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    Default Eastern Ontario 2018

    I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler temperatures these last few weeks, and using the time to recharge in preparation for what we can all hope is another great season. I know I'm enjoying the cold and the snow and our bush looks great right now with a nice thick blanket on it. That should help to keep things cool and prolong the season.

    Here's wishing everyone a few more weeks of respite, then another wonderful maple season.

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    My thick blanket has gotten awful thin... with the lack of snow having snowmobile trails closed, been looking at whipping together a 2’x4’ Davy Jones type arch for our 2018 season! On parental leave so have a little extra time on hands... but not much, little monsters keep you busy!

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    Hey everyone... I live in renfrew Ontario... just going to throw this out there.... looking for a good used hobby reverse osmosis...let me know if your selling or upgrading. Hoping to find a 250 gph. Hope everyone had a great season
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    2013 - 385 taps, new 2' x 6'
    2014 - 600 taps, new 7" short bank filter press

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    Just curious if any has tapped their trees yet with warm spell? I had mine out the 3rd week of Feb last year but this warmth makes menwonder if im missing the first of the season....

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    Quote Originally Posted by butler View Post
    Hey everyone... I live in renfrew Ontario... just going to throw this out there.... looking for a good used hobby reverse osmosis...let me know if your selling or upgrading. Hoping to find a 250 gph. Hope everyone had a great season
    613-762-0217.
    Have you considered building your own? I just ordered everything for a much smaller unit but I thinknyou could scale up to the size you want pretty easily. I'm guessing you could build a 250gph for a couple grand.

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    Hi there Eastern Ontario!!
    It's been a strange few years for the trees. The drought in 2016, then the flooding of 2017.. my trees are a bit stressed to say the least.. hoping for a fruitful season come 2018!
    Have to admit, a few of our more luscious maples are looking a bit apprehensive, had fewer leaves last summer and a few noticeable dead limbs.. hoping they are not spooked
    Here's to a great year!
    2 acres of sugar maples. Woodburning arch with small evaporator and propane burners with steamer pans Year 5.

    2015 - 35 taps on 30 trees. 1556 L sap and 44L syrup!
    2016 - 42 taps on 40 trees. 2274 L sap and 64L syrup!
    2017 - 37 taps on 36 trees. 1573 L sap and 47L syrup!
    2018 - 33 taps on 32 trees. 2314 L sap and 53L syrup!
    2019 - 30 taps on 29 trees. 1640L sap and 51 L syrup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmichel View Post
    Just curious if any has tapped their trees yet with warm spell? I had mine out the 3rd week of Feb last year but this warmth makes menwonder if im missing the first of the season....

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    Well, last year was by far the earliest I've ever tapped and yes, it was the right thing to do as the expected April Tsap Tsunami never happened :-( SO far most of this part of the province is far too cold, you need a prolonged warm spell. A day or two or warm weather is not nearly enough. Whereabouts you located?

    ETA: Lesley, good on you for noticing that some of your trees are showing signs of stress. I also had much less foliage, or at least much smaller leaves, this year on all my trees - I think only Surprise, my bush maple, looked relatively healthy and vigourous.

    Personally I am going to try holding off til first week of March, but if the temps keep bombing up and down like have so far all winter, I may not tap at all.
    Last edited by Galena; 02-01-2018 at 08:24 PM.
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio

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    Hi all, just checking in, got a new setup for the year Late spring last year I started a barrel evaporator, its not completely done yet, but pretty close. I plan on putting it in the forest and spending my weekends boiling away with the kids. The last year has been a huge change for me, I have never felt better, I have lost 150 lbs and can do so much more now, cant wait to start tapping with the kids this year.
    Last edited by BrutemanAl; 02-04-2018 at 08:16 AM.
    2018 28 tree's, 32 taps... 1206 L collected, 19.6 L Finished
    2017 14 trees, 16 taps... for now 465.5 L collected, 10.5 L Finished
    2016 26 trees, 38 taps... for now 675 L sap so far, 10.5 L finished product
    2015 7 Trees, 7 Buckets
    2014 13 Trees,9 Buckets,5 Water Cooler Bottles,1 Turkey Fryer,ended up with 12 L syrup,light to very dark color
    2013 9 Trees ,13 taps and buckets,1 Turkey Deep Fryer,Close to 15 L of syrup , light to dark color

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrutemanAl View Post
    ... The last year has been a huge change for me, I have never felt better, I have lost 150 lbs and can do so much more now, cant wait to start tapping with the kids this year.
    Wow, Al! That amount of weight loss is awesome, and will help you keep up with the boys ;-) Here's to a great season for you :-)
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio

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