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    So when is everyone thinking of tapping this year (2019). Each year I tap and it is usually to early or to late. I’d like to be just right this year.

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    Next weekend
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    2017...crazy weather. 18 gallons
    2016...didn't tap , didn't miss much, Sugarhouse project 75% done .
    2015 22 gallons , sugarhouse started
    2014 ...Best year yet 25 gallons of sweet stuff
    2013 . 2 x 5 evap , still shanty , 178 taps on tubing and 5 gal buckets.
    2012.2 x 5 LS Bilodeau evaporator w/ drop flues...75 taps on tubing , 50 on buckets , still a shanty
    2010. 30 taps on buckets , concrete block and 4 stainless pans

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    I'm always antsy at the start of the season and cabin fever makes me tap too early even though i usually get an early run. But then i'm fighting ice and it's a pain. Going to try to hold off until mid march this year if i can wait that long.

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    I going with 16th & 17th this year.

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    Good run today in Great Meadows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agb View Post
    Good run today in Great Meadows.
    Hows your season so far?
    I've boiled 3 times so far a total of 620 gallons and have about 10+ gallons of finished syrup. A cold few days and then sap should be running again on Friday or Saturday.
    Good luck to you
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    2017...crazy weather. 18 gallons
    2016...didn't tap , didn't miss much, Sugarhouse project 75% done .
    2015 22 gallons , sugarhouse started
    2014 ...Best year yet 25 gallons of sweet stuff
    2013 . 2 x 5 evap , still shanty , 178 taps on tubing and 5 gal buckets.
    2012.2 x 5 LS Bilodeau evaporator w/ drop flues...75 taps on tubing , 50 on buckets , still a shanty
    2010. 30 taps on buckets , concrete block and 4 stainless pans

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    Thumbs up

    Good to see my tri-state sugar-ers are going strong. I haven't participated in a few years but I want to getting going again. Still searching for an economical way to evap. I can get sap, got that part figured out, I just can't boil it down in an efficient manner. Every time I hear snow melting/dripping, I associate it with sap running.

    And my numbers were always about the same as yours appear to be @sugarwoodacres - 60:1

    Good luck to all.
    New York, NY
    6 taps: #4 Grims - Collection: 6 - 5 gal. Spackle Buckets - Storage: 30 gallon plastic garbage cans
    (you can stop laughing now)

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    Yesterday was our 2nd boil of the year. Only 650 gal of sap so far total. The first boil just sweetened the pans. Yesterday's boil of 350 gals yielded 10 1/4 gallons of syrup. All a nice amber. It was real fun breaking all of the ice out of the tanks. Will have more once the sap runs again this weekend.
    Dave C.
    2011 - 130 Taps
    2017 - 300 Taps ( all gravity)
    2x8 Leader Revolution Evaporator
    12x18 Sugarshack

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    Good run around the 20th to the 26th. Then again this past weekend but the snow is making it tough to collect. I just use propane burners 3 of them. I usually get about 4 gals or so a year. Fun to finally get outside in the early spring. Should be flowing good this coming weekend.

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