+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 46 123456789101121 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 460

Thread: Eastern Ontario 2015

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Live: Rideau Lakes. Tap: Beckwith. Ontario.
    Posts
    113

    Default Eastern Ontario 2015

    OK. So it's March and I didn't see a local 2015 thread yet so here it is!

    Can't believe the cold. Calling for around -20*C for 3 of the next 4 nights. Looking at the extended forecast makes me think 3 more weeks at least before our little operation taps in. I'm not sure what to think about the snow pack though. We have not had any thaws this winter. The snow has no base at all. I was out with the sled breaking trails and found that in some places I was spinning up leaves. So does this mean that when it starts it's going to go really fast? Frost seems to be deep. My front porch is heaved almost 4". Has never moved before. I really don't know what to think.

    Anyway, Just spent 10+ hours in the groomer making baby bottom smooth trails for any lucky snowmobilers who don't have to work tomorrow. Sled trails will die fast as soon as the temps get up during the day. The sun already seems strong. Base is really thin.

    Good luck to everyone. I think we're in for an interesting season...........

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Mallorytown Ontariio
    Posts
    163

    Default

    Yes definitely going to be a tough year. I got my bush roads plowed out this weekend and started tapping yesterday. Hard work i was in snow anywhere from knees to hips all afternoon.Looks like the weather has finally turned but your right still may be two weeks before it breaks.
    Greg Halladay
    Modified D&G 18" x 7' oil fired arch
    with 18"x 4' 5" drop flue back pan, and 18"x3' front pan, new 20' x 32' sugar house built in 2013, 375 taps in 2016 using a Sap Puller.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Sturgeon Falls
    Posts
    17

    Default

    Same situation here in Sturgeon Falls. Maybe 2ft of loose snow. Can't wait to start tapping figure 3,4th week of march.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Portland, Ontario
    Posts
    96

    Default

    Finished my roads yesterday. About 2 - 4ft of powder. I scraped down to the field grass with ease.

    Too cold at night.
    Batch boiling 100+ taps on my homemade AUF arch
    Family of 7 that puts syrup on everything

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Lanark, ON
    Posts
    2,396

    Default

    We got vacuum pumps out and the sugar camp mostly ready on the weekend. It warmed enough for us to get 500 taps in between Saturday and Sunday afternoon. We've got almost 3km of roads to open up so we've got a dozer coming later this week to plow for us. What would take the tractor several days will take the dozer a few hours.
    4,600 Taps on vacuum
    9,400 gallons storage
    3 tower CDL RO
    3.5'x14' Lapierre Force 5
    Twitter & Instagram: @ennismaple
    www.ennismaple.com

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    North Grenville
    Posts
    1,488

    Default

    Well I did inventory of all my pails, put aside old spiles cause I now have new shiny plastic blue spiles which will need a smaller hole, have everything all set to go, even snowshoes...but of course the weather ain't cooperating in my neck of the woods! I was a little astonished and dismayed to see someone has already hung up buckets on their trees...probably city folk just moved out to the country and they don't know better :-/
    Been tapping since 2008.
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave away about 170l, 30l snafu'd....23l total for me from approx 690l
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup
    2022 - 18 taps/8 trees....7 sugars 1 red due to #2 having surgery so had the season off....582l sap, 18.5l syrup
    2023 - 18 taps/8 trees...all sugars again. 807l sap, so far approx 14l syrup

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Campbellford, on
    Posts
    682

    Default

    It got up to 0 here today. Put in 60 taps on pipelines today. A couple were dripping a little.....was sure nice to see. Plan on putting the rest of my taps in this weekend. If you put any stock in the long range forecast then weather looks very promising
    Maple Rock Farm
    www.Maplerockfarm.ca
    400 taps on Vacuum
    18”x60” Lapierre propane evaporator with Smokey Lake auto draw off
    Homemade 3 post RO with MES membranes
    Ford TS110 tractor sap hauler

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    54

    Default

    Starting Saturday morning. 4 guys with gas drills should get them done in a reasonable amount of time.
    3x10 oil fired evaporator
    1300 vaccumm
    350 buckets

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    North Grenville
    Posts
    1,488

    Default

    Going to hold off til next early next week, want to make sure that the forecast really does pan out to be as good as it sounds. Meantime, not liking the sunny but frickin frigid -23 (-32 with windchill) Friday we have!!
    Been tapping since 2008.
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave away about 170l, 30l snafu'd....23l total for me from approx 690l
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup
    2022 - 18 taps/8 trees....7 sugars 1 red due to #2 having surgery so had the season off....582l sap, 18.5l syrup
    2023 - 18 taps/8 trees...all sugars again. 807l sap, so far approx 14l syrup

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Frankford, Ontario
    Posts
    1,047

    Default

    I'm planning on blowing the snow out of my trails on Saturday and tapping Sunday. The next 2 weeks look good for the Quinte area. Given the late start, not sure how long the season will last. I don't want to miss the early runs and it's unlikely now the holes will dry out before it gets too mild for good runs.
    Big_Eddy
    Eastern Ontario (Quinte)
    20+ years on a 2x3 block arch,
    Homemade 20"x64" drop flue since 2011

    Build a Block Arch
    Build a Flat Pan
    Build a Flue Pan
    Sweetening the Pans
    Build a Bending Brake
    Using a Hydrotherm
    How much Sap to Sweeten?

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 46 123456789101121 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts