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    Default Tapping Central Pa 2022

    Well folks, it's almost time to start making syrup this year. I've got a pretty good start. I have all my 3/4 tubing flushed
    with pool shock, we will see how that works. I'm going to try a shurflo/solar setup on a 50 tap bush. I've tapped it for about
    ten years, so should be able to make a good comparison. Need to finish putting new spouts on the woods at the house and
    fix 3 big leaks. Also, have a 100 tap woods to re-spout and fix leaks on. Sugarshack is in pretty good shape, just needs a clean-up.
    Feel free to post on here! Hope everyone has a good season!
    Paddymountain
    115 red maples on vacuum
    100 taps on 5/16 gravity
    35 taps on 3/16 gravity
    50 taps on shurflo vacuum
    about 60 buckets on giant roadside sugars
    neighbor bringing from 45 taps
    30'x 8' Aof/Auf Evaporator
    Homemade 125gph Ro
    Lots of Homemade Equipment!

    http://s848.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Sugarshack/

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    Planning on hanging 2 new runs of 5/16 laterals into a solar-powered shurflo 4008 this weekend; 10 taps on each lateral. Still need to get the deep cycle battery.
    Rest of taps on buckets.
    Probably won't tap til late Jan, early Feb as usual.
    2020 - 1st year - 13 black walnut taps - 4 bottles syrup
    2021 - 50 taps, 22 black walnuts/28 red maples - 4 gallons syrup
    2022 - 54 taps, 11 black walnuts/41 red maples, 20 on solar shurflo vacuum - 8.5 gallons syrup
    2023 - 47 taps on 45 red maples, 43 on solar shurflo vacuum

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    My sugarhouse is in pretty good shape, need to do the final wash on the tanks and evaporator. I had to replace about 2500' of tubing along with a couple hundred tees and zap bak taps in my woods due to squirrel damage. Time for the squirrels to be relocated into a stew or pot pie. All of my tubing has now been washes with chlorine. Head tank was moved outside to keep it cooler. Replaced the DeLaval 76 with a sp22 vac pump, just need to plumb it in.
    Almost ready for this season.
    Heading to Meadville this Friday and Saturday to help a sugar making friend who has covid pretty bad. Not my place to mention a name but he sure could use all of our prayers.
    Hope everyone has a wonderful maple season.
    Matt,
    Minehart Gap Maple

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    Compared to you guys my to do list isn't worth mentioning. I flushed my RO bucket yesterday and need to wash out my buckets and lines which should take 30 minutes...

    I wish I had more trees but the few I have is what I have. I have been able to make enough syrup for our family for the past few years. Each year leading up to this year I would purchase a few things to improve my process. This year I am pretty set and am not planning on buying or changing anything. Probably good since what I have purchased so far will be about a 10 year ROI based on what I produce. But it is a hobby for me, not a business.

    Matt I hope your friend is doing better! This Covid mess has been hard on everyone.
    Steve

    SE Pennsylvania

    2022 - 13 taps, RO5, 21”x24” SS pan with pre-warmer pan, backyard made wood fired 55gal drum stove - 17.25
    2021 - 18 taps, RO5, 21”x24” SS pan with pre-warmer pan, backyard made wood fired 55gal drum stove - 12 pints
    2020 - 13 taps, RO5, backyard made wood fired 55gal drum stove with 2 lg 6” deep pans - 6.75 pints (very warm winter)
    2019 Rookie Season - 14 taps, RO5, turkey fryer with 6” deep pan - 16.5 pints

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    3rd year here. First two on buckets, gas grill, and a hotel pan. This year I put together an arch with a second hand 20”X33” woodstove (I cut an 11”X29” opening in the top) that I lined with ceramic insulation and firebrick, into which I mechanically encouraged an 18”, 387K BTU Bayou classic Vortex Jet burner. I saved my money for a proper 16”X30” Smokey Lake flat pan And a DIY RO system using GardenFork’s model from YouTube. Using 3/16 tubing on natural vacuum (hopefully!) on about 30 box elder/Norway/red/silvers. Wish I had sugars but they don’t seem to have made the trek to the South Mountain side of the Cumberland Valley. When I figure out why I can’t upload a photo of the rig I will��!

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    PHSINV how much syrup did you get last year?
    Steve

    SE Pennsylvania

    2022 - 13 taps, RO5, 21”x24” SS pan with pre-warmer pan, backyard made wood fired 55gal drum stove - 17.25
    2021 - 18 taps, RO5, 21”x24” SS pan with pre-warmer pan, backyard made wood fired 55gal drum stove - 12 pints
    2020 - 13 taps, RO5, backyard made wood fired 55gal drum stove with 2 lg 6” deep pans - 6.75 pints (very warm winter)
    2019 Rookie Season - 14 taps, RO5, turkey fryer with 6” deep pan - 16.5 pints

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    One (1) gallon, the hard way. 85 gallons of mostly box elder sap. Lotta work for that little syrup.
    Last edited by PHSINV; 01-20-2022 at 09:12 PM.

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    Looks like we may be about a week away from tapping....
    Steve

    SE Pennsylvania

    2022 - 13 taps, RO5, 21”x24” SS pan with pre-warmer pan, backyard made wood fired 55gal drum stove - 17.25
    2021 - 18 taps, RO5, 21”x24” SS pan with pre-warmer pan, backyard made wood fired 55gal drum stove - 12 pints
    2020 - 13 taps, RO5, backyard made wood fired 55gal drum stove with 2 lg 6” deep pans - 6.75 pints (very warm winter)
    2019 Rookie Season - 14 taps, RO5, turkey fryer with 6” deep pan - 16.5 pints

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    I'm still planning on tapping last weekend of January unless we get another polar vortex/cold spell.
    2020 - 1st year - 13 black walnut taps - 4 bottles syrup
    2021 - 50 taps, 22 black walnuts/28 red maples - 4 gallons syrup
    2022 - 54 taps, 11 black walnuts/41 red maples, 20 on solar shurflo vacuum - 8.5 gallons syrup
    2023 - 47 taps on 45 red maples, 43 on solar shurflo vacuum

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    Looking at the forecast, it is improving for tapping next Saturday. I have all my woods ready to go. I need to buy a battery
    for my shurflo/solar setup yet. Finally bought a stainless steel head tank; I'm going to try and get it up on the platform tomorrow.
    Other than that looks like I'm ready to go. Be good to see what happens with the forecast come Monday. Should know for sure by Wednesday
    if we pull the trigger.
    115 red maples on vacuum
    100 taps on 5/16 gravity
    35 taps on 3/16 gravity
    50 taps on shurflo vacuum
    about 60 buckets on giant roadside sugars
    neighbor bringing from 45 taps
    30'x 8' Aof/Auf Evaporator
    Homemade 125gph Ro
    Lots of Homemade Equipment!

    http://s848.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Sugarshack/

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