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  1. #71
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    Collected 220 gallons these past two days. Saturday surprised me, it was around 35-36 degrees, overcast and a stiff breeze and it ran well.
    200 taps on buckets
    Almost all red maples
    2x5 Lapierre raised flue

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    Brought in another 1000 gallons today, puts us over 7000 from 900 taps. No complaints.
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  3. #73
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    The sap is running in Oxford. I collected 150 gallons today which I am boiling down as I text this message. The sap is clear and 3%. Life is good. So far we have bottled 6 gallons of Golden Looks like a good season shaping up006FF47C-3048-493E-ABA8-A892BC18B502.jpg

    2014: 200 taps
    2015: 246 taps
    2016: 250+ taps
    2017: 300 taps
    2018: 300 taps, enough is enough
    Drop lines and buckets
    2 X 6 raised flue evaporator
    12 X 16' sugar shack
    Sugar and red maples

  4. #74
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    Had my best day a couple of days ago- 31 gallons on 25 taps. Yesterday another 25 gallons. I'm flirting with my sap processing limits but between my 72k BTU burner and steam pans on my kitchen stove, I can push 3-4 gallons per hour so I'm not complaining. My carbon footprint is definitely high- 72k BTU propane burner, 1800W induction cooktop, 1000W bucket heater stick, 4x standard residential propane stove burners, 20W heat belt to keep my propane tanks from freezing up...

    Next year- double the tap count and add RO.

  5. #75
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    Sap ran good the last 3 days, just cleaned up the last of it tonight. Niter build up was unreal, started with a spotless pan and ended up reversing flow so I could finish with a little peace of mind. Have some bottling to do now doesn’t look like there’ll be any good runs for a bit.
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  6. #76
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    Collected 180 gallons on Monday and probably still have a hundred more to collect but this storm is going to make it pretty hard all my 125 buckets on tubing are road side and the heater banks are over my head ! to date I have 12 and 1/2 gallon bottled
    My work let us out early so me and my wife sat down to the shack and boiled down 50 gallons.
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    100 taps on tubes in 5 gallon buckets
    15-20 gallons a year for family and friends

  7. #77
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    Sounds like a similar operation to what I have Lukie. I have a myriad of buckets on red maples and drop lines to 5 gallon pails for the big sugar maples. 13 gallons of Golden Delicate so far

    2014: 200 taps
    2015: 246 taps
    2016: 250+ taps
    2017: 300 taps
    2018: 300 taps, enough is enough
    Drop lines and buckets
    2 X 6 raised flue evaporator
    12 X 16' sugar shack
    Sugar and red maples

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    Decided to go see what was going on at the sap house at around 3:30. Found 100 gallons in the tank and it was trying to run hard... but the wet line was still frozen up and many of my branch lines weren't letting any sap through since they had sections under snow. It was a long afternoon of shoveling. I'm looking real smart now moving the mainlines down and tapping the trees lower since its a low snowpack year. At last count I had 400 gallons of sap - about a half gallon per tap - in spite of it all. Hopefully everything thaws out tomorrow!
    Steven Abbott
    800+ taps on check valves with 25"Hg running right to the sap house.
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    Half mile hike to and from the sap house every day. Sometimes 2 or 3 times.
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  9. #79
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    We got maybe 30-40 gallons yesterday. Today may be big, but we'll see... Just collecting a few buckets yesterday was like an arctic expedition, so stomping down the mainlines will be really fun. I think I'll do that Friday for my exercise! We're saving sap so that we can boil on Saturday all day and keep the evap warm. It will be a great thing to do on a chilly day!
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  10. #80
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    Quote Originally Posted by Revi View Post
    We got maybe 30-40 gallons yesterday. Today may be big, but we'll see... Just collecting a few buckets yesterday was like an arctic expedition, so stomping down the mainlines will be really fun. I think I'll do that Friday for my exercise! We're saving sap so that we can boil on Saturday all day and keep the evap warm. It will be a great thing to do on a chilly day!
    I was surprised to see 50 gallons come down the mainline around 4-5pm yesterday. It's running decent today though, report from my father was 175 gallons at 4pm from the 355 taps. It stays a little chillier in my neck of the woods though, so it may shut down sooner than I'd like.
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