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  1. #1
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    Default 2018 Season

    Here's to another year starting in Illinois.
    With the warm up we have had and its continueing for another week or so I am strongly considering tapping. Possibly start tonight and finish tomorrow night. Looks like a weeks worth of possible flow and then a short lull before things really take off. Long term weather shows things lining up around February 20th for northern Illinois.

    Anyone else going to take the plunge or waiting for a bit?

    Happy tapping to all. Looks to be a long season ahead, let's just hope that it is.
    2018 100 taps 1443 gal of sap, 27 gal syrup
    2017 70 taps 9 gal syrup had issues
    2016 70 taps 399 gal
    2015 49 taps 551 gal of sap, 10 gal syrup
    2014 30 taps 302 gal of sap, 6 gal syrup.
    2013 30 taps 530 gal of sap, 8 gal of syrup

    2x4 Flat pan.
    Homemade block evaporator
    2-55gal barrels for storage
    Homemade RO 4x21XLE

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    I have been fixing tree rat damage and moving some of my lines. Hope to tap around 100 this year. Wife and I are heading south during the first week of Feb. I plan on waiting until around the 11th to get going. Hope I don't miss too much. Good sugaring everyone.

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    I did start tapping today because last year by the end of February the season was close to over. Nothing was flowing in my trees today but over the next few days conditions look good for some flow.
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons

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    100 taps in. Pulled in 90 gals if sap. Boiled some last night after doing last minute work on the arch. Had an issue with the stack plugging up at the base.....flames bursting out the front door. When I built the top part of the block arch I used mesh to hold the flue collar. Well that plugged up in an hour .....seems pine is a big soot maker. Had let the fire go down, pull the chimney, and smash the mesh out. All is well now. Should finish cooking tonight.
    Anyone else making syrup yet?
    2018 100 taps 1443 gal of sap, 27 gal syrup
    2017 70 taps 9 gal syrup had issues
    2016 70 taps 399 gal
    2015 49 taps 551 gal of sap, 10 gal syrup
    2014 30 taps 302 gal of sap, 6 gal syrup.
    2013 30 taps 530 gal of sap, 8 gal of syrup

    2x4 Flat pan.
    Homemade block evaporator
    2-55gal barrels for storage
    Homemade RO 4x21XLE

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    I'm collecting but not boiling yet. Will finish up the arch and new plumbing into the kitchen this week. Haven't collected much due to the squirrel damage. Still working on those leaks.
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons

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    No taps for me yet. Going to wait until Feb. I have put the hurt on the squirrel population and will continue to for another week or so.

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    Hope everyone is getting ready. This week looks like some good runs.
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons

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    Started today. It is a challenge with knee deep snow on frozen slopes. Some of the trees were starting to run but most were not. Hope to get done by Friday. I spent as much time sliding down the hill as I did tapping. Looks like I need some kind of clamp on ice cleats.

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    Finished tapping today. Ended up with 82. The most I have done. I am letting the lines flush. Will start collecting tomorrow.

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    I have 80 tapped. I spent today sanitizing in the shack. down here it has been a slow drool for a run. It lasted longer than I expected but not much quantity. I did not even collect tonight. although I had expected to boil. I am going to check barrels and buckets in the morning and if I still do not have to boil I think I am going to run some more 3/16
    and the big bonus only 15 buckets!! Several in town tree owners have started letting me run lines. 65 of the tapped trees are in back yards. that was a lot of 5 gal buckets carried to the street from the back yards in the past!
    Last edited by prairietapper; 02-15-2018 at 07:18 PM.

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