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  1. #1131
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    Quote Originally Posted by maple flats View Post
    Welcome to the Maple Trader.
    For that size I suggest a Honda WX10 to load the truck tank and at least a 1" pump line, a 1.5" will load lots faster. For at the sugarhouse I suggest a 1" SS sprinkler booster pump like this one https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...1411_200311411
    I have used one of these for about 9-10 seasons. Northern also offers their own product (likely made in China), a 1.5 HP similar unit, I have no experience with that pump and thus I don't suggest it.
    Thanks for the input. I may go in that direction, I think my debate has more been because I'd prefer to only buy one pump. All my roadside tanks will very close to, and uphill of my truck, so I am wondering if an electrical pump off the truck's power would work, then I'd just use the same pump when I get to the sugar house. It's less about cost and more about having less stuff.
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  2. #1132
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    New sugar maker here. Have spent hours and hours learning from this site. Live in east central Wisconsin but am tapping on my property in upper Michigan. Started out with 100 taps on 3/16 natural vac. 30 buckets. 3x4 flat pan on barrel arch. 12x20 sugar shack. I get lots of winter free time and tend to dive into things. Hopefully this works out, was addictive before I even drilled a tap hole. Already have eyed up a few potential tube sets for next year and I've only boiled once!
    2020 first season ever, wife to be said she wanted to give out maple syrup @ upcoming wedding. I get carried away easy.
    100 taps on 3/16. 30 buckets. 12x20 sugar shack. 3x4 flat pan on barrel arch. Rb 20 kit RO. Tapping in iron county Michigan.

  3. #1133
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    Hi everyone, I'm new here, in my third year tapping. Just want to introduce myself and thank you all for sharing so much knowledge and information, it really helps us new producers.

    I currently have 38 taps on buckets in the center of Minnesota. My sugar shack this year is an old corn crib. Its working pretty good so far, I have a concrete floor, a roof over head, and excellent ventilation.

    Most of my taps are in silver maples in a farm yard. This year, for the first time I tapped a few reds and sugar maples in the forest, snow was way too deep last year. I'm only able to get to the farm on weekends, the yard trees started running good last week, woods trees have not given anything yet, bit I'm optimistic that i'll have a lot to boil tomorrow. I always seem to be behind everyone else in Minnesota, even those farther north.

  4. #1134
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    Welcome.
    Being the late one in my area I know where you are coming from.
    Keep it fun and enjoy. The maple bug has bitten you!

    Jim
    12 x 16 Sugarhouse, 12 x 16 Woodshed
    2 x 8 “The Mutt” evaporator
    Leader oil fired arch, Dallaire raised flue, Smoky Lake syrup pan and hoods with pre-heater
    5" Hand Pump Filter Press from Daryl-One of the first three!
    250 gal/hr RO from Ray Gingerich - Deer Run Maple
    Marcland Drawoff
    A Very Understanding Wife
    And Alot to Learn!
    "At any time during the day you're only 10 seconds from disaster!"



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  5. #1135
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    Welcome to the new folks on the Trader forum! The maple thing can be addictive for sure. Lots of good info here too. Do a search on your topic of interest. Then jump in and start a new thread.
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

  6. #1136
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    New member from Muskoka here.

    My son first tried his hand at making small batches a few years ago when he found some taps and rusted out buckets in the remains of an old collapsed sugar shack he found on his property. The buckets were useless, and so were most of the taps as it turns out, so he hung juice pitchers from the dollar store from new taps. The evaporation equipment (an old oil tank) in the sugar shack was equally useless so he just boiled the sap in a roasting pan over an open fire outside. A lot of effort for little syrup, but fun.

    The next year he was up to 80 taps, so I rigged him up a home-made RO inspired by designs found on the internet. It used 4 150gpd membranes in series (since expanded to 8 membranes, 2 series of 4 in parallel). Last year I welded up a 2' x 2' stainless steel pan with a draw-off valve which he perched on a cinderblock rocket stove, but the weather went from sub-zero to hot overnight, so he didn't get much sap.

    This year, we added 40 taps on my property. My bush slopes down to the driveway with about 15 or 20' of fall total, so we thought we'd try 3/16" lines. They dump into 5 gallon buckets which I haul over to his place. Of course, since we added more taps, we're having good sap-producing weather this year. Kind of an inverse Murphy's Law I guess. Time to upgrade the boiling stage so we can keep up!

    Last edited by torch; 03-30-2020 at 05:42 PM.

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