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Re: Maple sugaring 2021
« Reply #480 on: May 02, 2021, 08:55:37 AM »
Same here as to the firewood, Ed.

We only burned 3 face-cords of sugar wood!

We've been cleaned up for over a month now!

Poor year, but still enjoyable!
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Re: Maple sugaring 2021
« Reply #481 on: May 02, 2021, 10:56:27 AM »
We used about 14 skids of firewood, but all softwood from the sawmill. I will replenish the firewood as I go through the year, looks like fill be sawing more hardwood this year so that will make a difference. 
We are down about 30% on our syrup. Could have been boiling all last week if the season hadnít ended at Easter. We had snow Friday afternoon 
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« Reply #482 on: May 03, 2021, 08:42:01 AM »
Last year we made 190 gallons, and this year we made 88 gallons!  ::)
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« Reply #483 on: May 03, 2021, 12:37:06 PM »
We ended up with a slightly above decent year. Just over 1 quart of syrup per tap on 230 taps. 
We are at 1200 ft and have trees on all aspects except true north.  Do about 5 different stops through the neighborhood.  We put 1 bucket per tree and that works well for us. I've been picking and choosing trees over the last 10 years and have abandoned some and picked up diff trees somewhere else. Buckets are fun because you actually learn which trees produce year to year, its pretty consistent.  
Had a great year. Pretty quiet in the sugarhouse this year not many guests. But means I boiled faster!

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Re: Maple sugaring 2021
« Reply #484 on: September 13, 2021, 09:35:31 AM »
 Anyone from the northeast going to Bascomb's open house on Friday & Saturday 17 & 18 sept?
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Re: Maple sugaring 2021
« Reply #485 on: September 13, 2021, 10:59:39 AM »
It would be nice if anyone who knows chris elliot could find out if hes ok.  Been a long time.
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« Reply #486 on: September 13, 2021, 12:48:34 PM »
yes. he started this thread, and has dropped off the scene.
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« Reply #487 on: September 13, 2021, 12:55:33 PM »
I sent him a PM.  his last post was Feb., and last active July 22.  I assumed he just got busy.
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« Reply #488 on: September 27, 2021, 06:58:54 PM »
It would be nice if anyone who knows chris elliot could find out if hes ok.  Been a long time.
I just saw him post on a facebook syrup page in the last couple days.  Busy guy.   Also will say I just ran across this syrup thread, usually go to mapletrader for syrup chat.  I made 250 gal this year from 724 taps.   Working on a new electric releaser pump house for next season and hopefully a couple hundred new taps.   
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« Reply #489 on: September 27, 2021, 07:55:35 PM »
Well that is some welcome news. Thank you!
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« Reply #490 on: September 29, 2021, 02:56:47 PM »
i just got 3 stainless "full pans" in the mail today, theyll hold about 5 gallons each and should make evaporating in my hillbilly combo evaporator/smoker/BBQ thing a lot more efficient.  my buddy is on me to build an RO to reduce the labor further.

after seeing how much good, sellable firewood i burned last year i realized that was gonna need to change.  all the long spindly stuff i culled at my dads will need to start getting rounded up.  my firebox is a 100LB propane tank so it takes long thing limby wood real well. i will sort the poplar and junky wood strictly for sugaring.  oak just doesnt seem to burn hot enough and i get overwhelmed with coals.  pallet wood is a bit too hot and scalds easy.  ill feel better when maintaining the sugar lot produces the evaporator energy and isnt eating my own heat source up.

im contemplating running a section of high tensile wire on my dads place to support a mainline with saddle taps for the rest of the property to drain into for a central collection. my place has 3 humps and wont work right but his has a nice single draw. its actually perfect. 


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« Reply #491 on: September 29, 2021, 03:34:07 PM »
You mister have been bitten by the maple bug  :D
Sugaring is a great way to stay busy  and foster ingenuity 

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« Reply #492 on: October 15, 2021, 11:24:08 PM »
well, i kinda took the plunge.  the parts have arrived for a 4 stage RO and today i ordered 300 feet of 3/4 mainline and saddle taps, 500 more feet of 5/16ths, plus 100 more spiles.  got high tensile wire and turnbuckles for a sag free install.  i dont necessarily think it will make me any money, and the expense hurt, but i can see that the hurt is only going to get larger and larger if i put it off now and decide to grow later.  that mainline price is never coming down. 

i grocery shopped today which is abnormal.  stayed as much in the produce department as i could, and holy crap did that make me wish i had 10x more garden. i had a little chunk of money come in and its about gone now, but i feel i made a good investment for the future to come, in syrup, livestock fencing, soil stuff, canning stuff.  really trying to take homesteading to the next level and start cutting walmart out of my life. 
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« Reply #493 on: October 16, 2021, 04:55:59 PM »
You best start cutting Firewood!
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« Reply #494 on: October 16, 2021, 06:51:48 PM »
Yeah really..  Ive got all the thinnings to round up off the ground at the bush site soon now that the temp change has put the chiggers away. 

  I will tap the best trees in my yard but the lay isnt very good on the plot where i live and im not gonna develop a tubing system.  The other parcel has better trees, a great gravity layout and nothing else on it to be in conflict right now.   Since im thinning it so severely there isnt much risk of lines getting hurt if left up long term, and itll be easy to go vaccuum once theres a utility panel someday.  
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