Happy New Year

We have started the  new year with snow ON the ground and no frost IN the ground.  I have had several reports that the woods are extremely muddy from all the fall rains and and an early November snowfall. No frost may indicate  early sap runs in March rather than later which has been my experience. No frost in the ground is problematic because extreme muddy conditions will exist for the entire maple season.  Several have solved this issue by installing 3/16 inch tubing where there is a slope to the land surface and gravity is used to move sap to a road or trail.

The Roth Sugar Bush  5 % off cash and carry sale is scheduled for the February 5-8.  I will be having 5% off during that time as well.   This is a good time to stock up on glass, taps and bags as well as equipment.

The new Venturi evaporator is in its second year.  These evaporators are awesome and in stock supply is limited.   They are expected to sell-out so if you were thinking of one, now would be the time to get an instock one.   I will give 5% off any order of a Venturi Evaporator right now.  Delivery time for orders is 4- 6 weeks, thus waiting for the sale in February may be too late.

Have a prosperous and safe New Year.

Don Hansen

Dons Sugar Shack.

Used aluminum and galvanized sap buckets for sale

The price of Chinese made sap sack holders and taps have increased 30 percent this year because of tariffs coming into the US.

The Sap sack holders are now $3.85,  5/16″  aluminum taps are $1.85 and bags  are  $0.30 each or .25 if you buy 250 of them.    Another option would be to purchase  my used 4 gallon galvanized or 3 gallon Aluminum buckets with a new 5/16 plastic bucket tap and lid. The bucket, lid and tap setup would cost $7.00  vrs $6.00 for the sap sack holder, tap, and bag.

I know it $1.00 more for the bucket set up,   but I have never seen a squirrel or chipmunk chew through a galvanized or aluminum bucket  or  seen wind or ice break a bucket.  Anyway its something to consider when you are thinking of adding more taps.  Buckets do need to be rinsed out every year which is a down side, however you will not have to buy bags every year and you will keep the plastic out of the land fills.

Happy Holidays,



The Holiday Season is upon us!

Now is the time to begin to think of gift ideas for  those hard to shop for people.  Making Maple syrup on a small scale is fun, easy 

and economical.   Stop in or call for advice on buying only what you need to get started.  It can be as easy as a 5 dollar tap and bag assembly to collect the sap and a propane burner to boil the sap.     

For the experienced maple syruper I carry most all needed supplies for the 5 tap operation to the 5, 000 tap operation.    Thanks and have a Joyful Holiday Season