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  1. #21
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    Default OH my what a boil.

    this first boil of the year has been a train wreck. First my hood fan motor died just after hitting full boil. So I dug around and found a spare. Swapped that out. then once I got up and running again I found that for some reason now I am getting a ton of condensation where I never got condensation in the past and had water running out of the steam flue into the syrup pan. So I pitched a whole bunch of sweet. cleaned up, and then made gutters for it. FINALLY have a little syrup. hopefully this takes care of gremlins for at least a while LOL

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    I hope it gets cold enough for you to save it!

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    Hey Dogpatch. has the water gone down enough to cross?

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    Yes it has. There was an ice jam downstream that let loose. Water dropped 2-3 feet, enough to let me cross with my Ranger. After all that , the sap had stopped running with the cold weather. Oh well today should be better.

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    good deal!

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    Had a great run yesterday. 129 gallons from 100taps on buckets. One tree gave 9 gallons. Put the new homemade RO to work. So now we can reduce water by 30 gallons between cooking and RO. This really changes how much time I have to cook.
    2019
    7th year making sugar
    115 taps first year on vac

    2x4 Flat pan.
    Homemade RO 4x21XLE
    Shurflo 4048 pump

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    Having a great run here too. 150 gal. on 82 taps on 2 different days. 2% sugar which is better than last year's average of 1.7.

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    That's great dogpatch. Our trees have been running higher suger as well. Silvers 2-2.2% and sugars 2-3% . That just means more golden delicious for all!
    2019
    7th year making sugar
    115 taps first year on vac

    2x4 Flat pan.
    Homemade RO 4x21XLE
    Shurflo 4048 pump

  9. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by TreeTapper2 View Post
    Had a great run yesterday. 129 gallons from 100taps on buckets. One tree gave 9 gallons. Put the new homemade RO to work. So now we can reduce water by 30 gallons between cooking and RO. This really changes how much time I have to cook.
    good deal! I shall have one some day! ( RO that is)
    It looks like a big week coming our way!

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    it is running better than I expected today! how about you guys? Also the sur-flo is kicking butt!

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