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  1. #101
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    We ended up with 370 gallons of sap on Thursday to boil! Made about 7 1/2 gallons of syrup.
    It's all bottled but the last 2 gallons I made in the evening. It was really hot here yesterday.
    We brought in all our collection barrels and gave them a good pressure washing. Out they go today, as we got a trace of snow last
    night. Looking back at last years gatherings, we got 1000 gallons of sap the last week
    of the season. Hopefully we can repeat that this year. If not it's gonna be a pretty poor season.
    Got the batteries on the charger thinking about a little redrilling to get me there.
    90 taps on vacuum
    155 taps on 5/16 gravity
    105 taps on 3/16 gravity
    about 45 buckets
    neighbor bringing from 45 taps

    http://s848.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Sugarshack/

  2. #102
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    Since the 3+ gallons I got on Wednesday I have had next to no sap since. I thought maybe this morning I would have some but no dice. I will see how the next two days go and if it doesn't get better by Wednesday I will pull them.


    I did manage over 2 gallons of syrup this year which is AWESOME!


    I would like to thank several members of this group for providing guidance to me over the season so far. I truly appreciated it!
    Steve

    SE Pennsylvania newbie

    2019 - 2 Gallons so far
    14 taps with drop lines and buckets
    RO5
    turkey fryer with 6” deep pan

  3. #103
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    Was able to scare up about 70 gallons of sap today. Made just about 2 gallons of syrup. It's not looking good
    here, I think the end is in sight. I redrilled 100 taps on my one gravity bush. It didn't look too promising,
    most were bone dry. We aren't collecting again until Tuesday. It's cold enough to get by on gathering every other day.
    Looks like Saturday will be the last hurrah. Might end up being one of my poorest seasons. Guess you need
    lows and highs to get an average!
    90 taps on vacuum
    155 taps on 5/16 gravity
    105 taps on 3/16 gravity
    about 45 buckets
    neighbor bringing from 45 taps

    http://s848.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Sugarshack/

  4. #104
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    Season over for me. Pulled all taps today and did final boil. I thought my reds would start backup after warm spell but they just have not run since. Season was only 20 days long but I ended with a little over 3 gals. of syrup. Good luck to everyone for rest of season.
    2011 - 6 buckets
    Stove Top
    2012 - 15 buckets
    2013 - 19 buckets
    Camper cook stove with 3 high propane burners
    Custom made 42x14x7 maple pan with dividers
    2015 - New 12x16 Sugar Shack
    2015 - New Lapierre Propane Evaporator
    2016 - 28 buckets
    2017 - 30 buckets
    2019 - 32 buckets

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  5. #105
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    I got about a gallon of sap today. If tomorrow isn’t any better I will pull mine as well. I am very happy with my year one results
    Steve

    SE Pennsylvania newbie

    2019 - 2 Gallons so far
    14 taps with drop lines and buckets
    RO5
    turkey fryer with 6” deep pan

  6. #106
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    Busy since last Wednesday! Lots of sap, many hours boiling. many visitor to the sugarhouse over the weekend. Just hit 100 gallons of syrup! Tubs cleaned and pans sweetened again.
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

  7. #107
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    I'm back in the game! Boiled a little over 200 gallons tonight and made almost 4 gallons of syrup.
    With the cold nights we have been able to go two days until we gather. Tonight low of 24
    and Monday night I believe 18 will get us into early next week. I was sure we would be done Saturday
    but looking better. The bush I redrilled gave 75 gallons and my buckets are still doing well. Might be able to get
    60 gallons for the season.
    90 taps on vacuum
    155 taps on 5/16 gravity
    105 taps on 3/16 gravity
    about 45 buckets
    neighbor bringing from 45 taps

    http://s848.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Sugarshack/

  8. #108
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    Pulled my taps out last night. Out of 14 taps I only had about a cup of sap.

    2 gallons the first season, I’m happy

    Good luck to those still tapping well!
    Steve

    SE Pennsylvania newbie

    2019 - 2 Gallons so far
    14 taps with drop lines and buckets
    RO5
    turkey fryer with 6” deep pan

  9. #109
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    So far only three of my trees gave up on me. The rest are having there slow spells but seem to bounce back. I've boiled 600 gallons so far for the year and hope to get to 1000. But I will be happy with whatever I get from here on out for I have already exceeded my expectation for this year. My time will soon run out for my trees anyway with a wounded corn planter calling my name!!
    8n Ford wood/sap hauler 42 Taps on buckets and bags Homemade oil tank evaporator

  10. #110
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    Hang in there Chief! Weather looks good until next Wednesday!
    90 taps on vacuum
    155 taps on 5/16 gravity
    105 taps on 3/16 gravity
    about 45 buckets
    neighbor bringing from 45 taps

    http://s848.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Sugarshack/

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