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    Default Your sugar house elevation?

    I haven't seen sugarhouse elevation talked about on here much. What elevation is your sugar house and how does it affect your season? What is the highest and lowest elevation sugarhouse?
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    375 taps on 3/16th tubing
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    This could be interesting. I know an old timer boiling at 1800 ft on Sheffield Heights, VT. He is kind of a crunchy ol'fella and would tell you even with six feet of snow and using buckets "smooth going"
    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.
    2021- adding 500?

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    We are at 1,900 feet and I do see times that guys just a few hundred feet lower then us have sap run and we are still froze up.
    2x3 Patrick Phaneuf pan
    Homemade arch
    100+ taps
    Sugar Shack in future
    Wife into it as much as me
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    Did you just mean to ask about Vermont?

    Gabe
    2016: Homemade arch from old woodburning stove. 2 steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 gall syrup
    2017: Same homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time. 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.
    2019: Still very limited time. Downsized to 7 taps and a short season. 1.8 gallons syrup
    2020: 9 taps, new Mason 2x3 XL halfway through season, 2 gallons syrup
    2021: 17 taps on Mason 2x3 XL

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    i'm between 1250 and 1300 at my place. i know a few sugar houses that are above 2000 feet with the vast majority of their taps being quite a bit higher up the mountain!
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    Sugarhouse at around 1,320 ft elevation. Sugarbush goes down to 1,200 ft and upward close to 1,700 ft elevation. Mostly west facing slope of Mt. Mansfield. Tends to be fairly cool, but often, especially late in the season we'll get inversions where it is warmer up on the mountain than down in the valley so we miss some freezes. We have a very high density of H2O Smartrek sensors in the woods, and it is amazing how much temperature will vary (several degrees F) just a few hundred feet away depending upon whether you're up on a slight knoll or in a drainage.

    Nice GIS tool at https://maps.vermont.gov/vcgi/html5v...er=vtmapviewer to look at these types of things.
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    Lowest 1810
    Highest 1920
    Sugar house 1880
    2019:250 gallons
    2020:324 gallons
    2021:?

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    I'm at 1300ft. Much higher than anything around me. My bush seems to be cooler and run later into the season than those around me. Not to mention water boils at 210 here.
    Jake
    smoky lake 2x6 drop flue SSR on homemade arch
    115 taps on gast 1550 and Bernard releaser
    120 on gravity
    24x12 sugar house
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    868 feet, on the shore of Riley Lake. Highest tap about 920.
    John
    2x8 Smokylake drop flue with AOF/ AUF
    180 taps on sacks
    75 on 3/16 tubing with shurflo
    Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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    I'm at right around 2,000' in the Berkshires of NW Mass....a cold snowy plateau that feels more like northern, Maine than Mass. We get so much snow typically that I don't even begin tapping until the 1st week of March and my season runs into mid-April.
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    Mason 2x4 Evaporator
    90 trees on buckets

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