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  1. #1111
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    Mar 2019
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    Hello All! New to this world, first year boiling in my backyard here in N NH. Own 15 acres in God's country, with a few nice Maples on the property, so figured I'd tap 11 of them this year, using mostly food grade containers with lids/holes cut in, attached to my taps. Very high tech...LOL. Figured I'd give it a go to see which direction I want to take this in, as I'll be using a turkey fryer/propane to boil, since I already owned one, and stainless steel pots. Sap is running with temps in the 40's yesterday and 50's today, have collected maybe a couple gallons so far, stored in the fridge, with the goal of boiling maybe this weekend. I've watched a lot of youtube and stumbled upon this site as I've never been one who's interested in re-inventing the wheel. I have my fryer/pots set up for the shallower/fatter pot on the bottom over a campfire grate on the fryer with a smaller pot on top as a warmer for the rest as I boil. Fingers crossed, wish me luck. I am going to use the propane tank in warm water trick I gleaned from here, too.

    Always open to free advice, especially if it saves me money and time.

    Jon
    52 yr old retired OIF vet
    Whitefield, NH
    11 tap newbie
    1 awesome wife, 2 dogs, 2 cats

  2. #1112
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    Mar 2019
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    Hi All, 1st generation tree tapper here trying my hand at this whole maple thing on the family's 60 acres in Southern Ontario. I'll admit I've been lurking for a while but I'm excited to finally see the sap flowing - collected my first 20 gallons yesterday and expect to have about that much again for a decent boil on the weekend. Welded up a homemade 1x3' flat pan and built a makeshift block arch that I hope can keep up with the 20 or so taps I've got out at this point. Love the forum and hope to glean as much info off the wise old timers as I possibly can. Here's to a good season everybody!

  3. #1113
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    Mar 2012
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    North Grenville
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    Hi, I'm Galena and a repeat offender here :-) Located in Eastern Ontario, been tapping the trees on my 1/2 acre property with some pretty decent yields...see the bottom of this post for figures. Finally built my own sugar shack out of wood pallets and salvaged sheet metal. Fuelled by any leftover wood from deadfall and bucked-up pallets in a cast-iron woodstove. Still using 4in deep ss hotel pans to boil in, paper coffee filters for filtering - the small size of my batches means that the whole prefilter/Orlon/felt cone filters just eat my syrup. Every spring it's craziness and frustration but I wouldn't feel complete if I didn't do it!
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup

  4. #1114
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    Apr 2018
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    NY
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    I'm Ron and discovered that the 12 step process to this addiction is to go head over heals and just dive in farther! I live in St. Lawrence County, NY along the border of Canada. Last year I started with 20 trees, youtube for guidance and managed to make 6 gallons of syrup in my driveway. I was grabbed by this crazy addiction and built a 12x16 shack and invested in a Mason 2x4 XL. I have a handful of sugar maples and a swamp full of reds and silvers. For 2019 I am going to attempt 100 buckets with a full time job and see where it goes. Now I find myself checking accuweather, craigslist and this site at least 20 times a day.....I can't help myself

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