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  1. #21
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    I always tap too early then have to wait but this year im waiting. Just got the back hoe out yesterday and moved 6 foot snowbanks from around sugar shack. I want to wash some tanks today when it warms up. 10 day for us looks cold with just a few days above freezing. If the weather holds to the forecast i wont tap until 3/7/14. The nice thing about my little operation is i can set up the vacuum and releaser and tap in all my taps in 8 hours by myself.
    2018 217 Taps on vacuum
    Smokylake 2X6 pan set with auto drawoff
    Homebuilt 2 4x40 membrane RO
    Homebuilt filter press
    Rebuilt arch with under and over the fire air we have named V 2.0
    Smokylake steam bottler
    Hoods and preheater
    500 gallon vertical polytank to store sap for RO
    Adding a laser eye to my bottler for autofill/stop

  2. #22
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    Waiting until March 7th to start tapping at Woodpecker Lodge in Scio. Everything is frozen solid and 10 day forecast calls for highs of 22 the first week of March.

  3. #23
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    Yeah, we are waiting as well to at least March 7th as well. Hope the weather turns around pretty soon. Getting itchy to boil....
    220 Taps
    2x6 Home made
    Sap Shack 20x20
    5 Shurflo diaphragm pumps
    250 GPH Deer run RO

  4. #24
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    Same here, heck I cut firewood for the house today, exhausted my yearly supply already. This winter may never end! I was hoping for at least 20 and sunny for a couple of days to finish my new sugar shack. This is going to a weird season. My friend saw long term forecast and it does not call for forty until March 12 th. Wasn't the season just about done mid march a couple years ago. Mother Nature is a fickle woman.
    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!!

  5. #25
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    My target date is March 7th as well. Fishing like a madman until then.
    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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    -12.8 degrees and falling at 5 am. Last day of February ? Or January?
    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!!

  7. #27
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    We're waiting until next weekend to tap also. If it's not above freezing the sap isn't going to flow.

  8. #28
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    Still looks like the 7th here but I think the trees are also sick of waiting. I stuck a test tap in today to watch while working around the shack around 2:00pm it started to drip a drop every other second. It was in the sun but it was only 21 degrees thought this to be odd. Its a good thing I don't have one of those little glass releasers or I may have seen how it liked 27 inches of vacuum.
    2018 217 Taps on vacuum
    Smokylake 2X6 pan set with auto drawoff
    Homebuilt 2 4x40 membrane RO
    Homebuilt filter press
    Rebuilt arch with under and over the fire air we have named V 2.0
    Smokylake steam bottler
    Hoods and preheater
    500 gallon vertical polytank to store sap for RO
    Adding a laser eye to my bottler for autofill/stop

  9. #29
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    finger lakes NY
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    question:
    I have to pull taps on April 6 no matter what. So, can I tap now knowing that there is only 6 weeks until my personal sap season ends? No warm weather forecast for another week but tomorrow would be a really convenient day to set my 25 taps. Thanks!

  10. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maplemonkey View Post
    question:
    I have to pull taps on April 6 no matter what. So, can I tap now knowing that there is only 6 weeks until my personal sap season ends? No warm weather forecast for another week but tomorrow would be a really convenient day to set my 25 taps. Thanks!
    A lot of sap will run in one months time.
    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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