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    Happy New Year 2021. The best thing about Maple Season to me is it gives me something to look forward to though January and February. Maple Trader forum gives me some historical references when planning the up coming season. Right now I'm looking prior year postings and trying to plan my March Vacation days. Good luck and a bountiful season to all.

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    Thanks, Russ. I have a bit of work to do before I tap, with a lot of new stuff for me this year:

    - New Mason 2x3 that I just did a couple boils on last season
    - Sugar shack now has a hole in roof with flaps, so all the steam from the new evaporator has somewhere to go!
    - New 55 gallon barrel I'm going to rig up to tow around for collection
    - More taps

    Here's hoping for a good season for you and for all of us!

    Gabe O
    2016: Homemade arch from old woodburning stove. 2 steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 gall syrup
    2017: Same homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time (New baby!) 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.
    2019: Still very limited time. Downsized to 7 taps and a short season. 1.8 gallons syrup
    2020: 9 taps, new Mason 2x3 XL halfway through season, 2 gallons syrup
    2021: Planning on 17 taps

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    Nice, sounds allot like my setup. Anticipation of Maple season always helps me chase away the winter blues.

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    I find that wind direction, Temperature and barometer reading have helped me predict sap flow. With this in mind I am sharing these links. http://www.usairnet.com/weather/maps...on-forecast-1/ . http://www.usairnet.com/weather/maps...tric-pressure/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ008 View Post
    Nice, sounds allot like my setup. Anticipation of Maple season always helps me chase away the winter blues.
    Thanks! I'm making a little progress every year. And yeah, likewise.

    GO
    2016: Homemade arch from old woodburning stove. 2 steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 gall syrup
    2017: Same homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time (New baby!) 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.
    2019: Still very limited time. Downsized to 7 taps and a short season. 1.8 gallons syrup
    2020: 9 taps, new Mason 2x3 XL halfway through season, 2 gallons syrup
    2021: Planning on 17 taps

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    Still way too cold/early for me. I looked through my last few years, and anytime I've ever tapped before 2/14 it has been a mistake. Perhaps if I were on lines rather than buckets things might be different. Last year was a good example - I tapped 2/10 and the last week of March should have been the best run of the season, but was a trickle from some trees, and nothing from others. Certainly if there hadn't been a few 60/70 degree days early in the season, my tap holes might not have dried out so fast.

    Long-range forecast is suggesting Feb will be roughly average to maybe a little warmer than average. So if you're tapping soon - good luck! I'm going to hold off.

    Cheers,

    GO
    2016: Homemade arch from old woodburning stove. 2 steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 gall syrup
    2017: Same homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time (New baby!) 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.
    2019: Still very limited time. Downsized to 7 taps and a short season. 1.8 gallons syrup
    2020: 9 taps, new Mason 2x3 XL halfway through season, 2 gallons syrup
    2021: Planning on 17 taps

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    I think the sun has to be at a certain declination as well
    2019 - New 12X12 boiling pavilion
    2018 - New Mason 2X3 Hobby XL and homemade RO
    2017 - 49 taps on gravity, 6 on buckets.
    2016 - 19 taps on new 3/16 tubing, 24 on buckets
    2015 - 51 taps, 26 buckets
    2014 - 50 taps, 14 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, new 2X3 continuous flow Phaneuf from Homestead Maple
    2013 - 33 taps, 12 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, steam table pans
    2012 - 26 taps, 10 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, steam table pans

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