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  1. #71
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    Ivyacres, My plan for next year is for more runs with the 3/16ths lines and limit the bags being used.
    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 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

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    Pdiamond, How many taps can your Smokey Lake handle? Do you ro anything yet?How many more taps can you do?

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    We are at 41 gallons syrup from 175 taps in gaylord and the trees are still giving good clear sap and the buds are not swelled in the least bit. I don't know how much more i can take. Im wore plum out.
    Tim Schmidt
    2013 13 Taps 4 Gallons Syrup, Drum evap.
    2014 50 Taps 14 Gallons Syrup, Drum evap.
    2015 60 Taps on 3/16 gravity, 40 Taps on buckets, 42 Gallons Syrup, Home built 30 x 60 arch and flat pan
    2016 125 Taps all on 3/16 gravity average 18 in. vacuum, 43 Gallons Syrup, Same Arch and Pan
    2017 125 Taps all on 3/16 gravity average 18 in. vacuum, 44 Gallons Syrup, Same Arch and Pan
    2018 155 Taps all on 3/16 gravity average 18 in. vacuum, Same Arch and Pan, home built 100 gph ro unit

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    Ivyacres, I could probably handle 200 taps. My plan for next year is to get out 100 to 110 taps. I'd like to put 75 of those on 3/16ths lines and the rest on bags. I like to rotate trees from year to year in my woods. To answer your question about the RO, no I do not use one. The evaporator will boil off 45-55 gallons of sap per hour depending on how well I fire it. If I had an RO i wouldn't be afraid of having 250 to 300 taps. Then you would have to deal with storage of concentrate and permeate. i will keep it on the small side for me to keep it fun and not to much work. Next year my 400 gallon bulk milk tank I bought will be set-up for use and that will be a big help.
    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 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

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    I collected my last sap today. It is hard for me to figure out why the trees have not yet shown any budding,( sugar Maples ). When I checked the sugar in the sap it was still at 2.8%. The lowest it ever got this year was 2.6%. I have never seen a year like this. But I am finally done collecting and will finish off the pan tomorrow. Then I have a bunch to get bottled. and the dreaded clean up.
    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 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

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