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    Default what's going on NH, been really quiet

    Late start this year going to tap next weekend. only have half my lines ready, new raised flue pan installed. still a lot of cleaning to do. what everyone up to?
    2017 140 taps 30x8 12x16 shack 28.5 gal
    2018 158 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 44 gal
    2019 223 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 36 gal
    2020 226 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 250 waterloo ro 63 gal
    2021 230 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 250 waterloo ro

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    Hey masonry, tapping tomorrow in my parts. Next week is looking favorable around here, hoping for a few good runs. Wish I had tubing to run or maintain leading up to tapping, staring at them doesn't give me a sense of accomplishment. Maybe next year. Best of luck getting the rest of your lines up.
    2019 - 10 taps on buckets, turkey fryer
    2020 - 26 taps on buckets, block arch w/ 3 steam pans
    2021 - 60 taps (mostly reds) on buckets, block arch w/ 4 steam pans

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    Beginning to get equipment ready to tap this week. I plan to tap Tues/Wednesday and hopefully get a little sap. The weather is looking favorable in southern NH later this week and next.
    2021 - 25 taps - all buckets
    2013-2020 - 30/41 taps: discovering which trees were the best producers
    2012 - First year - 21 taps in our backyard - block arch evaporator with 3 steam table pans!

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    I was able to tap on Friday in Merrimack. 660 taps in, yesterday on three of my 4 bushes I had sap running. Nothing to boil yet, but its starting!!
    2021 Twin Baby Boys, Close to 650 taps
    2020 Upgraded RO to 2 post and 7GBS Gould Pump. 265 taps
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed
    2014 110 taps
    2013 35 taps

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    It will be the first week in march for me. New spouts are on. About 300 this year. Two foot of snow in the woods with 2 inch breakable crust. Snow shoe or not its tough going.
    44 27'08/71 27'56
    300 totalish taps 250 on tube and bosworth sap sucker
    50 bucket and bags about 40-50 gallons a season
    on a 2 by 7 home made evaporator and sugar shack
    1st gen circa 1966 still learning stuff

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    yeah we haven't had that much down here in a few years. especially with crust on top that a rough walk through the woods.
    may your sap be at 3%
    Brad

    www.willowcreeksugarhouse.com
    585 or so on Vacuum, about 60 on bucket and tubing
    Welsh 1397 vein pump and a Lap mech vert releaser
    Brand new for 2020 MES horizontal electric releaser
    2x6 ss phaneuf Drop flue, Leader woodsaver blower, homemade hood
    300gph H2O RO
    husquvarna 562 XP
    the 2021 season is here!!!

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    we have 6-12 inches of snow in the woods. not too bad to get around.

    MapleCamp, I been meaning to get up your way and check out the CDL store up there in Lancaster.

    well, got a lot done yesterday. 38 more taps to replace and a ton of washing to do. even got the wife to help!
    2017 140 taps 30x8 12x16 shack 28.5 gal
    2018 158 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 44 gal
    2019 223 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 36 gal
    2020 226 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 250 waterloo ro 63 gal
    2021 230 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 250 waterloo ro

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    Going out to tap today. Looks like it might run some middle of this week if it thaws out enough. Tough walking with 24” of snow with a 1-1/2-2” crust then another 5” of fluffy snow on top of that.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    Took my annual trip to Bascom's on Friday to stock up on everything for the season. Started cleaning up the sugarhouse this past weekend. I really need to stop using it as storage in the off season, it's always a pain moving everything out in February. Planning to start tapping this Friday and through the weekend. Usually tap around 260 or so but got access to some more trees nearby so i will be aiming for 400-450 taps this season. I've gotta do something to help feed this CDL 250 RO i just got.

    Weather is starting to turn for us and the season is pretty much here for most of us NH folk. Wishing you all a sweet season.
    6th season solo sugar maker in a young sugar bush of mostly red maples
    320 taps
    2x6 self built arch, Flat pans w/ dividers
    New 12x16 sugar house
    CDL hobby 250 RO

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    Nice work....got any snow up there?
    2019 - New 12X12 boiling pavilion
    2018 - New Mason 2X3 Hobby XL and homemade RO
    2017 - 49 taps on gravity, 6 on buckets.
    2016 - 19 taps on new 3/16 tubing, 24 on buckets
    2015 - 51 taps, 26 buckets
    2014 - 50 taps, 14 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, new 2X3 continuous flow Phaneuf from Homestead Maple
    2013 - 33 taps, 12 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, steam table pans
    2012 - 26 taps, 10 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, steam table pans

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