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Thread: I submit my neighbor for the Most-Sap-Per-Tap award.

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    Default Most-Sap-Per-Tap award, I nominate my neighbor!

    Sorry if this is insensitive, I know some of you guys out east aren't having a great year. But I just can't believe how much sap this guy has hauled this year. I just had to make a post about it. He's got an even 100 taps up on the top of his hill. Lots of elevation drop and brand new 3/16 tubing. A mix of cdl and h2o I believe. 5/16 drops with new disposable cdl clear spouts. And he's collected......... (drumroll please)............



    4175 gallons of sap. So far. We're still collecting until the middle of the day tomorrow, so he'll have another hundred gallons I'd guess. I think it's safe to call it 42.5gpt. If I hadn't seen every load with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it. I told him to expect 20 gallons per tap, but he's more than doubled that. Anyway, I know 3/16 has its limitations, and it's unlikely that he'll ever see that GPT number again, but holy smokes, what a haul! I hope someday I'll see numbers like that from my woods!!!
    Last edited by motowbrowne; 04-02-2021 at 09:27 PM.
    Second generation sap rat.

    Started taking over in 2012
    2012-2016: 300 buckets 120 on gravity tubing. Waterloo 2x10 wood fired. Averaged 105 gallons per season.
    2017: hoping for 300 on 3/16 with Shurflo and 50 buckets. New used 4x14 Algier wood fired cooker. 180 gallons of syrup

    2018: 300 on vacuum 2 buckets, finally got a splitter!

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    I don’t think you’ll find anyone upset by success of another sugarmaker here. Sure we get frustrated in a tough year but wish well for others. A buddy of mine on the other end of town has half the taps as us on 6 year old 3/16” tubing with old drops, taps and tees and they are making more syrup than us. They have some real nice sugar maples so good for them. That’s a great yield, congrats!
    270 taps on 2 Shurflo's, 31 taps on 3/16" and 120 taps on gravity. 421 total for 2021 season.
    Mountain Maple S3 controller for 145 of the vacuum taps
    2x6 Darveau Mystique Oil Fired Evaporator w/ Smoky Lake Simplicity Auto Draw
    Wesfab 7” filter press
    IBC totes in the woods, 800 Gallon CDL bulk tank at the shack

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    That's awesome! Give 'em a high five from us down here in the corner of the state with the crappy maple weather
    42.82N
    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.
    2020 - 4x400 RO - RB20 (uh-oh!)

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    That's great to hear!
    Salisbury Sugarworks,,Parker Rowe, and friends
    Salisbury, N.H.
    1988 taps in 09
    over 2500 on vac in 2010
    no buckets in 2010
    2815 taps in 2011
    shooting for 3000 in 2012
    4000 taps? In 2014
    5x16 wood fired "Mighty Marvin"
    50 cords in the shed
    Old, old R.O.
    Charter member Andover/Salisbury Mapleholics
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    ...that's 40 gallons per tap, wow!
    what is the sugar content?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ir3333 View Post
    ...that's 40 gallons per tap, wow!
    what is the sugar content?
    He's been between 1.7-2.4 all season. Mostly in the middle of that.
    Second generation sap rat.

    Started taking over in 2012
    2012-2016: 300 buckets 120 on gravity tubing. Waterloo 2x10 wood fired. Averaged 105 gallons per season.
    2017: hoping for 300 on 3/16 with Shurflo and 50 buckets. New used 4x14 Algier wood fired cooker. 180 gallons of syrup

    2018: 300 on vacuum 2 buckets, finally got a splitter!

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