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  1. #991
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    Boiled 80 gallons Saturday and another 55 on Sunday. 20 + hours!! have a bit under 5.5 gallons now at 40%. Should yield about 3 1/4 when finished and is in line with the 1.6% sap I got earlier in season Color looks about the same also ( medium Dark). Definitely need to upgrade pan for next year. Any suggestions for a guy with about 40 taps.
    2012.-2016 4-8 taps propane burner. Steam pan. 2- 3 quarts per year

    2017 12 taps. 50 gallon drum arch steam pan and a warmer. 1.5 gallons

    2018. Homemade arch 300 gallon oil drum 3 steam pans

    Webster New York

  2. #992
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    We have been froze up for quite a while now as well. Tried a couple of times turning on the vac pumps, got a little bit, but nothing to collect. Then night time drops down between 8-20 degrees and it never really thaws out till noon or early afternoon... Even this coming weekend doesn't look that great now. Really getting itchy to boil something... Had a heat lamp under the flu pans for a few days, but decided to drain the flu pan last weekend seeing the long range forecast.
    270 Taps
    2x6 Home made
    Sap Shack 20x20
    4 Shurflo diaphragm pumps

  3. #993
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waynehere View Post
    but decided to drain the flu pan last weekend seeing the long range forecast.
    Did you finish it off, or storing it?
    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

  4. #994
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    I've got sweet in the pans now for a week. It's been perfect temps for storage- there has been a 1/4 inch layer of ice on top but not fully froze up.

    Now if we could only get a run. I would like one or two more. I tapped in early to hit some of the early runs. Then I though i made a mistake. Now I think it was the right decision for me because the past 2 weeks have been fruitless. If I held off I wouldn't be anywhere near my level of production. I need to double check, but I am at around 7.5 gal/tap on gravity so far. Give me one more decent run and it would put me at an average year for sap. Not so much in terms of sugar....

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  5. #995
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    "framerjeff". I looked and searched all the options for a new pan this year and I decided to go with a badgerland pan (2x4 flat pan). You can order as just a straight flat pan or you have the option to add on the draw off port and thermometer port. I ordered mine with just the draw off port and the valve and shipped to my door in Greece it was $376. And the best part is there owned by Smoky Lake so you know it's good quality.
    2017 - 7 buckets and 2 steam pans
    2018 - 30 taps on 3/16 natural gravity. Home made 2x4 arch and a bagerland 2x4 flat pan

  6. #996
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    Quote Originally Posted by wnybassman View Post
    Did you finish it off, or storing it?
    Just storing it. Should be good with the cold temps. Just didn't want to keep the warm bulb on it that long as it would probably start to get stringy...
    270 Taps
    2x6 Home made
    Sap Shack 20x20
    4 Shurflo diaphragm pumps

  7. #997
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    Everything is slow but I have been getting sap in the low to mid 30s. Just something about that ice cold sap that I like. Boiling when it's snowing feels right. Still making amber.
    New for 2019 Smoky Lake 2x6 fuel-oil fired, raised flue, hoods, SSR
    Home-built auto draw off
    Home-built RO - single XLE 4040, PLC controlled
    20x20 garage converted to sugarhouse (in the city)
    200 taps, 100 on tubing 100 buckets
    https://www.facebook.com/flowercitymaplesyrup/

  8. #998
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    Not showing anything in forecast to think it's going to change until next Friday, highs around 40 ,maybe a run this weekend depending on what forecast I look at. No doubt a strange year here in why.
    2008 700 ranger xp sap hauler/45 hp 4x4 tractor/028 super stihl
    2x4 mason hobby/blower/new for 2014 smoky lake hybrid pan
    2014 300ish buckets and still need bigger evaporator/14 x 20 square log shack
    2015 2x6 drop flue phaneuf approx. 325 buckets, 1 year older, not sure about the smarter part ?
    gets expensive in a hurry!!

  9. #999
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    strange forsure,started making amber,then some dk today we made 66 gallons,61 was golden and yelp,snowing hard, 33 degrees ,sap running real good,hoping to make more delicate tomorrow

  10. #1000
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    At the onset of this cold snap I was thinking that were not quite halfway through the season. Now every day that passes with nothing moving I feel as though we are losing another day of the season, because you know once it turns around it will swing too much the other way. It was really starting to look good starting this weekend, but that seems to be all but gone now. Even the one warm day they are still calling for won't even thaw out the ice blocks in my tanks to get any sap out if it did run a little. On the bright side, in the 20 years I have been making syrup I have only gone into April once or twice. It sure looks like we will go into April this year............I hope!
    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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