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Author Topic: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup  (Read 10552 times)

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Offline BBTom

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The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« on: March 06, 2007, 05:37:45 PM »
Thought that those who are contemplating a move into the maple syrup business should see this...

The True Cost of Syrup Making
 
We've just received an updated calculation of the true cost of making Maple Syrup, with wood as a fuel source.  While the actual cost of items will vary from region to region, we believe that the overall figures should be accurate.
 
Evaporator 2 x 4                               2,100
Pipe, installation                                    212
Chain saw                                            249
Gas, maintenance for saw                    144
4-wheel drive pickup                       12,379
Maintenance for pickup                        656
Insurance for pickup                            879
Replace rear window of pickup (twice) 100
Fine for cutting in conservation area     500
Fourteen cases Lablatt's Blue               350
Littering  fine                                         56
Tow charge from wreck                       175
Overbilling from doctor re:splinter in eye 50
Safety glasses                                       29
Overbilling from doctor re: crushed toes 75
Safety shoes                                         80
New living room carpet                     1,200
Chimney brush and rods                        75
Log splitting maul                                  80
Chiropractor fees re: back                   250
Log splitter                                       1,750
Fifteen acre woodlot                       15,000
Taxes on woodlot                                900
Buckets and spiles                                  50
Containers with labels                               5
Divorce settlement                          33,698

Total first year's costs                     71,042
Value of Maple Syrup sales - first year   632

Net Cost of first year's Maple syrup  70,410

From the December, 1995 issue of  Maple Syrup Digest
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Re: The True Cost of Masking Maple Syrup
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2007, 05:47:40 PM »
 ;D :D :D
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Re: The True Cost of Masking Maple Syrup
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2007, 07:45:25 PM »
Only fourteen case's of beer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you must be workin alone.
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Re: The True Cost of Masking Maple Syrup
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2007, 09:12:34 PM »
i think i will stay logging a lot easier

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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2007, 09:01:17 PM »
 What, you only bought 10 buckets,spiles and covers  ;D .
 Cost of line system $1400. for 400 taps.
 Profit, NEVER  :D .
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2007, 09:05:24 PM »
It sure tastes good, though...........I am glad that you guys are doing it for the betterment of society.........
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2007, 11:10:46 PM »
How about :
2 metal spiles                                $5
1 spile home made from wood      $0
3 drywall buckets                          $0
boil on the kitchen stove             not much since it just replaces furnace heat
total production .5 - 1 gal/year     priceless  ;D

I have tapped my one backyard tree as early as Feb 1 depending on the weather. This year the taps went in March 3. The latest ever. I have only had two days of flow so far and only 1pt of syrup finished. What I get starts lighter than any syrup you can buy. By the end of the season, it looks like grade A dark. I could probably go further, but I get tired of it after several weeks. I am now producing wooden spiles for some of my kids friends so they can tap trees in their yards too. Soon we will have a little community of urban sap boilers.
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2007, 06:41:00 AM »
 smiley_clapping

Can remember them after school chores.  8)

Was a lot of fun going with grand father to his lot on the ski doo. Lean-to , boiling barrel and lots of wood smoke directed toward the lean-to.  ;D :D
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2007, 06:50:29 AM »
just remember, When boiling maple sap in the home, to be careful of all the steam released into the air.  More than one urban maple maker has had to rewallpaper the entire kitchen.  :o   Some of my best customers have told me so!!    :D
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2007, 07:49:05 AM »
I remember that happining when I was a kid! :D  I think mom wanted to get rid of that ugly wall paper anyway.
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2007, 03:56:04 PM »
Did anyone else think that was the cheapest divorce settlement ever? :D

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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2007, 04:36:35 PM »
im with bbtom--friend that does large scale maply syrup--been in family for generations--said go ahead and do it in your kitchen--and tell me how much new wallpaper you will need!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he gets 38.00 a gal---gooooooooooodd stuff----

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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2007, 04:45:13 PM »
Divorce?   ???

I'm still tryin' ta figger out where da lucky sod found a sugar bush fer $1,000 an acre.  ::)

Ders a soggy peice up da road a bit from here, da owner wants $475,000 fer a 100 acres of skeeters an half-dead Aspens with a few swamp cedars fer colour.  :-\
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2007, 05:03:55 PM »
Nobody would pay anywhere near that for prime farmland here. You could get 100 acres of prime hardwood here for $75,000-150,000 on private. But most large scale sugaries here are crown leases, the government puts blocks on tender bids.
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2007, 05:33:10 PM »
There is a complete Maple Sugar operation for Sale just north of Van Buren Maine with top of the line Equipment, Processing facility and home on a thousand acres. They have over 10,000 taps. Priced just under a million.
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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2007, 05:51:21 PM »
Sounds reasonable enough to me. Looks like opportunity for someone with the $$. You coming north Mooseherder?  ;D ;)
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2007, 06:19:00 PM »
Trust me Swampdonkey. The thought has crossed my mind. I would love to buy it and live there.(must be something wrong with me...brrrr)
We got da 50 acres and the little cabin waitin' on us already. We gotta hook up this summer. I'll cook ya some Tom Steaks. :D
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2007, 10:15:49 PM »
When you are tapping only one tree, you end up making your syrup a pint at a time. I take it easy and don't try to boil it down as fast as possible, so the steam gets spread out over several hours. In ten years, I've never had any wallpaper removal problems.
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2007, 04:23:56 PM »

Living out west I have never seen a sugar maple.
I have heard that you can tap a Birch. How do you know when it is time? How deep a hole and how do you plug it afterwards to keep bugs out?

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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2007, 04:29:35 PM »
Maple Syrup Harvesters are America's unsung heroes. ;)
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