Maple Syrup Anyone?

Maple Syrup Anyone?

PostBy: sterling40man On: Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:36 pm

Went to see my cousin's maple syrup operation on Thursday. It's located in western New Brunswick, Canada........about a 45 minute drive from here. He's got 44,000 trees tapped. Right now he's producing two barrels of syrup an hour. I took a video with my smartphone and posted it on YouTube.




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Re: Sugar Shack

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:34 pm

Very interesting, thanks!
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Re: Sugar Shack

PostBy: rockwood On: Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:14 pm

44000 trees, that's amazing to me. Living where I do, I've never seen anything like this...every cool :!:
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Re: Sugar Shack

PostBy: dcrane On: Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:30 am

yea but is it 100% organic :lol:

You need to have him change out those oil burners with some coal burners :P

The stainless equip. around that operation must have cost $millions$ :shock:

lot to be said for those old rustic one man operation sugar shacks built high in the forests, burning wood and making 10 gallons of syrup (I wonder how much longer those poor bastards will be around with operations like this) :lol:
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Re: Maple Syrup Anyone?

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:23 pm

why certainly, pass a jug over...maybe there will be some at the meet n greet for the buckwheat pancakes.... :discuss:
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Re: Maple Syrup Anyone?

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:01 pm

F-f-forty four THOUSAND trees? Yowza! Dat's a bunch of sappers. OK...sign me up for a gallon of medium amber. Yummmmmm
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Re: Maple Syrup Anyone?

PostBy: sterling40man On: Mon May 13, 2013 2:15 pm

Final count..............598 barrels.
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Re: Maple Syrup Anyone?

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Tue May 14, 2013 7:28 am

That's a lot of syrup!! How many men on the crew to tap 40k trees?
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Re: Maple Syrup Anyone?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue May 14, 2013 7:59 am

Hell Bob, he ought to have his taxes covered for next year:)
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Re: Maple Syrup Anyone?

PostBy: sterling40man On: Mon May 20, 2013 6:49 pm

NWBuilder wrote:That's a lot of syrup!! How many men on the crew to tap 40k trees?


About a dozen or so.

freetown fred wrote:Hell Bob, he ought to have his taxes covered for next year:)


I don't think he's hurtin' for money!
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Re: Maple Syrup Anyone?

PostBy: Berlin On: Mon May 20, 2013 9:57 pm

a couple of bit underfeed stokers and a couple truckloads of NS coal would save him many thousands. :D
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Re: Maple Syrup Anyone?

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue May 21, 2013 4:57 am

So, about 6 1/2 million bucks over the threshold. That's what hard work and ingenuity get's ya! I'm proud of him. Our friends to the north know how to work hard and get stuff done.

I see several places where ball valves have no caps. Here in the USA OSHA would have a fit! "We're giving you a $15,000 fine because you left a dangerous circumstance". Up there "Hey, Patric got wet when he bumped the valve on the separator". And: "Dat ain't nuttin'... Pierre got burned his finger when he opened the valve on the boiler. He won't never do dat again!" Yup, Down here someone burns a finger they go out on comp, a lawyer gets them a million bucks & the owner gets fined. Up there they allow people to learn. You burn a finger you get to work with a sore finger & the owner get's a chuckle.

Speaking of separators.... how do they work? That must save a bunch of fuel. Every place I've ever seen they simply boil the sap. To separate out a lot of the water is a huge money saving idea, but how do they work?
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Re: Maple Syrup Anyone?

PostBy: sterling40man On: Tue May 21, 2013 8:32 am

Berlin wrote:a couple of bit underfeed stokers and a couple truckloads of NS coal would save him many thousands.


He said that they have actually come out with electric and pellet fired separators. He's looking into it. Heating oil in Canada is about $.35 more per gallon than what we pay. He said that he is tired of paying 60k per year in fuel costs. When he first started he was paying about 10k.

Freddy wrote:So, about 6 1/2 million bucks over the threshold.


About $650,000 Freddy. Each barrel sells at an average of $1200.

Freddy wrote:Speaking of separators.... how do they work?


Not quite sure "how" they work. All I know is that they separate the water out of the sap..........it's pretty neat.
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Re: Maple Syrup Anyone?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue May 21, 2013 8:57 am

45 minute drive? Wow, you ARE way up there! :lol:

Almost 3/4 of a mil ....... I'm definitely in the wrong line of business!!
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Re: Maple Syrup Anyone?

PostBy: sterling40man On: Tue May 21, 2013 9:22 am

SMITTY wrote:45 minute drive? Wow, you ARE way up there! :lol:


aaaaaaaaaaa.......yup! :)
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