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  1. #11
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    I only took in 6 gallons of sap from my 38 taps for the whole weekend here in Chassell. Still 2-3 feet of snow out there. I anticipate ice concentrating that sap down quite a bit throughout the week. Maybe I'll boil on Friday and get a few tablespoons of syrup!

    No great run in sight yet, just gotta be patient. Might as well rebuild the chicken coop and do a few other chores while I'm at it... any day now, spring!
    2015: 20 buckets on taps, two steam table pans on block arch, 4.5 gallons
    2016: 20 buckets on taps, two steam table pans on block arch, 6.5 gallons
    2017: 30 buckets on taps, 2x3' flat pan on block arch, 4.5 gallons (poor sap year!)
    2018: 38 buckets on taps, 2x3' flat pan on block arch, syrup TBD!

  2. #12
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    Tapped on 3/13/2018 and it has been really slow. Looking good for the upcoming week in Ontonagon.

  3. #13
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    Default Rough Year So Far

    Checks 90 taps, Boiled on March 25 and have 4 Pints. Hope this gets better!

  4. #14
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    The weekend forcast is in. It does not look good for this home team. We are forcast for weather below freezing for the next week with a winter storm warning for tonight into tomorrow. They are calling for TEN inches of snow! I have a lot of fight, but after 4 weeks only 36 gallons of sap off 90 taps, I don't know. I will give it a little more, but if the weather does not break, I am going to go smelting ......... if the lake ice ever leaves!

  5. #15
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    Default April 10

    Last weekend we collected 30 gallons of crystal clear ICE! Oh well .... Tuesday through Wednesday looks good?? They are then calling for a storm to bring between 12-24 inches here on the weekend! I am going to wait one more week. I still have 1-2 feet of snow in the woods and the base of the trees just began the "melted ring" we all get excited about. Keep working everyone, it will happen I hope.

  6. #16
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    Default April15, 2018

    Boiled for the third time yesterday. We ended up getting 1.5 gallons of that liquid gold. Fast forward to today and we are in a blizzard warning and the snow is now coming. I still have the taps in and look for two more weeks, but are supposed to get 14-18 inches today into tomorrow. We will see, but have finally hit the overall total for three boils of 2.3 gallons of gold. Hope everyone else is doing well!

  7. #17
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    Just boiled for the first time today in the midst of the fun winter storm we're getting. Hiked out to the sugar shack with only a couple inches on the ground, by the time I hiked home there were foot-high drifts burying all my trails. It's days like today that I wish my sugar shack was more insulated... and not leaky like a sieve.

    Can't argue with the results though - 2.2 gallons of syrup from 43 gallons of sap! Granted I've been freezing down a lot of that sap for the past two weeks patiently awaiting the day that I'd have enough to boil... but hey, less time boiling in the end! Looking forward to making more as soon as the weather figures out what season its supposed to be.
    2015: 20 buckets on taps, two steam table pans on block arch, 4.5 gallons
    2016: 20 buckets on taps, two steam table pans on block arch, 6.5 gallons
    2017: 30 buckets on taps, 2x3' flat pan on block arch, 4.5 gallons (poor sap year!)
    2018: 38 buckets on taps, 2x3' flat pan on block arch, syrup TBD!

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