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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsudz View Post
    Seems the forecasts have been changing. Planed on tapping the tubing on Wednesday and hanging buckets friday and saturday. now their calling for high thirty's for latter in the week. I still have lots to do to be ready to boil so maybe i'll start next weekend. We have near Knee deep snow and still very cold today. Still have to put rig back together,finish RO rebuild,wash 2 tanks, set tank for permeate,maybe build a closet for RO to keep the noise down in the shanty. Almost sounds like I didn't think spring was coming this year, happens every year. Was just to cold to do all the work after work this winter. Best of luck this season.
    The National Weather Service is still saying 41º, 49º, 46º and 41º for Wednesday thru Saturday still. My project today is to slide my tank down the hill and try to get that set up. I just went out to brush the snow off it, and that's as far as I got. lol Gonna let it warm up into the teens before I proceed.
    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    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) New NextGen RO 63 gallons made
    2019: 210 taps 73.5 gallons made
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    I will start tapping Monday/Tuesday in Rochester.

    Chris
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    1300 taps all on vac.
    2 by 8 Lapierre all stanless evaporator
    Steam Hood
    Lapierre 250 Turbo R.O.
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    30 years experience

  3. #13
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    Well, I had the itch and went all today and did all my tapping. Come on mother nature.
    New Holland 4055
    John Deere Gator 825
    500 on vacuum
    2x6 mason
    My helpers
    1 wife that likes me out of the house. LOL
    New 20x24 Sugar Shack 2019

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    I'm holding off I guess. The highs came way down and only one night above freezing now. Biggest factor was the wind though. History has told me not much happens on my trees when the wind blows on the first warm-up or two. It will allow me to get more ready outside if I wait.
    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    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) New NextGen RO 63 gallons made
    2019: 210 taps 73.5 gallons made
    www.wnybass.com

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    I came very very close to tapping today. Just couldn't do it with the weather coming up. Seeing I am still an outdoor "stars are my roof" boiler, I didn't see anything after mid day tomorrow that looked like I wanted to be outside doing that with the high winds and the rain. Combined with Accuweather.com showing 13 days straight of nothing above freezing from Sunday on I didn't want everything sitting idle for that long. I'll be ready for the next warm-up though!

    I did spend some time today snugging up my newly installed tubing lines, got the tank washed out and hooked up the pump to see if it pumps up to my barn from where it is (slowly, but it does) and dug the fire pit out of the snow. Probably should have got the pan set up but it won't take too long to throw that on when the time comes.
    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    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) New NextGen RO 63 gallons made
    2019: 210 taps 73.5 gallons made
    www.wnybass.com

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    Started tapping today. It was running as I was tapping. Shut down later when the wind and snow kicked in. Got maybe 25% tapped.

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    Better than expected from 30 trees on about 1200 feet of 5/16. Running like it had a pump on it when I got home. Yeah!

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    Nice shaggy. I didn't check mine today but since it was snowing and no sun I doubt that it ran
    FIRST GENERATION SUGARMAKER
    First boil 2/22/2012! Went Pefect!
    3,500' of laterals
    1,000' of mainline
    2012 - 105 taps on gravity, 12 sap sacks.
    2013 - 175 taps on gravity, 25 on sacks = 200 taps for 2013! Second year.
    2014 - 250 taps on gravity, 25 on sacks
    Tapped on February 16, 2014
    2015 - adding vac sap puller no more gravity for me!
    275 gallon holding tank for 2014
    20'x30' Sugarhouse

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    I finished tapping on Tuesday. Started to run some yesterday by about 3:00. Tank is all clean collecting sap now. 8 hours fixing leaks yesterday and now the rest of today.
    Tim Whitens
    Willow Creek Farm
    Fulton, NY

    2850 on vacuum, 3hp 3ph Busch pump, 2567 Gast
    30X8 Leader oil-fired evap. w/ steamaway
    Airablo 1000 RO
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    Curious as to how the sap flowed the last couple of days, temps ok but the winds were bad. I have not tapped yet, next week I will probably tap. This gives time to get roof,windows and door on sugar house, just finished the rafters today. Will Need at least a week to be ready to boil, I hate the cold temps but they are saving my butt this year. Besides tomorrow the ten day does not show a day above 29 f. It is definitely going to be short season here unless it stays cold into the first two weeks of April.
    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!!

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