Despite the insanely warm temperatures the last few days we have been collecting sap on a steady basis. It has not been an amazing year to say the least but the year is not quite over for us. I am hoping that the buds are going to hold off for a few more days and we can keep getting clear and happy sap.
We are still chasing batch number 8, we are just trying to get enough sap to make it worth while to start up the evaporator. It has been a love hate relationship with the big dog, Mike had to take the whole burner apart and clean every nook and cranny. We know a lot more about how it works now, lets hope we can keep it working.
We have had a ton of visitors up at the shack in the few weeks that we have been boiling, It has been a lot of fun. We have put together a quick little video for you guys to take a look at. Shot on St. Paddy’s in the sugar shack Enjoy!
Well we are in full production right now. Mike and Bri are working on batch 5 as I write this. We have pulled two batches off of the big dog even though we have been having some technical problems with it. The burner kept going out for no reason but Mike took the whole thing apart and put it back together. It is working now and hopefully we have solved the problem.
We also had a good group of people coming to visit us at the sugar shack. We were having a great time with Mike’s niece and nephews. The Kid were great workers especially when you keep them full of maple syrup. It was great to have them in the sugar shack, they were a great help!
Mike’s Brother in laws have also been incredibly helpful. Pat went though the whole bush and fixed up a bunch of leaks and John it helped out to bottle and fix technical issues, he has a knack for it.
It has been a lot of fun so far this year but the snow is going away quickly and it has not frozen over night in four days. I have a feeling it is going to end just as fast at it has begun.
I found this great video of the best toy I have seen in a while. I really want one!
This guy figured out how to boil maple syrup using steam. He has this great wood fired steam set up that looks like a hoot to work. He is not sure if it is more efficient than the traditional setup but it really is a cool looking apparatus.
Jesse was a great big help this year in the Sugar bush. Mike and I were really happy to have him pull such a long haul. I think Mike was the happier one of the two of us as he had been living in the sugar shack night and day for almost two weeks before we showed up.
Running and evaporator efficiently is no small task, it may seem like nothing is happening but you have to keep things “dialed in” or you loose your fire, flood the pan or burn the syrup. There are also strange things that can happen when you least expect them. Check out this vid of Jesse dealing with something called a steam lock. This happens when the sap in the pre-heater boils causing the pressure to block the flow of sap.