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    how is everyones season going in the great white north??

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    It's been a verry slow season to put it mildly. The weather has either been too cold (everything frozen solid for a week) or too warm (standing around in T-shirts). I've got 100 taps and have so far made 14 L. (2 small boils In 4 weeks) Last year we made well over 60L. I think those on a vacume system are doing ok, but for those of us on old school dripping, were getting our buckets kicked. (pun intended) Anyway, we are at the mercy of mother nature and it's out of our hands.

    2013 - 25 taps (20L of syrup)
    2014 - 40 taps (22L of syrup)
    2015 - 60 taps and a new 2x3 pan (25L of syrup)
    2016 - 90 taps and a brick lined oil tank arch (60L of syrup)
    2017 - 100 taps (14L of syrup so far)

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    I hear you on the being at the mercy of mother nature northwood!!...Seems it is either too hot or too cold. This weekend looks like beach weather, if the ice was off the lake..lol...As far as sap goes, this is our first year doing it, just selling sap to a buddy. Decided to try a 50 tap trial on 3/16, 2 lines of 25 taps. It seems to work as advertised on here. 1 line is constantly running at 17" of vac, the other around 21". As of last night we were at about 39 litres of sap/tap. Here's hoping the trees dont bud in this heat wave and we can get a few more decent runs....

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    Well this was the run we've been hoping for. The taps oppened up Friday night and ran beautifuly through the week end. Boiled all day Sunday and still have some in reserve. Averaged over 1.5 gallons per tap. Some buckets overflowed by mid day on Saturday. Still 8-10 inches of mushy snow cover, as well as a couple nights at -2 -3, so might get a little more sap this week.
    If anybody has a sap surplus, I would be glad to take it your hands.

    2013 - 25 taps (20L of syrup)
    2014 - 40 taps (22L of syrup)
    2015 - 60 taps and a new 2x3 pan (25L of syrup)
    2016 - 90 taps and a brick lined oil tank arch (60L of syrup)
    2017 - 100 taps (14L of syrup so far)

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    It's been a great week for sap. We had good flow on Tuesday and Wednesday despite the cool overcast conditions. Looks like the evaporator will get a good workout over the Easter week end. Last week ends syrup was heavy with nitre but a great flavour (dark amber)
    Sounds like the southern part of sugar country is in clean up mode and planing for next season. Glad to hear most of you had good runs late in the season. How's everyone else in the north doing?

    2013 - 25 taps (20L of syrup)
    2014 - 40 taps (22L of syrup)
    2015 - 60 taps and a new 2x3 pan (25L of syrup)
    2016 - 90 taps and a brick lined oil tank arch (60L of syrup)
    2017 - 100 taps (14L of syrup so far)

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    Tapped out yesterday. Was really impressed with our numbers on 3/16th tubing, gathered 3250 litres of sap on 50 taps. Just sold the sap to a buddy, but it converted over to 71.2 litres of syrup, or 1.42 litres/tap. Weather here wasn't the greatest, lots of hot days without enough cold nights. Sap was still pouring outta the trees when we tapped out but the sugar content had fallen to around 1%

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    Hey lewichuk19, those are impressive numbers. I have a hard time reaching 0.75/tap on bucket. The sap ran realy good leading up to Easter week end. We filled our storage containers and boiled all day Friday, and a nice little run again yesterday. Boiled late into the night and the trees were still dripping slowly at 1:00am. Long range weather shows 2 nights below freezing this week end and that's it. Might get one more small boil and then pul the taps. The red maples have started to bud with the rain this morning so we only have a few more days.

    2013 - 25 taps (20L of syrup)
    2014 - 40 taps (22L of syrup)
    2015 - 60 taps and a new 2x3 pan (25L of syrup)
    2016 - 90 taps and a brick lined oil tank arch (60L of syrup)
    2017 - 100 taps (14L of syrup so far)

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    thanks northwood...i suggest if you have good slope you switch over to 3/16, the stuff is amazing. The only time that it wasnt running was when it was froze. Wasnt always running fast, but on days when the guys around here on buckets were getting nothing, i was still collecting. Was still running when i tapped out, but the guy that was buying the sap finished for the season, so there was no point in us continuing....

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