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  1. #1091
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    Hi All,

    Second year at this. My daughters friend has a descent sized operation, so my daughter (9) wanted to try it at our house. did my best in mid february last year to find the maple trees, found about 8 and only tapped 1 oak! full disclosure, i found 3, had my daughters friends dad come out and point out the others...its not as easy as you would think with no leaves! anyhow, first batch completely on the stove, got about 3 qt's. finished last season on the fire pit and finishing on the stove. daughter had a blast(i did almost all of the work!). this year, i scoped out the trees in the fall, have about 10-12. bought a drum kit for this year, so it should be better than last, hoping for a lot more sap since i tapped late last year. i'll probably still finish it on the stove until i get better at it. figured i'd say hi.

  2. #1092
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    Welcome to site. Its a great hobby to share with the family, enjoy!

  3. #1093
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    Welcome Target. That is great family fun. Back in the 70's and 80's we tapped between 6 and 9 taps, just for family use. We had just 1 large sugar maple in the yard, but we also had 3 large Box Elders (also known as Ash Leaf Maples). We put 3 taps in the large sugar maple (just over 3' diameter, and the rest were in the box elders. We then processed it all in the house. The only heat we had until 1984 (in our 1880's house) was a large woodstove in the living room. We kept 2 large pots steaming (but not usually boiling) on the woodstove and kept a window open for the steam to escape in both the living room and one in the kitchen. Then we finished it on the gas stove. We did that about 5 or 6 times from 1976-1990. My 4 kids loved doing it and always wanted to go collect the sap to add to the pots. I bought the woods my current sugarhouse is on in 1978, but just fro hunting. Then during winter break in 1984 when my oldest son was 17, he and 2 friends did about 25 taps on that woods, and camped out for the week of winter break (my son and one of his friends are Eagle Scouts). They boiled the sap on open fires and each of the 3 families got about 3 qts of golden nector (however somewhat smoky tasting).
    Maple is great fun for the family, be sure to keep it fun for your daughter.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 850 for 2018?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

  4. #1094
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    Feb 2018
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    thanks guys. the evaporator shows up tomorrow. i know it is a cheap barrel kit one, but still better than the electric stove! i already have the fire bricks ready for it and going to do the initial burn off tomorrow afternoon. im hoping to get at least a gallon this year, mostly for personal use, my kids go through more than that in a year! my goal is 2 gallons, but 1 would be an improvement. i have a bunch of wood to burn already. some split, some not. unfortunately my axe was left outside, and is now under the snow somewhere! haha!

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