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    At least some of my trees started going buddy....

    At least some of my trees started going buddy. The sap I was getting at the beginning of the week tasted bitter and off coming directly out of the tubing. I've already started cleaning and pack up...
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    I think all the bugs and woodland critters might...

    I think all the bugs and woodland critters might agree with you on that. The rest of this week is way too warm around me to keep sap for more than a day or two.
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    Another late cold spell and weekend warm up gone...

    Another late cold spell and weekend warm up gone by and another 150 gallons of sap collected. Had a late night boiling last night and probably another late boil today.

    I swear I heard tree frogs...
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    If it smells and tastes fine it should be good to...

    If it smells and tastes fine it should be good to go.
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    Also no moths but flys and mosquitoes. That and...

    Also no moths but flys and mosquitoes. That and another 60 gallons of sap since yesterday afternoon.

    The pan is back up to a boil hopefully I will get thru all the sap today.
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    Ive got some room on the evaporator to cook those...

    Ive got some room on the evaporator to cook those steamers that sounds delicious.
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    Picked up 120 gallons of sap since Sunday. Not...

    Picked up 120 gallons of sap since Sunday. Not spectacular but it's enough to crank up the evaporator and start reducing it.

    The tubing is still running very strong so I'm guessing I will have a...
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    My lines are moving today temp has been around 40...

    My lines are moving today temp has been around 40 since 10am. Not much sun though to really get things moving.

    Monday and Tuesday should make for better days
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    Stayed up late Thursday to finish boiling before...

    Stayed up late Thursday to finish boiling before the freeze. Jarred up a little over 2 gallons of syrup. Makes 7.5 gallons finished and packed so far this season.

    It hit 8 here this morning, I'm...
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    If you can fit it in a bucket and store the pan...

    If you can fit it in a bucket and store the pan contents in the fridge or freezer untill you are ready to boil again that is the safest bet.

    Friday and Saturday look to be a natural freezer...
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    Collected 120 gallons since Sunday morning. Not...

    Collected 120 gallons since Sunday morning. Not to shabby for 75 taps on gravity tubing. Cleaned up my pan and working making it sweet again tonight.
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    Sounds like as good a plan as any to start out...

    Sounds like as good a plan as any to start out with. Just wait by next year you will be talking about tubing and how to make a barrel evaporator. Best of luck to you this season keep us posted how it...
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    Seasoned white pine and AOF/AUF. Had to stop...

    Seasoned white pine and AOF/AUF. Had to stop putting the magnetic stack temp thermometer on the stack because the magnet kept loosing it's magmatism. A little bit of engineering makes a lot of heat.
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    So I had about 100 gallons of sap that needed to...

    So I had about 100 gallons of sap that needed to see some heat. I think Ive got my evaporator dialed in to provide the needed heat.
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    The weather for this weekend looks like a nice...

    The weather for this weekend looks like a nice soild freeze with a warm up Monday and Tuesday. Should make for a nice run. But yea everything pretty much stopped the latter half of this week.
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    I've seen all manner of flying insects hanging...

    I've seen all manner of flying insects hanging around my collection barrels and evaporator. I've also had to start pulling ticks off me after going through the woods working the tubing. Never...
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    Was a propduct and busy weekend for me ended up...

    Was a propduct and busy weekend for me ended up with 4 gallons of finished, filtered, and packed up syrup. Not too bad for a quiet last weekend of January.

    No problems staying warm feeding this...
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    I did a spot check on a barrel and it said 2%....

    I did a spot check on a barrel and it said 2%. Considering the last couple years it's stayed right around 1% I'm having a good sugar year for early in the season.
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    This influence of Long Island Sound plays all...

    This influence of Long Island Sound plays all kinds of games with the weather in the state. The effect is far more pronounced along the coast but the whole state sees some effects at times.

    Sadly...
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    It sure is werid and warmer than it should be...

    It sure is werid and warmer than it should be weather but it is making for a very nice run today. My only problem now is finding the time to boil the 100 gallons of sap from the week to make room for...
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    10am and I have 3 solid 3/16 diameter streams...

    10am and I have 3 solid 3/16 diameter streams coming down off my hill. It's a good day for a boil.
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    I collected around 100 gallons over the weekend....

    I collected around 100 gallons over the weekend. There was a decent early season run over the weekend in the southeast corner.
    I was finishing up getting my taps in on Saturday and have been...
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    Its easier to say all galvanized buckets are...

    Its easier to say all galvanized buckets are suspect of containing lead than to say some do and some don't. Also visually people will equate rust in the bucket to rust in the syrup.

    In either case...
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    You should do a test run or two with water to...

    You should do a test run or two with water to work the kinks out of the new rig. With enough fire you should be able to get in the 10-12 gph range when you are firing hard.
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    At the current flow rate which I'd say is around...

    At the current flow rate which I'd say is around 10-12gph and a freshly fuled fire the thermometer reads 171F coming out of the preheated.
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