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    Quote Originally Posted by doop View Post
    It doesn't look good. If the forecast doesn't change, I might not even get enough for even 1 boil this year. I thought last year was bad.
    I sure hope you're wrong. You don't think next week will be good? I know the ground isn't thawed yet, but maybe next week?
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    Quote Originally Posted by billschi View Post
    Thanks Austin.
    I was able to use the whole tank. There was enough metal left over to straighten out and make a tray from the firebox to the stove pipe exit area to place firebrick on under the tray.
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    I did the same (adding a tray / arch) with fireboard over the top, leaving about 2.5" between the top of board and the bottom of the pan. Is that a 6' pan?

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    Yes, it is a 6' pan.
    2.5"? Maybe that's what I need to do. I have about 6". Do you get a even boil throughout the whole pan? I like the fireboard idea. Thanks.
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    It boils all but the back couple inches (where adding colder sap). I have AUF this year but remember it boiling pretty much the whole pan before the blower install. Hope for all of our trees to get a good run next week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doop View Post
    It doesn't look good. If the forecast doesn't change, I might not even get enough for even 1 boil this year. I thought last year was bad.
    . Itís been crazy. I keep thinking itís going to break loose and then it turns cold again. I sure hope things get going next week!
    Larry
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birddog View Post
    . Itís been crazy. I keep thinking itís going to break loose and then it turns cold again. I sure hope things get going next week!
    Hasn't that been the motto this year?
    "I sure hope things get going next week".
    2016- 32 taps, 3 1/2 gallons
    2017- 150 taps, 13 gallons after building an evaporator
    2018- goal is 240+ taps. 20+ gallons.
    2018 Reality- 235 taps, 5 gallons of syrup. Average 50 birch taps and 3 gallons of syrup.
    Latitude 47.278150

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    2013 was very similar to this year didn't run til the 12th temps constantly were 28-37 for highs then 0n the 27th sixties and it was over. I see 64 then 70 forecasted for the 27th and 28th. I hope we get some good runs til then.
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    Billschi- Did you ever get a run up there? I just looked at the weather for Two Harbors, doesn't look like temps are to get below freezing in future??

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    Not really. From 200 trees, I got 25 gallons.
    Brimson's weather is more accurate for us. It looks like Sunday and Monday night may stay above freezing. Hopefully they'll be wrong like they have been all spring.
    What if it doesn't get below freezing after Sunday? The run just stops? Is the sap not essential for the leaves to bud?
    2016- 32 taps, 3 1/2 gallons
    2017- 150 taps, 13 gallons after building an evaporator
    2018- goal is 240+ taps. 20+ gallons.
    2018 Reality- 235 taps, 5 gallons of syrup. Average 50 birch taps and 3 gallons of syrup.
    Latitude 47.278150

    livingoffmyland.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by billschi View Post
    Not really. From 200 trees, I got 25 gallons.
    Brimson's weather is more accurate for us. It looks like Sunday and Monday night may stay above freezing. Hopefully they'll be wrong like they have been all spring.
    What if it doesn't get below freezing after Sunday? The run just stops? Is the sap not essential for the leaves to bud?
    Assuming you mean 25 gallons of syrup??

    When the temps fail to fall below freezing at night, the sap eventually stops. Even if it is dripping a bit, the sugar content will be way down. (it needs the cold to convert starch into sugar) With this warm weather, the buds will swell and leaves will open up. Guessing that is when photosynthesis takes over the "feeding".

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