400 taps, down from much more. Will hold about the same for 2021
    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
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    this year Rumney Sugar Works made a big jump. I set up a roadside stand. sold all but 10 gals so far. the best year of sales ever! purchased insurance on sugar house and liability for sales. bought an excavator and cut a 3/4 to a mile long road into the sugar bush. my mountain is really steep and had no access what so ever. only by foot. so between the sled and side by side, I should not have to walk (climb) too much anymore.
    2017 140 taps 30x8 12x16 shack 28.5 gal
    2018 158 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 44 gal
    2019 223 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 36 gal
    2020 226 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 250 waterloo ro 63 gal

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