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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by northwood View Post
    I put out 30 buckets on Sunday afternoon and all were dripping slow. looks like good weather through the week so I'll get the rest hung ASAP and hope for our first boil this weekend.
    Thanks for the update Northwood!
    Good luck with your season....
    2019 - 14 taps: 416 litres of sap / 15.25 litres of syrup
    2018 - 9 taps (309 litres) + a generous neighbour (114 litres): 423 litres of sap / 14.5 litres of syrup
    2017 - 4 taps: 55 litres of sap / 1.5 litres of syrup (just enough to get us hooked)

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    Woohoo, somebody opened the flood gates yesterday, the big trees in full sun have thawed and produced and looks like a decent couple days to come.
    Although next week's night temps. will be back to the deep freeze.
    Always works out great when ice fishing season ends just as sap season begins.

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    Well winter is back in the north but at least I was able to get 2.25 litres of niterless non filtered sweet gold before thýs 20+ cm dumping of snow and -15c nights.
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    Yea, the weather has been less than perfect to say the least. We also got hit with a about 15cm of snow and some pretty good drifts, as well as a -20 dip last night. Needless to say I won't be collecting any sap until maybe after the week end. I haven't had enough sap yet to fire up the arch.

    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 (60L)
    2018 - 60 taps (12L of syrup)

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    Looks like we're going from winter to summer up north so we'll see how the flow and budding goes in the upcoming weeks. Still a pile of snow that refuses to melt due to the layers of ice mixed in.
    Northwood are you going to fire up or give up?
    I have taps in West nippissing area very close to the lake and some in the Sudbury area and it seems that the trees are thawing at around the same rate as of last night's collection,
    Imanaged to get 27 gallons over the past week to boil down on my small operation today in the +14*C temps today.
    My trees at home in clay mix soil full all day sun have just started to thaw and run whereas my trees 3 kms away in sand and and on rock in full all day sun have been producing since late March, clay really prolongs things but the trees seem to grow really well in it

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    Weather near the soo sucks too!!..went from too cold to almost too hot in a hurry. Here is hoping the 2' of snow still in the bush holds the trees off from budding. Forecast I have shows we gotta get through 5-6 days of 12-13 degree weather before we get back into a bit of cooler weather. Of course that forecast is subject to change...haha

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    Finally had my first "real" boil today. I made probably two quarts just on the stove a couple weeks ago, not enough sap to even think about firing up the arch until today. Past 3 days I've probably collected 250l from 33 taps. Some trees ive never seen run that hard. But like you said, gonna be too warm next few days, and I've been tapped in for 6 weeks now too. My bush floods so I'm hoping that holds off at least to let me get one more boil in..if I get enough sap. What a year.

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    Just had my first boil. (April 21) Almost a month behind. I only put out 50 taps this year thinking that I would add more as the weather became favourable. Well we had two days of good weather and then summer hit. We literally had two snow storms last week and then +12 all weekend. Everything frozen one week and then t-shirts and sunburn. Looks like i'll end up with about 4L of amber early/mid/late season syrup. That would bring my average yield to about 0.1 L per tap. (insert sarcasm here)

    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 (60L)
    2018 - 60 taps (12L of syrup)

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    The season wasn't great for me, but what you have experienced up north is the pits. At least I was able to get some sap during a couple of thaws and saved it up until I had enough to boil. The weather was not our friend this year. I can't imagine how disappointed all of you must feel.
    ~ Karen ~

    2012 - 10 taps, 1 turkey fryer - 169.5L sap 4.2 L syrup
    2013 - 23 taps, 2 turkey fryers - 748.5 L sap 17.56 L syrup

    2014 - 22 taps, 509 L sap 12.5 L syrup
    2015 - 28 taps, 1093.75 L sap 25.1 L syrup
    2016 - 25 taps, 1223.5 L sap 28.25 L syrup
    2017 - 21 taps, 518.5 L sap 12.7 L syrup
    2018 - 28 taps, 2 turkey fryers & Denali 3 burner propane stove - 798L sap 16.9 L syrup
    2019 - 28 taps, 1409.5L sap 40.12L syrup

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    Disappointing is right, the day starts out sunny and perfect, the trees start to drip and by 11:00 am the temps are +10C and the trees just shut down. I guess i'll wait until the weekend and then pack it in. Can't imagine making syrup in May. What really get me is, the set up and then clean up is the same whether you get 1 bottle or 50. Also need to consider the sap buckets hanging in the hot sun all day growing bacteria.
    Love this hobby!

    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 (60L)
    2018 - 60 taps (12L of syrup)

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