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  1. #21
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    My total for this season is 85 gal which was boiled last Friday. I hope after this cold snap mother nature treats us a little better.

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    Yay! Sap returns to IL today and many days to follow. Keep us in the loop as your flow picks up. I tapped a couple outlier trees yesterday. It has been a lot of waiting and doing other work in anticipation of more sap.
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 hobby RO
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

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    I'm excited to really get going, but worried that I had tapped too early and my holes are going to be drying up soon. Long term weather forecast was looking good, but changed back to cold when I drilled in.

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    Trees woke up early afternoon yesterday. Checked my tank this morning and I had collected 125 gallons and everything is still flowing. Shurflo is generating 18” vac on the mainline.
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 hobby RO
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

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    It was a good weekend down here. From Fri afternoon - Sun evening collected close to 400 gallons. Vacuum is incredible because even with no freeze on Fri night or Sat night all my lines didn't slow down till Sunday
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 hobby RO
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

  6. #26
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    Finally looks like the weather is going to cooperate for us. We tapped on Sunday and most holes were at least wet. We got the sugarhouse all ready yesterday and actually had our first 4H tour last night. Hopefully we can collect enough to run tonight and officially get the season going. Good luck to all of you guys this year!
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  7. #27
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    Flow has been good the last few days. We went from frozen ground to knee deep mud in about 36 hours.Gotta love this obsession ��

  8. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogpatch View Post
    Flow has been good the last few days. We went from frozen ground to knee deep mud in about 36 hours.Gotta love this obsession ��
    Ya the melting and rain has made climbing my hills interesting. 2 steps up and slide one back 😆. A little worried abiut the warmer weather coming later next week. I hope it doesnt get too warm too fast.
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 hobby RO
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

  9. #29
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    Phew its been a busy week. Boiled Tues, Thurs, and today. Trees are flowing like crazy and the new RO makes it easy to keep up. Next week stills looks good weather wise. Hope everyone is doing well.
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 hobby RO
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

  10. #30
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    I was comparing this year to last year and I am at 30% of the sap this year on the same date. I will not catch up, especially with the weather forecast of warm Temps coming. One positive, my sap is running about .5 more sugar.

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