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  1. #161
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    Running like hell right now!
    Second generation sap rat.

    Started taking over in 2012
    2012-2016: 300 buckets 120 on gravity tubing. Waterloo 2x10 wood fired. Averaged 105 gallons per season.
    2017: hoping for 300 on 3/16 with Shurflo and 50 buckets. New used 4x14 Algier wood fired cooker. 180 gallons of syrup

    2018: 300 on vacuum 2 buckets, finally got a splitter!

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    How did everybody in western Wi end up? We were able to make a little more than 1/2 gallon a tap for the first time but I feel that our flavor was off more than usual. I really expected the last few day's of the season to go south but now that I'm bottling some of the earlier stuff, it just doesn't seem to have the strong maple flavor that past years have had. Curious to hear from the more experienced sugar makers to see if they noticed anything different this year.

  3. #163
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    We did good here. About .6gpt. Flavor at the end was different, but everyone who tasted it liked it.
    Second generation sap rat.

    Started taking over in 2012
    2012-2016: 300 buckets 120 on gravity tubing. Waterloo 2x10 wood fired. Averaged 105 gallons per season.
    2017: hoping for 300 on 3/16 with Shurflo and 50 buckets. New used 4x14 Algier wood fired cooker. 180 gallons of syrup

    2018: 300 on vacuum 2 buckets, finally got a splitter!

  4. #164
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    Is this thing on?

    Looks like I'll try to get taps in Saturday morning. Been replacing drops and shooting tree rats this week. Been hearing reports of some guys collecting not far from here. Happy the next couple days are gonna be cold while I finish getting ready.

    Ten day looks pretty good after it warms up. Hope everyone is drowning in sap sooner than we know it.
    Second generation sap rat.

    Started taking over in 2012
    2012-2016: 300 buckets 120 on gravity tubing. Waterloo 2x10 wood fired. Averaged 105 gallons per season.
    2017: hoping for 300 on 3/16 with Shurflo and 50 buckets. New used 4x14 Algier wood fired cooker. 180 gallons of syrup

    2018: 300 on vacuum 2 buckets, finally got a splitter!

  5. #165
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    I put in 17 taps around the house in town today, so trees are getting the benefit of sun bouncing off buildings and street. Three were dripping, 1 sugar maple and two reds. Mostly just want to get a start at it, more tapping in country, probably tomorrow through weekend. I keep hearing there's no frost, although I haven't actually checked myself. Most trees show the root collar, so maybe they loosen up soon. Dave Evenson

  6. #166
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    Hopefully it is on. Close to 1100 tapped, be done tomorrow tapping. Easier tapping without 36+ inches of snow on ground. Running today but not gang busters, woods are still cold. Good luck to everyone.

    Sap Hauler
    -1996 Ford F250
    -2003 Yamaha Grizzly 660
    2016 Year:About 925 Taps on 3/16
    2015 Year:About 775 Taps
    2014 Year:About 270 Taps
    2013 Year:About 265 Taps
    2012 Year:About 200 Taps
    2011 Year:About 200 Taps
    2010 Year:About 65 Taps

  7. #167
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    They are running. Hopefully after this system that passes through today they I’ll let loose. Sitting on 2000 gallons so far. Weekend looks great.

    Sap Hauler
    -1996 Ford F250
    -2003 Yamaha Grizzly 660
    2016 Year:About 925 Taps on 3/16
    2015 Year:About 775 Taps
    2014 Year:About 270 Taps
    2013 Year:About 265 Taps
    2012 Year:About 200 Taps
    2011 Year:About 200 Taps
    2010 Year:About 65 Taps

  8. #168
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    Ran good Friday for a few hours, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Very productive weekend. Finishing up the last of the sap I brought in yesterday right now. Ready to reset and do it again.
    Second generation sap rat.

    Started taking over in 2012
    2012-2016: 300 buckets 120 on gravity tubing. Waterloo 2x10 wood fired. Averaged 105 gallons per season.
    2017: hoping for 300 on 3/16 with Shurflo and 50 buckets. New used 4x14 Algier wood fired cooker. 180 gallons of syrup

    2018: 300 on vacuum 2 buckets, finally got a splitter!

  9. #169
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    Trees are running on these short days. Looks like snow end of week then a couple frozen days. Season so far has been good. Only pumped 400 gallons of sap on ground last Friday, pump line came apart at fitting, so gave it back. Bummed me right out. Just about to1/4 gallon of syrup per tap today for season so far. Woods are still snowy and ice on bare ground.

    Sap Hauler
    -1996 Ford F250
    -2003 Yamaha Grizzly 660
    2016 Year:About 925 Taps on 3/16
    2015 Year:About 775 Taps
    2014 Year:About 270 Taps
    2013 Year:About 265 Taps
    2012 Year:About 200 Taps
    2011 Year:About 200 Taps
    2010 Year:About 65 Taps

  10. #170
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    Been a great season here so far also. I'm not keeping good enough track of sap, but I figure where close to half a crop. Maybe a little better even. It ran great yesterday and again today. I was out there an hour ago and it was still running hard.
    Second generation sap rat.

    Started taking over in 2012
    2012-2016: 300 buckets 120 on gravity tubing. Waterloo 2x10 wood fired. Averaged 105 gallons per season.
    2017: hoping for 300 on 3/16 with Shurflo and 50 buckets. New used 4x14 Algier wood fired cooker. 180 gallons of syrup

    2018: 300 on vacuum 2 buckets, finally got a splitter!

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