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    Well, it appears as though the trees have woken up a little bit. i'm getting a decent run right now. certainly not mid season 2gpt run, but i'd say about 1gpt. 45 degrees here right now. be nice if tomorrows warmer weather would keep this flow up for another day or so!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeVT View Post
    Never got above 34 degrees yesterday at my place.
    About the same here on the hill. Enough to fill the releaser once or twice. Starting slow today. Smaller trees are waking up and running some. Bigger trees still have some thawing to do. At least the thaw means it is a good time to run the woods to check for leaks...especially after all the wind we've been having. Smartrek system is up and running. Hopefully it'll break open a bit more overnight and tomorrow. RO has been rinsed (twice) and we did a test boil with permeate to clean the evaporator up some. Experiments all tapped in and ready. We're just waiting on the sap now.
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    Default Starting to run

    Really starting to thaw out and run this afternoon here. Weird thing happened, I had a leak on a saddle fitting and the sap around that fitting was frozen solid and leaking out around the fitting making a large ice ball around it. I remember reading something Dr. Tim was mentioning in a different post about sap freezing under vacuum with a leak. Well it happened. There were several gallons of sap behind the ice jam. I had to turn off vacuum to that line and thaw the ice with my hand. Then fixed leak. And then that line really started running good. Always learning something.
    Thanks for the info Dr Tim.

    Mike
    Summit Maple

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    ran just ok here today .33gpt, was hoping for more not sure if it was lack of freeze here last night(wed) or trees still cold, still alot of snow in the bush and a serious ice pack under, hope it continues through the night, sap testing 2.2 still

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    Waking up, about .6 gpt so far and its thawing out more as we speak...
    200 on 3/16" vacuum plus some buckets
    D&G 2x6 7" drop flue wood fired
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    I'm at .75 gph since yesterday morning. I hope sap runs all night again and into tomorrow. Trees are still thawing. Looks like next weeks things will get better.

    Spud

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    Only .48 gallons of sap per tap since tapping on the 9th. With the warm-up yesterday, was hoping trees would run all night, but they didn't, all but stopped this morning. Methinks I'll get out the jumper cables today...

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    Things were waking up here, still alot of dry buckets. Got around .2 gal per tap, though I am very happy to see my new 3/16 run at 26in of vacuum !
    31 Taps in 2011 with buckets, Barrel evap
    45+ Taps for 2012 with buckets, 2x5 Dryer Arch with steel pans ! 8x11 Sugar Shack, Dump Stations,
    60 Taps for 2013- Insulated Dryer arch, AUF,
    2014 watched from sidelines...
    70 Taps for 2015 - dryer arch, new 2x5 divided pan from Smokey Lake with a float box !
    70 Taps for 2016 - added a preheater and new grates for the Dryerator.
    80 Taps for 2018 - Dryer arch got new front and door

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeyamber View Post
    Things were waking up here, ...
    Same here. Only about 1 gpt of sap so far. Trees are still thawing out. The driveway still has a lot of ice on it (not slush) and isn't muddy, so that indicates the trees are still mostly frozen too. They'll be thawing out a bit more today before they freeze up again tomorrow.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr
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    What's everyone getting for sugar content? Just checked mine and it's a whopping 1.3...
    2016- 50 buckets. Made 4 gallons
    2017- 100 buckets, 50 taps on 3/4 mainline and 3/16th tubing + shurflo vacuum. Made 30 gallons.
    2018- 1000 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, 60 buckets - made 378 gallons of syrup.
    2019- 1713 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, NO buckets. Made 500 gallons.

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