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    Default Tapped in Chester 2021

    Tapped today. Quite the snowstorm driving home. My niece came along, she has been getting more and more into it the last few years. She picked it right up, and was able to drill, install the taps and buckets on a few trees herself.
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    Excited for the start of the season. Might be a good week this week too.

    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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    It looks like you've got quite a bit more snow on the ground than we do. It's great that your niece has an interest. Good luck this season.
    2018 - 5 reds on buckets with cinder block arch
    2019 - 25 reds on drops to buckets
    2020 - 55 reds on drops to buckets
    2021 - 80 reds on drops to buckets

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    Yeah, for sure it's over a foot of snow on the ground. Hopefully that won't keep the trees from running this week.

    Thanks!

    GO
    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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    Snow is good...it helps keep things cold. Looks like you have a decent slope there.....if you have the trees I see tubing in your future.
    2019 - New 12X12 boiling pavilion
    2018 - New Mason 2X3 Hobby XL and homemade RO
    2017 - 49 taps on gravity, 6 on buckets.
    2016 - 19 taps on new 3/16 tubing, 24 on buckets
    2015 - 51 taps, 26 buckets
    2014 - 50 taps, 14 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, new 2X3 continuous flow Phaneuf from Homestead Maple
    2013 - 33 taps, 12 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, steam table pans
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    Quote Originally Posted by eustis22 View Post
    Snow is good...it helps keep things cold. Looks like you have a decent slope there.....if you have the trees I see tubing in your future.
    LOL. I do have plenty of slope, that's for sure. I've thought about tubing, but it really doesn't appeal right now. Most of my maples (all sugar maples) are mixed in amongst the forest, very crowded, and tall and spindly. I've tapped them, and they come in around 1% sugar (sometimes less!). But I also have some really big happy ones dispersed around the property. Those are the ones I tap. Most are very far from each other, so buckets seem the way to go. The ones in the picture are a few right next to the sugar shack, which get good sun, and do well. Basically the best trees on my property are the ones by some kind of clearing, like a structure or a road.

    GO
    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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    There is one area I've walked through a few times that might be a good prospect for tubing. It's too far from the sugar shack for me to have considered it, but it is near an old logging road that goes right by the sugar shack, so I guess I could run the tubing to that road, and then sled or wheelbarrow the collection barrels down the road to the sugar shack.

    Then there's the issues of buying and setting up all that tubing, cleaning the lines every year, repairing them, throwing away hundreds of feet of plastic tubing every few years. I dunno. Seems like it would probably double my setup and breakdown time, double or triple my annual expenses (right now just bottles, taps, and filter paper), and create a ton of waste, for what's just a fun hobby to make a few gallons of delicious maple syrup every year.

    GO
    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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