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  1. #521
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    Gathering whatever is out there tomorrow. Yeah it might be done
    2239 total taps. 443 gravity line, 1806 buckets

    3x12 remake of a Small Bros. Lightning evaporator.
    3x9 Darveau raised flue pan, 3x3 D&G reversible finishing pan.
    Reist arch

    94 Argo 8x8 Magnum
    06 Argo 8x8 Avenger with a 100 US gal. poly tank in the back.
    30 - 45 Imperial gallon gathering station barrels
    1200 Imperial gallons in holding tanks
    Husqvarna 61
    Husqvarna 365

  2. #522
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    I’m hoping for a few more runs, we have snow on the ground again, so it looks promising, although the 14 day forecast doesn’t.....
    2x6 Waterloo pan on an antique Piette & Fils arch

    2019 - 60 buckets, 85L of syrup, 2x4 pan outside
    2020 - 100 buckets, 80L of syrup, 2x6 pan in a Redi Rack Shack
    2021 - proper sugar shack and and RO maybe...

  3. #523
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    Had a small run yesterday will be headed out to collect and boil soon. Could get a bit of a run today as temps climb back up after last night but the long term is not looking great for me area either. Keep our fingers crossed that we will get a few more runs for 2020
    2017- first year 80 taps 22x36 home made arch and pan. Plus outside steamer pan setup.

    2018- ???taps same arch. New 8x12 sugar shack with additional 4 feet being added. Plan on setting up 2 gravity lines plus buckets. Prob around 100 taps

    2019- 85 taps 55l syrup

    2020- taps? Still tapping. New 4x2 foot pan plus 1x2 pre heat pan. New homemade arch. 6x12 addition added to the shack.

  4. #524
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    Mapleton Twp, SW Ontario
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    1st year with a RO for me... I am very pleased with its performance.... Almost too good... Boiled down about 1000 L of 10% concentrate on the weekend... Maybe 7 hours on Saturday and a couple hours on Sunday..... No 24 hour shifts and got a good sleep each night, which is great... but I just didn't quite get my fill of the sugar shack, yet.. I typically "move in" there for a few days at a time.... Guessing we'll have one more boil this year, but it will be quick if I run it through the RO. I guess I will need to tap more trees next year...

    PS - I didn't even get to help with the bottling this year, so far..... Which is typically my job... Both of my boys are home from work, due to Covid shutdowns.... They helped my wife clean the bottling all up before I got home from work, yesterday...
    Last edited by wmick; 03-24-2020 at 09:06 AM.

  5. #525
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    So yesterday’s total was 80g ish for my 120 taps. That’s .67gpt. We needed a few more degrees of heat. Today things have unfrozen early and looks like it might be a good day if they continue all day to run. I’ll post how today was as I transferred all my sap storages at around 6 am
    2017- first year 80 taps 22x36 home made arch and pan. Plus outside steamer pan setup.

    2018- ???taps same arch. New 8x12 sugar shack with additional 4 feet being added. Plan on setting up 2 gravity lines plus buckets. Prob around 100 taps

    2019- 85 taps 55l syrup

    2020- taps? Still tapping. New 4x2 foot pan plus 1x2 pre heat pan. New homemade arch. 6x12 addition added to the shack.

  6. #526
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    Well I collected about 100g from yesterday till around 12 this afternoon. I’ll take it
    2017- first year 80 taps 22x36 home made arch and pan. Plus outside steamer pan setup.

    2018- ???taps same arch. New 8x12 sugar shack with additional 4 feet being added. Plan on setting up 2 gravity lines plus buckets. Prob around 100 taps

    2019- 85 taps 55l syrup

    2020- taps? Still tapping. New 4x2 foot pan plus 1x2 pre heat pan. New homemade arch. 6x12 addition added to the shack.

  7. #527
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    decent flow today, but looks slow until maybe friday, or next tuesday, then looks OK for a few days......fingers crossed!
    2x6 Waterloo pan on an antique Piette & Fils arch

    2019 - 60 buckets, 85L of syrup, 2x4 pan outside
    2020 - 100 buckets, 80L of syrup, 2x6 pan in a Redi Rack Shack
    2021 - proper sugar shack and and RO maybe...

  8. #528
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    Forecast here doesn't show anything below zero for over a week.... and then only down to -1. Anyone seeing signs of budding? With a full week of positive temperatures on the way,....?
    RO'd 800L last night... I'm noticing the sap getting darker... Hope I'm wrong, but I fear this weekend may be the end of it for me...... Hope there's a decent jag of sap flow between today and tomorrow.

  9. #529
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    Very strange hobby I have to admit , 3 days of perfect sap weather-1/-2 at night plus 5 ish during the day and very little sap flow . Started to think that maybe my holes were getting old and starting to dry out. To test that idea I drilled a few new holes and hung a couple pails just to test , nope fresh holes still had next to no sap . Ohhh well maybe tomorrow.
    2014 100 taps 65 l of syurp
    2015 50 taps 20 l of syurp
    2016 150 taps, 160 l of syurp made
    2017 plan is 150 taps , and will see what happens
    2018 200 tap , 25 on my first 3/16 gravity system, 250 of syrup
    2019 250 taps , all on 3/16 with 12 volt diagram pump ( 300 l of syrup)
    2020 same 250 taps , time to make a small ro unit

  10. #530
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    I am getting yellowish sap from a few buckets, but most is still clear. Strangely, I have a couple trees that have two buckets each, one producing clear, the other yellow...

    Nothing below zero in the 14 day forecast now, we may be done for this year.
    2x6 Waterloo pan on an antique Piette & Fils arch

    2019 - 60 buckets, 85L of syrup, 2x4 pan outside
    2020 - 100 buckets, 80L of syrup, 2x6 pan in a Redi Rack Shack
    2021 - proper sugar shack and and RO maybe...

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