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    Joust,
    Go dump all the buckets today so they are clean for any new sap flow. We are pulling all the soft maples and expect to let the first bit that runs go on the ground to clean our pump lines. I have emptied and cleaned the evaporator. I'll have about 3500 taps ready to go Monday AM so we will see.....

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    Wow, just read about some other areas of the state putting taps in trees. I guess I was under the impression that winter just started. I know I missed a few really good runs last year with setting up a new (to me) rig and all but this seems a bit too early even for the new "norm" if there is such a thing. Plus we have a couple feet of snow in most of my woods still.
    6th Year "skip gen" Maple Producer
    St. Lawrence County
    1-'09: 4 gal stock pot, fire pit, 3 taps
    2-'10: Pots, Kitchen Stove & Sap Selling ~110 taps
    3-'11: 8x12 Shack, 146 taps (100 buckets/46 gravity), 16"x77" evaporator (2 flat pans)
    4-'12: 8x16 expanded shack, 147 taps, Leader 2x8 dropped flu
    5-'13: Added 10x20 wood shed, 1st yr on vac
    6-'14: 175 taps, Zero Tank
    7-'15: 230 taps, H20 jacket canner, Vintage Ski Doo Elan
    8-'16: 150 taps
    9-'17: Goal - RO and 250+
    Twitter: @Newman_Zone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joust7.1 View Post
    Wow, just read about some other areas of the state putting taps in trees. I guess I was under the impression that winter just started. I know I missed a few really good runs last year with setting up a new (to me) rig and all but this seems a bit too early even for the new "norm" if there is such a thing. Plus we have a couple feet of snow in most of my woods still.
    Joust7.1 Don't start yet (that is last years post ! you are looking at ) But I,m in Oneida county and if the weather report continues to look like the forecast I heard today, then 2/9/2013 maybe my start tapping date ? My Dad & Mom live in north Lawrence and it was 17 below this morning there, 7 above here .Temps make the difference ,and as for the snow... we got lots here! only makes it harder to tap - but great to keep the season going and to keep the sap cold ! Good luck Tapping !
    2009 50 taps,outside barrow stove, 2 1/2 gals
    2010 75 taps 12x12 w/upstairs Scrap made sugar shack,barrow stove 4 1/2 gals
    2011 200+ taps,tubeing gravty feed shack,scrap oil/wood furnace homemade into a 2x6 arch upstairs holding tank and a new pump(thanks to my son Brian)Sap&wood hauler-4 g-kids model A front end,fram, spoked rims, and a tractor trailer rearend (just don't get in her way), lol, speaking of that,she now thinks "I've gone over the edge",that is (otherhaft) Total 35 gals.

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    Sugar Ed,
    Good catch on that being last year's post. It's been quite cold here lately (we also had -17 yesterday) and I am actually hoping for a few more weeks to get things togetherm for this season. I plan to be ready by the end of February in case the conditions are good to go as I missed a bunch last season starting too late. I've only been to Camden once about a year ago and I remember checking out all the maples and the sugarhouses that you can see from the road. I was thinking that it looked like a good area for maple production. Good luck to you as well.
    6th Year "skip gen" Maple Producer
    St. Lawrence County
    1-'09: 4 gal stock pot, fire pit, 3 taps
    2-'10: Pots, Kitchen Stove & Sap Selling ~110 taps
    3-'11: 8x12 Shack, 146 taps (100 buckets/46 gravity), 16"x77" evaporator (2 flat pans)
    4-'12: 8x16 expanded shack, 147 taps, Leader 2x8 dropped flu
    5-'13: Added 10x20 wood shed, 1st yr on vac
    6-'14: 175 taps, Zero Tank
    7-'15: 230 taps, H20 jacket canner, Vintage Ski Doo Elan
    8-'16: 150 taps
    9-'17: Goal - RO and 250+
    Twitter: @Newman_Zone

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    Joust ,
    Thinking I missed my tap date as the temps. here are looking good ! But as my luck would go I,m just getting over a really nasty stomach bug that has kept me at home and not at the shack :-( . But I did get the pans ready for the arch (bottoms needed cleaning) . and if I can, I'll start tapping tomorrow as temps are good till sat. sun.,(good for keeping cold,storage) Starting Mon. thru-out the week temps look good ! IF the weather man is right . and there's nothing like the first early run ! But that's my two cents, lol. Little bit colder up your way so thing might work out fine for you if ready by end of Feb.and yes I love my 7+ acres with around 250 trees =give or take 400 taps and neighbors that would love to have some syrup for the tapping of there trees ,but last year I had all I could handle with just my trees, as my helpers are my G-kids 7 & 11 and weekends only ,unless I get lucky (hint hint Brian) and my son comes down from v.t He's like a woodpecker when it comes to tapping trees (the wood chips are a flying) I have all I can do to keep up with running tubing (may have something to do with age, lol,)but I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet ! just maybe a few less taps, If no help. As I love the hobby- time at shack/woods with the kids and g-kids and of course the sugar !!! Ed
    2009 50 taps,outside barrow stove, 2 1/2 gals
    2010 75 taps 12x12 w/upstairs Scrap made sugar shack,barrow stove 4 1/2 gals
    2011 200+ taps,tubeing gravty feed shack,scrap oil/wood furnace homemade into a 2x6 arch upstairs holding tank and a new pump(thanks to my son Brian)Sap&wood hauler-4 g-kids model A front end,fram, spoked rims, and a tractor trailer rearend (just don't get in her way), lol, speaking of that,she now thinks "I've gone over the edge",that is (otherhaft) Total 35 gals.

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    How are we looking in NNY? I probably can't be tapped until after next weekend because of work, regardless of the weather. My friend has a few test taps out and had a bit of a run early this week with some road side maples. Next weekend is looking real good on accuweather. I'm a long way from my trees at the end of this week and next so I'm actually hoping for a late start this year. Sunday will have to be a big work "play" day to finish getting ready.
    6th Year "skip gen" Maple Producer
    St. Lawrence County
    1-'09: 4 gal stock pot, fire pit, 3 taps
    2-'10: Pots, Kitchen Stove & Sap Selling ~110 taps
    3-'11: 8x12 Shack, 146 taps (100 buckets/46 gravity), 16"x77" evaporator (2 flat pans)
    4-'12: 8x16 expanded shack, 147 taps, Leader 2x8 dropped flu
    5-'13: Added 10x20 wood shed, 1st yr on vac
    6-'14: 175 taps, Zero Tank
    7-'15: 230 taps, H20 jacket canner, Vintage Ski Doo Elan
    8-'16: 150 taps
    9-'17: Goal - RO and 250+
    Twitter: @Newman_Zone

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    The extended forecast looks great for my location starting on Tuesday. I'm scrambling to get as many taps out as possible.
    6th Year "skip gen" Maple Producer
    St. Lawrence County
    1-'09: 4 gal stock pot, fire pit, 3 taps
    2-'10: Pots, Kitchen Stove & Sap Selling ~110 taps
    3-'11: 8x12 Shack, 146 taps (100 buckets/46 gravity), 16"x77" evaporator (2 flat pans)
    4-'12: 8x16 expanded shack, 147 taps, Leader 2x8 dropped flu
    5-'13: Added 10x20 wood shed, 1st yr on vac
    6-'14: 175 taps, Zero Tank
    7-'15: 230 taps, H20 jacket canner, Vintage Ski Doo Elan
    8-'16: 150 taps
    9-'17: Goal - RO and 250+
    Twitter: @Newman_Zone

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    Weather looks great for the next few days as well as the long range forecast. Hoping I can match last years production by Monday. Spring break for me this week so "LET'S GO!"
    Currently just over 1/2 tapped with a combination of cv's w/ stubbies, new leader one piece seasonal cv's (cv2?) and a few lapierre seasonal straight spouts. Probably won't have vacuum until tomorrow as I still have tapping to do today. How's everybody doing in SLC? Thompsons?
    6th Year "skip gen" Maple Producer
    St. Lawrence County
    1-'09: 4 gal stock pot, fire pit, 3 taps
    2-'10: Pots, Kitchen Stove & Sap Selling ~110 taps
    3-'11: 8x12 Shack, 146 taps (100 buckets/46 gravity), 16"x77" evaporator (2 flat pans)
    4-'12: 8x16 expanded shack, 147 taps, Leader 2x8 dropped flu
    5-'13: Added 10x20 wood shed, 1st yr on vac
    6-'14: 175 taps, Zero Tank
    7-'15: 230 taps, H20 jacket canner, Vintage Ski Doo Elan
    8-'16: 150 taps
    9-'17: Goal - RO and 250+
    Twitter: @Newman_Zone

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    You don't want to know!

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    We had 11 degrees this morning and were able to turn the vacuum on around noon and it was froze up again about 6:30 --- got about 1,000 gallons of 2% sap. Yesterday was about 800. No strong runs yet.....
    3,100 taps
    60 cfm flood
    HC2
    5 by 14 oil

    Brian

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