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  1. #41
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    Well we called it done today. It was a short 11 days boiling .but we faired well anyway.
    25 years sugaring
    2018 191taps. Made 80 gallons
    Two taps to a 5 gallon bucket roadside trees.
    A retired dad to hump buckets and do most of the boiling the great wife that let's me spend lots of time and money.
    New Smokey lake 2×6 raised flue SSR on my own version of the silverplate arch.
    2019 new hood and new preheater concept that worked great.
    306 taps roadside trees

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    Today we will begin pulling our taps in Charlotte. Overall, it has been a pretty good year. The weather wasn't too bad, we made a good amount of syrup, and no major equipment broke, including me.

  3. #43
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    With this crazy weather anyone tapped or planning to tap in Michigan yet? If you already did are you getting decent flow and is the sap any good? Forecast over the next week near Grand Rapids is freezing at night and upper 30's during the day so thinking i may but a few test taps out. I have that gold fever starting up
    2017 First year late start 18 taps. Produced 2 gallons syrup. Hooked for life.

    2018 2nd Year early start 26 taps In Jan increased to 86 taps March. Upgraded outdoor boiler concrete block & 2 20"x30"x5" Stainless pans. Swimming in sap this March! 100% disconnected all taps 3-27-18. Syrup produced 15 gallons!

    2019 Season late to start only a week before spring break. Season total syrup 1.5 gallons. Enjoyed every drop.

    2020 Cant wait!

  4. #44
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    Going to wait a bit and watch Feb. temps
    5th generation
    2 1/2 Buckets
    752 gravity
    2 new flat pans. Back pan now has 16 V's
    Rebuilt the block arch 3x12
    Homemade pre-heater,steamhood,float
    MES Dolly RO

  5. #45
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    Probably best I'm just getting excited. I plan to put out a few testers tomorrow just to see if the flow starts but being the ground is still pretty frozen near me not expecting much. We shall see.
    2017 First year late start 18 taps. Produced 2 gallons syrup. Hooked for life.

    2018 2nd Year early start 26 taps In Jan increased to 86 taps March. Upgraded outdoor boiler concrete block & 2 20"x30"x5" Stainless pans. Swimming in sap this March! 100% disconnected all taps 3-27-18. Syrup produced 15 gallons!

    2019 Season late to start only a week before spring break. Season total syrup 1.5 gallons. Enjoyed every drop.

    2020 Cant wait!

  6. #46
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    I am getting prepared. Looks to me like long range forecast will be late mid February or end of February. Just have to keep watching the weather. Gonna play with some 3/16 tubing this year and see how that goes. Never have done any tubing before.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - going for 100 taps bags and buckets

  7. #47
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    I am in no way ready yet but here in Kalamazoo the forecast is for highs in the low to mid 30s with lows in the 20s for the next 10 days. By that time February is half gone. I think I will put out a couple test taps tonight to see what is going on.
    42° 7' 14 N
    50-60 Taps
    Homemade 2x4 Arch
    I do it for fun with family and friends!

  8. #48
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    My 9 taps are flowing great! 1.5-2 gallons per tap in 24hrs. I too am waiting until late Feb to add my additional 30-60 taps just not ready for constant boiling yet.
    2017 First year late start 18 taps. Produced 2 gallons syrup. Hooked for life.

    2018 2nd Year early start 26 taps In Jan increased to 86 taps March. Upgraded outdoor boiler concrete block & 2 20"x30"x5" Stainless pans. Swimming in sap this March! 100% disconnected all taps 3-27-18. Syrup produced 15 gallons!

    2019 Season late to start only a week before spring break. Season total syrup 1.5 gallons. Enjoyed every drop.

    2020 Cant wait!

  9. #49
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    Starting to look good this last half of the month. I will start drilling end of the week.
    5th generation
    2 1/2 Buckets
    752 gravity
    2 new flat pans. Back pan now has 16 V's
    Rebuilt the block arch 3x12
    Homemade pre-heater,steamhood,float
    MES Dolly RO

  10. #50
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    Looks like Saturday in central lower. The extended forcast is really good looks like 5-6 weeks. Fingers crossed.
    25 years sugaring
    2018 191taps. Made 80 gallons
    Two taps to a 5 gallon bucket roadside trees.
    A retired dad to hump buckets and do most of the boiling the great wife that let's me spend lots of time and money.
    New Smokey lake 2×6 raised flue SSR on my own version of the silverplate arch.
    2019 new hood and new preheater concept that worked great.
    306 taps roadside trees

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