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    Got pan fixed. Boiled yesterday with no drama....

    Got pan fixed. Boiled yesterday with no drama. Taps are slowing down. Even trees that were tapped 2 weeks age are shutting down. Will be pulling the taps on Thursday Made 41 gallons of syrup so far....
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    I use mine only for breaking. It saves the...

    I use mine only for breaking. It saves the truck's brakes. On declines it will stop the truck from gaining too much speed. If you jab the brakes quickly it will downshift the trans and keep you from...
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    Boiled a total of 460 gallons of sap today. Made...

    Boiled a total of 460 gallons of sap today. Made a little over 8 gallons of syrup. Had some drama thou. A whole developed in our syrup pan. At one point it was "peeing" into the fire box. With...
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    How is it going?

    Where is everybody this year? Nobody has been letting us know how the season is going for them. For me the taps have been running slow.:confused: No big runs. I tapped half on 2/16 and the other half...
  5. Thread: Tapping

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    Yesterday was our 2nd boil of the year. Only 650...

    Yesterday was our 2nd boil of the year. Only 650 gal of sap so far total. The first boil just sweetened the pans. Yesterday's boil of 350 gals yielded 10 1/4 gallons of syrup. All a nice amber. It...
  6. Thread: New season

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    Mine aren't running too much either. I think...

    Mine aren't running too much either. I think there is too much frost in the ground for the trees to get any water to make sap. From Sunday to Thursday night I only got .8 gallons per tap. I've seen...
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    Put out 160 taps this weekend because the...

    Put out 160 taps this weekend because the forecast looked good. Sap was barely running. The new forecast says it won't run until Wednesday. Not much fun tapping in the rain with 2" of snow still on...
  8. Thread: New season

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    I started getting ready a couple of months ago...

    I started getting ready a couple of months ago with flushing the lines. This shows where I need to fix them from the animal damage. Still have some tubing to repair. Last year I tapped on 2/12 and...
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    You can also start up the bussiness slowly....

    You can also start up the bussiness slowly. Setting up the woods is the cheaper part of the operation. You said your cousin farmers the property. Does he sell retail? If so can you sell your syrup...
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    lyford, I can't say for sure that it was the...

    lyford, I can't say for sure that it was the cause. Leader said it should not have caused it. They said that leaving the soot on the bottom of the pan might have been the problem. We brush the...
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    The first 3 years we rinsed out both pans then...

    The first 3 years we rinsed out both pans then filled them with water and milkhouse acid. Got a small fire going and let it sit overnight. Next day drained and flushed both pans. In the fall we...
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    The only time I use used oil is when I make up my...

    The only time I use used oil is when I make up my dead of winter mix. I mix 1/4 gl of used 30 weight with 3/4 gl of summer bar oil.
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    Finished cleaning out the evap today. Made 2 1/4...

    Finished cleaning out the evap today. Made 2 1/4 gls of dark syrup from what was in the pans. Made 32.3 gls for the year with most of it being golden or amber. In several ways it was our worst year...
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    Brought back 120 gls collected since Saturday's...

    Brought back 120 gls collected since Saturday's hard freeze. Will test the sap to see if it's any good. Will hopefully boil that down today then clean out the evap for the season. Tap holes are...
  15. Thread: Preheater

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    Put the preheater in the hood so the U channels...

    Put the preheater in the hood so the U channels drain into your hood's drainage channels. The plastic zip ties will probably not last in the heat. If needed use SS or copper wire.
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    I'm still tapped. Hoping to get some more sap...

    I'm still tapped. Hoping to get some more sap after this cold snap. Looks like the next run should start on friday. The reds have all popped but I only have sugars. The sugar's buds are still small...
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    Hopefully they will listen and not travel north....

    Hopefully they will listen and not travel north. Finished up our two day boil today. Made another 10 gls of amber syrup. Overall my syrup has been light this year. Haven't made any dark yet. Suppose...
  18. Thread: 16 or 24" wood

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    I use both 16" and 24". 24" front to back then...

    I use both 16" and 24". 24" front to back then 16" side to side. Stacking this way allows for plenty of air to get a good hot boil.
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    It got down to 29 at my place last night. This...

    It got down to 29 at my place last night. This afternoon the trees were barely dripping. Next good freeze won't happen until Sunday night. Got the trailer fixed and brought 500 gls home. Don't have...
  20. Thread: First boil.

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    There's a new supply dealer in Chester, NJ. I...

    There's a new supply dealer in Chester, NJ. I know he got some plastic jugs in stock last week. I started a post here earlier. Look it up to get his info. That way you don't have to pay the shipping...
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    Finished boiling the 640 gls from Sunday and...

    Finished boiling the 640 gls from Sunday and anither 60 gls from around the sugar shack yesterday. Made 11 gls of some good Golden syrup. I also got alot of sugar sand. I wonder if it has anything to...
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    Hopefully not. Looking at the forecast for my...

    Hopefully not. Looking at the forecast for my place, it should freeze at night starting Saurday night and be good sap weather all next week. Just have to get past Wed thru Friday being too warm.
  23. Thread: 2/19

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    Boiled off 400 gls of the 640 I brought back...

    Boiled off 400 gls of the 640 I brought back yesterday. All nice light syrup. Didn't bottle any of it yet. We'll start doing that after the first draw off tomorrow. The syrup still seems to leak a...
  24. Thread: 2/19

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    Got a bunch of friends coming tomorrow to check...

    Got a bunch of friends coming tomorrow to check things out since it's a holiday for them. The guy with the homemade moonshine doesn't show up until the middle of the season. You don't have all of...
  25. Thread: 2/19

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    2/19

    Sap was really flowing yesterday and today. Tapped my bucket trees today at 10am and by 4pm I had over a gallon from each tree. One even gave me 2 gls.:o Total for the two days is 640 gls. Hopefully...
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