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  1. #21
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    PA folks, Cheryl and I just finished for the night. I was to pooped to post last night
    Gary your boil time matches mine.
    Jake go fishing and don't worry about the sap.
    I gathered last night after getting all the tanks washed and the truck arranged. It took me 2 hours to gather the 380 taps and considering I drove about 30 miles that's not to bad, I got 330 gals of 2% sap.
    We made 2 gallons of med syrup last night. Jim and Chase (Father and Son) stopped over and visited after visiting at Bileks too.
    I worked on the back of the arch tonight the rear clean out doors kept poping open about 6 inches last night. I took them off and ground all the mating areas they fit much better and one less thing to worry about. Tonight Nic helped me gather and we got 220 gallons of 2% sap.
    We have made about 6.5 gallon so far with some sweet drawn off in a 5 gallon pail and the evaporator flooded with sap. Things have been working well so far this early start up allows me to get the bugs out and make improvements before we get hit with that BIGGGG SAPPPP.
    I do have another 60 taps to put up over the weekend while its cold.

    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    625 roadside taps + Neighbors bring some sap too!
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie, Norwegian Forest Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors
    1932 Ford AAB ton and a half, dump truck

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    Just wrapped up with finishing my first syrup of the season, now I can have pancakes for breakfast.

    It looks like I may be chasing buckets in the morning. The weather says that the wind is to pick up and be near 25mph thru-out the night!

    Gary, steak and potatoes? I am finding that this is a great weight loss program, no time to eat. I wake up around 4pm go collect buckets for an hour and a half and then boil for 3 hrs then go to work.

    The trees are slowing a little today because the temps are so high, we were in the low 60's today. It looks like are Thurs we will grt back into better temps.
    1st Generation Hobby Maple Producer, you got to start somewhere.
    222 Taps, all on Vacuum! No more buckets.
    Lapierre 2'x5' raised flue w/Hood and Preheater
    Surge SP11, Lapierre Hobby Releaser
    Modified 5" Filter Press made by Daryl with a Gear Pump
    Homemade 2 membrane RO
    Kabota RTV Sap Hauler

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    Dennis,
    Congrats on your first syrup for the year. Enjoy the pancakes. A lot of effort went into that!

    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    625 roadside taps + Neighbors bring some sap too!
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie, Norwegian Forest Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors
    1932 Ford AAB ton and a half, dump truck

    www.mapleandhoney.com

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    Wow, this wind shut down the taps like my kids slamming the front door. Trees were running well yesterday morning, slowed a little in the afternoon and stopped almost completely by early this morning by the volume in the tank. Now its 36 degrees with 30mph winds and gusts even higher. I was hoping all the snow would melt out of the woods but it didn't happen. Looking forward to the next run.
    Algier 2x6
    Around 2500 taps
    Polaris ATVs, Ski Doo snowmobiles to get around
    Atlas Copco, Surge SP-22 pumps
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    I only tapped one tree to see if there was any action here. Temp was over 40 degrees for a few days but sometimes the sun hid and the wind blew so nothing came out yet. Will have to wait till March now most likely for the next warm spell. I know i will be relieved when I actually seem some sap for the first time in my life.
    maybe 50 taps for 2011
    Finally ready to boil when I get enough sap
    I just might be crazy.( make that I know I am)
    Trees all tapped except the ones with 5 feet of snow.
    Enough rabbits to keep Elmer busy..

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    My taps shut down also. Ran good Tuesday, slow yesterday and done now. Might run tomorrow with a cold night tonight but it looks like we are done for a while after that. Boiled yesterday and made 1/2 gallon of syrup. A good start for me this early in the season.
    2x3 Patrick Phaneuf pan
    Homemade arch
    RB20 RO Bucket
    118 taps total
    Sugar Shack in future
    Wife into it as much as me
    Also do homebrew

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    Blame this wind on me. It goes to figure, I'm out tapping last night and my fire pager goes off with a thunderstorm warning. Then today we get these next to gail force winds and I have to either chase buckets on by trees have shut up. Batter luck tommrow.

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    Collected a few gals today while chasing lids thru the woods. I will keep it for tomorrow or Sat. The weather forecast is looking real good for me down here.

    I also had my pancakes this morning with fresh syrup, boy was that good!!

    I have to run some syrup over to the guy who gave me permission to use his trees. It will be the 1st installment of the year.

    I also had a neighbor that I never met before stop by while I was collecting and we talked a few minutes about syrup and stuff and before he left he told me that I could tap any maples on his land if I want. Very cool. I will have to keep that in mind for next year.
    Last edited by Dennis H.; 02-12-2009 at 06:41 PM.
    1st Generation Hobby Maple Producer, you got to start somewhere.
    222 Taps, all on Vacuum! No more buckets.
    Lapierre 2'x5' raised flue w/Hood and Preheater
    Surge SP11, Lapierre Hobby Releaser
    Modified 5" Filter Press made by Daryl with a Gear Pump
    Homemade 2 membrane RO
    Kabota RTV Sap Hauler

    Hardy's Maple Syrup on Facebook

  9. #29
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    Dennis or anyone for that matter, what is the usual payment for using other peoples trees. Do you just give them some syrup and call it even or what?

  10. #30
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    What some of us do up in Tioga County is:
    A few trees some syrup is what your neighbors want for tapping their trees, but if you get into putting some money into the bush 30 to 50cents per tap and maybe get a lease for 5 years to recoup what you put into the bush.
    Hope this helps getting different ideas.
    I am a 3rd generation maple producer, with 80,000 taps & 28 sugar bushes.
    2 evaportors, 6x16 & 5x16 Water/Loo Small Turbos
    2 ROs, 1 2400 gph & 1 1800 gph
    2 10" filter press full banks
    Sap Tanks rangeing from 600 to 6000 g
    (Hired Boys says "All numbers subject to change" Ha Ha)

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