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    Ditto on back in the game, sort of:D I have...

    Ditto on back in the game, sort of:D I have another neighbor that has made a little syrup for a few years. The last time he boiled he burnt down the small greenhouse he was boiling in. They have an...
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    Acid cleaned the evaporator and removed stacks...

    Acid cleaned the evaporator and removed stacks yesterday. Pulled all the taps and washed the tubing today. Hope you guys get some freezes.
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    I've been able to stop at a few sugar houses...

    I've been able to stop at a few sugar houses lately. Monday I stopped at Triple Creek Maple and got to see an awesome vacuum and sap monitoring system. No need to go check on how things are working....
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    Those guys are 4H leaders and having all the kids...

    Those guys are 4H leaders and having all the kids over tomorrow for a boiling demonstration. I've still got 70 gallons of sap in barrels for them to boil. The buckets have not run well. The 4H has...
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    Went to the neighbors yesterday. They boiled over...

    Went to the neighbors yesterday. They boiled over 8 hours and made some syrup. A little dark because the pan got too low trying to finish and as normal had to filter out the mortar that falls down...
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    I sent 80 gallons to the neighbors this morning....

    I sent 80 gallons to the neighbors this morning. They've also got about forty taps. They boil about 10 gallons an hour so they should be busy all day today. The sap isn't running that well. The...
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    The neighbors balked at using my entire...

    The neighbors balked at using my entire operation. They put up 33 buckets yesterday and will do a few more tomorrow. They boil on a flat pan on a fire place in a log cabin. I'll get a picture in a...
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    Chatted with Sugarmaker the other day. Hope to...

    Chatted with Sugarmaker the other day. Hope to get up there soon. Here's a picture of my BAT mobile. It works good but doesn't really like deep snow. We usually have mud.

    Randy, better get it in...
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    I ended up with 13 3/8 gallons. It's all packed...

    I ended up with 13 3/8 gallons. It's all packed away. My neighbors want to make syrup. They may use my entire operation instead of their buckets and a flat pan.

    Polish Wizard, The greater the...
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    After a series of screw ups I think I'm done for...

    After a series of screw ups I think I'm done for the season. I boiled a little sap today, chased the sweet a little and drained the evaporator. I collected about 1500 gal. this run but didn't quite...
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    It wasn't a great day yesterday. I only got 255...

    It wasn't a great day yesterday. I only got 255 gallons of sap. I started my boil and after a while I wondered why I had so much "steam" coming off my front pan. Checked my stack lids and OK. I...
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    Sap hasn't been flowing that great. Boiled 350...

    Sap hasn't been flowing that great. Boiled 350 gallons yesterday and made about 4 gallons of syrup. Gotta love that 1% sap:rolleyes:

    Randy, I don't think you've missed that much. Looks like a...
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    Sap isn't running that great but I have about 230...

    Sap isn't running that great but I have about 230 in the tank. Will start boiling this afternoon. I hope to be done for the season by the end of this coming week but it's not looking good.

    Chris,...
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    Hi Chris! First day sugar was average, 1.4 on my...

    Hi Chris! First day sugar was average, 1.4 on my 3/16" (mostly sugars), after that 1.1. Didn't have a freeze for three days. I'm surprised anyone is started up north. After this weekend it doesn't...
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    Boiled 227 gallons yesterday. Turned the pump off...

    Boiled 227 gallons yesterday. Turned the pump off but should be back at it Friday.
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    Glad I took a few hours vacation today. I...

    Glad I took a few hours vacation today. I collected 415 gallons of sap. Also glad to get my first boil of the year screw ups out of the way. Was drawing syrup in less than 3 hours and wasn't ready....
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    I've got more than 200 gallons in the tank. One...

    I've got more than 200 gallons in the tank. One of my 3/16" barrels was overflowing. Need to get my stacks up and light a fire this evening.
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    Happy 2018 everyone! I woke up today, looked at...

    Happy 2018 everyone! I woke up today, looked at the weather and said why not. Fixed up the tubing this morning and the laterals were unthawed. Put the evaporator together this afternoon and cleaned...
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