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Maple Syrup 2019
« on: February 05, 2019, 04:56:23 PM »
Good to see some of us are getting into it already!

Talked a little with a guy from VT a few weeks ago and was surprised that in his area they had been tapping since early January.

We'll be setting up our evaporator in about another week or so!


NOTE:  I saw that @Plankton had made a post in the Maple Syrup 2018 thread, then Stephen1 suggested a 2019 thread, so here's the start!

Good luck to all for a GOOD SEASON! 

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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 07:28:39 PM »
Just about finished with my old oil drum evaporator. Now to make the pan, I am in Michigan and will probably start tapping by the end of the month

 
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 07:44:46 PM »
My young cousin Dan is building a new sugar house (not sure if it's the second or third one he's built) over in Marlboro, VT. I was thinking I might head over for a weekend to help him boil. I haven't done that since Dan's Dad and I were about 10 years old. He is doing a fine job, can't wait to see it finished. 


 
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2019, 08:01:06 PM »
Hope to have a better year than last year, weather wise. We had a lot of snow, then it got too warm real fast. Good luck to everyone.

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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2019, 08:07:18 PM »
My young cousin Dan is building a new sugar house (not sure if it's the second or third one he's built) over in Marlboro, VT. I was thinking I might head over for a weekend to help him boil. I haven't done that since Dan's Dad and I were about 10 years old. He is doing a fine job, can't wait to see it finished.

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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2019, 08:16:06 PM »
You guys got me thinking (and maybe a little excited) so I contacted my cousin Dan to see what the local conditions were like, He is just 2 hours northeast of us. He says that some of the lowland guys with lots of trees have been tapping for a while, but not getting much, they just have to start early to get all the lines run. He is in the hills and figures noting much will be happening until middle of March. He runs a route with a bunch of his own trees, and trees on family acreage around the area, and some contracts he has. 1/2 mile back in the woods behind his new shed is one that was built by his Great Grandmother's family, it is still there, but largely collapsed. I used to play in there when I was a little kid and believe I still have a sap bucket I snuck out of there as a treasure.


 
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2019, 08:30:55 PM »

Now that is beautiful.
I could post a lot of photos of the inside which is still a mess during construction, not quite done yet, but I don't want to overdo it. If you are interested, I have some, but as I said, they don't make a lot of sense yet. He is milling all his lumber and building as he goes. Making wall partitions, counters, and getting the evaporator set in place right around now. Also doing the soffits on the outside, adding windows and such as the weather and time permits. Its a fine setup all built on a slab so it's nice and clean.
Here's a shot of his Uncle Don, my 1st cousin, sugaring at that old shack in 1946-7 with some of the family. Don is on the right and was a Junior in High School that year:


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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2019, 08:55:12 PM »
Thats awesome. Is it timber framed 
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2019, 09:04:43 PM »
Thats awesome. Is it timber framed
Nope, it's stick built. He is doing it in spare time outside his regular job, timber would take too long. 

 
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2019, 05:45:50 AM »
 We are all tapped here. Should have first boil later today. The last couple years I tapped around the first of January, decided to hold off till February this year. Sap was running strong as we finished tapping

 Nice pictures Old Greenhorn!

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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2019, 07:26:50 AM »
Thats a nice looking sugar house. Sure beats boiling out in the open. Im gonna be making my pan today, my first time doing it so well see how it goes
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2019, 08:12:26 AM »
Best wishes for a good season everyone.
I havent boiled since 1977 on my former place.
Could have a 6 - 7 thousand tap operation here but refuse to put holes in my veneer maple.
Plus I am way too old for another enterprise.
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2019, 02:42:56 PM »
Well, we got a jump on things, weather was too windy and cold to skid firewood so we puttered around in the sugarhouse!

We got the evaporator all set up and ready to go, in about another week or so we'll be tapping!
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2019, 07:03:46 PM »
Good work Chuck!
We are good month to 6 weeks out. we will start to open the yard the 1st week of march and then go from there. Our best runs always happen around Easter, Last week of March and 1st week of April.
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2019, 07:43:27 PM »
How do you guys recommend I insulate my arch? My wife is not going to be cool with me spending $200 on ceramic blankets and firebrick...I have a lot of old red brick lying around that I could use but from what i am reading that will only give me problems? Would it be ok for me to use the red brick than coat them with mortar? Our welder at work is going to make my pan for me these next few days, I want to be ready to tap next week. Thanks for any info!
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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2019, 08:53:24 PM »
 Hey guys, been a busy year for us. Well be tapping around 100,000 this year between two sugarhouses. Didnt get as much new installed in the Eden woods as we hoped. Lots of repairs from a November storm set us back a lot. Squirrels chewed and dropped 5k taps worth of tubing on the ground, trees and branches down everywhere. We spent all December repairing things when we should have been putting up new tubing. Oh well. Started tapping January 2nd, probably got almost 60,000 tapped so far.
Added a 3rd vacuum pump, another transfer pump and 3 pump line, a remote pump station with a diesel generator taking in about 15,000 taps, a second 7x20 evaporator and RO, now we gotta make some syrup!

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« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2019, 09:01:35 PM »
Heres some tapping pics and the two evaporators.



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 







 



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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2019, 07:08:47 AM »
Nice pictures celliot, looks like fun. Never seen the ropes for mainline used before. How do you like them?

Is it possible for my post in the 2018 one to be moved to this thread?

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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2019, 07:27:30 AM »
  We were planning/hoping to add another 800 to our existing 800 taps but haven't got there yet.  We got the posts set for the wet dry between the woodlots and then life got in the way.  I've got the steel for the ceiling in the sugar house laying in the garage and am going to start putting it up and tapping this weekend.  On nice days we'll work in the woods and in the building when it's nasty.  If we still have time once the existing taps are ready to go maybe we'll get some more plumbed in.  We did run a new water line to the sugar house and have a new water heater to install as well.
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« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2019, 07:58:24 AM »
Hope this works

Even though its 2019 I'll throw these on here. Been tapping since first week of January here in south vt.

Just some fun tapping pictures, gotta keep it fresh doing this for weeks straight. Also a random picture of a wheeler with my bags on it from a few weeks ago snow got a lot deeper so that one has tracks on it now.

Been perfect tapping weather this season kind of cold but that made for perfect drilling and the snow is nice and light so the going has been excellent. The first real run started yesterday but back to tapping this sat.






















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