Our tractor is just able to lift this 4,000 gallon tank now that we’ve added some counterweight in addition to the loaded tires. We have 7 of this sized tank so now they’re much easier to move around than before when we dragged them around using chains.
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Before tubing our new properties we always like to have a selective cut done by our forester. This frees up canopy space for our maples to grow, eliminates undesirable species and damaged/slow growing trees, and of course produces lumber! This time we decided to keep two trailer loads of timber for future projects. A local Amish mill cut up 3,500 board feet for us. We’ve already used some of the tulip poplar for one of our pump houses, and we plan on using some of the oak and cherry for furniture once it finishes air drying.
Our new 3,000 gallon fuel oil tank. Before the use of Reverse Osmosis (RO) machines it could easily take 4+ gallons of oil to make a gallon of syrup. By boiling sap that’s 16% sugar instead of just the 2% that comes out of the trees, along with the use of a steam pan to preheat incoming sap, we should only need to use around 1/4th of a gallon of oil per gallon of syrup.
Our “new” 80 quart Hobart mixer. Ran our first test batch Tuesday, this thing easily converted 15 gallons of syrup to almost 100 pounds of maple sugar in less than a half an hour. No size reference in this picture but this machine is taller than a person and weighs well over 1,000 pounds! We’ve happily retired our two 20 quart problem child mixers by trading them in for this machine. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DX3ODK8…