No more snow please!

There is at least 30 inches of snow in the woods in the St. Croix Valley on top of 24-30 inches of frost with subzero temps coming the first week of March.  I’ve been asked what I thought the season would be like.  My thought is that it will be a  late March start, with a big finish like last year given the amount of snowpak.  I have in the past, tapped in snowshoes and said that I would never do that again. I did it one more time and again said I would not do it ever again.  Its lots of work, the buckets are really high when the snow melts and the sap runs were minimal at best early. plus we trudged through knee deep snow, which is a tough.  I think I will wait for a couple of thaw events before I get out there with 2500 pails.

This is a good time to check your evaporator, clean the flues, get the pans ready and supplies.  There is going to be a rush when the weather does warm, so if you need supplies, now is the best time to get them.

Have a great weekend,

Good Luck to all the Birkie participants in Hayward, WI



Cold February on tap.

No pun intended.  The 15 day forecast calls for below freezing temperatures for highs and subzero for lows, which gets us close to March with no melting.   Oh well its winter.  I did see a new piece of filtering equipment at Roth’s open house last week.  The vacuum filter press, pictured below, worked quite well,  granted it was with clean syrup, but it filtered a half gallon in seconds.  I was impressed.  Cost of these are $499.00 and it is a good price option for those who want something improved over the the Orlon bags but do not want to spend $1,500 on a 7 inch short bank filter press.   I do have these filter tanks in stock as well as the filter presses

Oh, on my last blog post I mentioned, not much snow in the woods.  Well that has changed. Most people I have talked to there is at least a foot of snow and frost is between 18 and 24 inches deep.   

Happy Valentines Day.


Vacuum Filter Press, $499.00

February Sale: 5% off Cash and Carry

Now is the time to begin  gathering supplies for the upcoming maple season.  It won’t be long until we will see the sparks flying for you wood burners out there.
With minimal snow in the woods it is an opportune time to repair and replace tubing chewed up by those pesky squirrels and downed tree branches.  I have a complete inventory of 5/16 and 3/16 tubing and fittings, and  3/4 and 1 inch mainline.  Also in stock is the new spinseal tool which replaces the saddles with leak free connections.  
The 5% off sale is coming up this February 6,7,8,and 9th.    
And I will be buying sap again this year (.15-.16 cents per percentage point of sugar) and custom cooking sap for 50/50 shares.  
Looking forward to serving you in the upcoming maple season.

Don Hansen