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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Berrien Center, MI

    Default The young ones are getting excited

    Almost time to tap in my neck of the woods and my kids are getting excited. The oldest, my three year old son, is asking me about every other day "oh, is today a maple sugaring day?" Then when I tell him it's too cold he says, "oh, it's not a maple sugaring day because it's too cold." He browses through the various sugaring catalogs we've got around the house. He and his sister, almost two, will be having lots of fun in the sugar shack this season. We have an 8'x8' play pen we made from PVC and snow netting/safety fence which has been in our house but we might move it to the shack so they have a designated play area.
    Daniel & Eleanor Bliese
    Heritage Woods, LLC
    SW Michigan

    Smoky Lake 2x4 flat, divided pan on Corsair arch
    The RO Bucket RB25
    100 taps on buckets

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Peru, Maine


    That’s great to hear. Before you know it, they will be running the show!
    270 taps on 2 Shurflo's, 31 taps on 3/16" and 229 taps on gravity. 530 in all
    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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Nashville, MI


    Daniel way to go. keep them interested and let them help as much as possible. They will never forget it and you will forever build a stronger family bond with them. twenty years from now they will be talking about it, guaranteed.
    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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