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  1. #21
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    Spent the weekend up at Sebago lake Ice fishing in the Derby up there. Came home to about 200 gallons of sap in my collection tanks and my 30 trees with Sap Sacks all had at least a gallon in them. Planned on collecting it all tonight but most of the sacks are frozen up. Still may collect from the tanks and run them through the RO and sweeten the pans some more. Just not sure how frozen the tanks will be. Was hoping to get above freezing today here in Merrimack, but doesnt look like thats going to happen. Later in the week looks great.
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed to the Middle East, no surgaring for me :-(
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed to the Middle East
    2014 110 tap all tubed buckets.
    2013 35 taps, all buckets

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    I did my first boil yesterday and made a little over a gallon of amber. I only have about 75 trees tapped, looks like this weekend Iíll put the rest in. Hopefully get enough sap to try out my RO this weekend too.
    Started in 2013 with 15 taps on buckets and a turkey frier.
    Now 2019 115 taps, 3/16's with vac. 10x14 sugarhouse. 2x3 Mason w/blower. Homemade 50 gal per hour RO. More ideas than time.
    Munson's Maple

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    Taped in the snow all day today up to about 1500 taps in .

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    15 day forecast looks cold . Still lots to do so thatís ok .

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    Was supposed to clear out yesterday and be sunny in the afternoon. That never happened so even though it warmed up sap didn’t run. Today was supposed to be sunny and upper 30’s, cloudy and 33. Walked some lines this morning checking for leaks. Hoping it warms up a little more sap runs a little to make leak checking easier.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    I barely got any sap on Saturday, a bit in the rain on Sunday, and things shut down on Monday. Looks like a slow week until at least Friday/Saturday when things might pick up a bit.
    2015- Didn't know my new property enough to tap anything. 4-feet of snow on the ground.
    2016- 41 Taps with home made barrel evaporator. Made 1.5 gallons syrup.
    2017- 79 Taps with home made block arch evaporator. Made 2.47 gallons syrup
    2018- 91 Taps again with home made block arch. Homemade RO worked great. Made 6.96 gallons syrup.
    2019- 84 Taps. Building another arch. RO in place. New Smoky Lake 2x4 Divided Pan. Everything switched to 3/16" tubing.

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    Froze up solid here in Wilton. 7 degrees this AM. 3/16 tanks have about 3" of ice; and 5 gal. buckets frozen right down to the bottom. Normally I toss the ice in the buckets, but frozen all the way means 2% sap is in there too.
    2017 - 3 taps hanging buckets. Turkey fryer evap.
    2017-2018 Caught a bad case of the maple bug. Built a 55 gal. barrel evap. and homemade RO
    2018 - 32 taps on 5 gal. buckets.
    2019 - New Mason 2x4 XL. 80 taps - 50 on 5 gal. buckets, 30 on 3/16 tubing

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    Waiting, Waiting,Waiting for it to warm up and run. Doesn’t look like it is going to be running much anytime soon.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    Looks like a really tough 2 weeks ahead. Patience!!!
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed to the Middle East, no surgaring for me :-(
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed to the Middle East
    2014 110 tap all tubed buckets.
    2013 35 taps, all buckets

  10. #30
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    Going to wait another 10 days to tap here in Lancaster unless a change in forecast happens. Im in a cold spot and only have 300 taps that I can do in a day. Everything else is mostly ready. I built an RO this past off season so there will be some start-up adjustment. In the mean time pruning apple trees. Good luck all
    44 27'08/71 27'56
    300 totalish taps 250 on tube and surflo
    50 bucket and bags about 15-25 gallons a season
    on a 2 by 7 home made evaporator and sugar shack
    1st gen circa 1966 still learnin stuff

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