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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2022
    Essex Junction, VT

    Default Sugarbushes and Wildfires?

    Just wondering how sugarbushes are fairing in all these wild fires?
    Seems like it can't be good, but haven't really heard anything other than how much smoke there is in various places. Hard to even figure out where the fires are.... all the maps are showing where the smoke is and where there is risk of fire, but not where there is actual fire in any maps I've found so far.
    Good luck up there!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Speyside, Ontario



    This shows where the fires are.
    2015 - 8 buckets, 332L sap, 8.5L syrup - Barrel evaporator, 2 steam pans
    2016 - 8 buckets, 432L sap
    2017 - 10 bags, 470L sap, 9L syrup
    2018 - 20 bags, 1050L sap, 17.6L syrup
    2019 - 20 bags, 970L sap, 22.2L syrup
    2020 - 17 bags, 813L sap, 17L syrup

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Nashville, MI


    Thank you for sharing that.
    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

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    west virginia


    When picking up some supplies Friday asked the equipment dealer if he heard anything about fire sugarbush damage, he said he was talking to a producer in Nova Scotia, said a neighbor had lost all tubing and pipelines due to fire! He told me a number of taps the person had, but I won’t repeat it being I may have misunderstood the amount, seemed to large?
    1100 taps on low vaccum, 900 on gravity.
    900 plus taps leased and on high vacuum
    35 cfm Indiana Liquid Ring Vacuum Pump
    80% Sugar, 20% Red MAPLES

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Peru, Maine


    Nova Scotia got scorched with wildfires for a good part of June. I am sure there are a lot of sugar bushes with significant damage.
    305 taps on 2 Shurflo's, 31 taps on 3/16" and 229 taps on gravity. 565 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

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Oneida NY


    I'll pray for them!
    Dave Klish, I recently ordered a 2x6 wood fired evaporator from A&A Sheet Metal which I will be converting to oil fired
    Now have solar, 2x6 finish pan, 5 bank 7x7 filter press, large water jacketed bottler, and tankless water heater.
    Recently bought another Gingerich RO, this one was a 125, but a second membrane was added thus is a 250, like I had.
    After running a 2x3, a 2x6, 3x8 tapping from 79 taps up to 1320 all woodfired, now I'm going to a 2x6 oil fired and a 200-425 taps.

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