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  1. #781
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    Trees loosened up pretty good today. Lines aren't going to the tanks yet, but I'll stuff them in after the freeze up tonight. Only have three gauges out so far, and they read 20, 22 and 23 inches respectively. Already found a few leaks I need to address also.
    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    2012: Converted the flat pan to continuous flow. 33 buckets. 9.5 gallons made
    2015: New to me Lapierre 18x60 raised flue, new shack, new everything!! 59 taps 23.75 gallons made
    2016: 85 taps 19 gallons
    2017: Purchased 2.5 acres and tubed half with 3/16. 145 taps total 49.25 gallons made
    2018: 200 taps. 162 on 3/16ths 38 on buckets
    www.wnybass.com

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    If the long range forecast holds, we have some amazing maple weather coming our way.
    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    2012: Converted the flat pan to continuous flow. 33 buckets. 9.5 gallons made
    2015: New to me Lapierre 18x60 raised flue, new shack, new everything!! 59 taps 23.75 gallons made
    2016: 85 taps 19 gallons
    2017: Purchased 2.5 acres and tubed half with 3/16. 145 taps total 49.25 gallons made
    2018: 200 taps. 162 on 3/16ths 38 on buckets
    www.wnybass.com

  3. #783
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    I'm in the game since Sunday. Thought i was tapping 30 but my calculations must have been off and found 4 more sap sack holders in my supplies so my magic # is 34 this year. Had flow with the warmth on Sunday. Hoping for a good year. Glad for the "normal" temps and to be tapping around a traditional time compared to some years. Good luck everyone!
    2011: Turkey Fryer, 3 Taps, 1 Quart!
    2012: Crude Block Setup, 14 Taps & 2.5 Gal. Syrup
    2013-2016: Fuel Tank w/ Steam Pans, 20 Taps and between 4.5-6.5 Gallons
    2017: Next Gen Maple 2x3 Hobby setup, 25 taps & 4.5 Gal.
    2018: 34 taps & 8 gal

  4. #784
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    Default Looks warm the next 10 days

    Some good runs coming for everyone. Not going to freeze up much at night. Gravity will run a little but vac. will be required to keep it going. Glad I have everything on high vac. now. Will finish tapping tonight and chase leaks tomorrow. Good luck to everyone. Looking forward to some long nights. Just secured an agreement to buy sap from a sizeable local bush.
    Chris
    18 X 20 sugar shack
    1300 taps all on vac.
    2 by 8 Lapierre all stanless evaporator
    Steam Hood
    Lapierre 250 Turbo R.O.
    Polaris Ranger
    30 years experience

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    Well the forecast certainly has my attention. Im thinking I may do half my taps this weekend and the other half in another week or so. I'm putting in 140 this year all buckets and bags. Just dont wanna go too early. I've got a family vacation planned for the first week in april, so I have about 6 wks from now til then. If I was on tubing I'd go all in, but the buckets make me unsure. What are others on buckets doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyford View Post
    Well the forecast certainly has my attention. Im thinking I may do half my taps this weekend and the other half in another week or so. I'm putting in 140 this year all buckets and bags. Just dont wanna go too early. I've got a family vacation planned for the first week in april, so I have about 6 wks from now til then. If I was on tubing I'd go all in, but the buckets make me unsure. What are others on buckets doing?
    Tapped yesterday. 45 buckets. Hoping tomorrow and the next day work favorably for a weekend boil

  7. #787
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    So excited for these temps. My first year, I have never been so excited for 40 degree temps. I have tubing going to some clear gallon jugs, which will be fun to see fill up, with taps and tubes on the other trees going to 5 gallon buckets.

    Do the trees continue to run overnight when the temperature does not fall back below freezing? Forecast is for it to stay above freezing from now until tomorrow night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richmaple1 View Post
    Do the trees continue to run overnight when the temperature does not fall back below freezing?
    Yes. Have fun! That first run is exhilarating!

    GO
    2016: First year. Homemade evaporator out of little woodburning stove with steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 galls syrup
    2017: Same little 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!) Downsized to 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.

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    Ran home on my lunch break and fired up my vacuum system for the first time ever. Let's hope it goes well!

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    I went out chasing leaks before lunch. What a pain in the butt! lol And that is only with 160+ taps on the system, can't imagine 1000's. Anyway, three connectors pulled apart. Apparently empty lines act different when in the single digits than lines with sap in them. Constricted more and pulled apart when full? Hope that doesn't continue to be a problem, lucky to be home today to discover it. Hung a couple dozen buckets down by my milk tank on the flat ground today too.

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    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    2012: Converted the flat pan to continuous flow. 33 buckets. 9.5 gallons made
    2015: New to me Lapierre 18x60 raised flue, new shack, new everything!! 59 taps 23.75 gallons made
    2016: 85 taps 19 gallons
    2017: Purchased 2.5 acres and tubed half with 3/16. 145 taps total 49.25 gallons made
    2018: 200 taps. 162 on 3/16ths 38 on buckets
    www.wnybass.com

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