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  1. #131
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    Galena, thanks for the invite but no can do, little one is home today feeling under the weather.....I'll pass them along by the technology method LOL.
    2019 - 14 taps: TBD
    2018 - 9 taps (309 litres) + a generous neighbour (114 litres): 423 litres of sap / 14.5 litres of syrup
    2017 - 4 taps: 55 litres of sap / 1.5 litres of syrup (just enough to get us hooked)

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  2. #132
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    Okeydokey :-) Feel free to pop in so long as there's a car in the driveway, esp during this time of year...free labour errr fellow sugarers are always welcome! ;-)
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup

  3. #133
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    105 total taps for me this year. Just came back from the count and to see if that -12 popped any out. Some starting to drip but don't think I will have enough to boil tonight...
    2019 - 105 taps
    2018 - 120 taps
    2017 - 100+ taps
    2016 - new arch and pans
    2015 - 85 buckets and 12 saks on 58 trees
    2014 - first timer - 50 saks and 40 buckets
    Batch boiling @ 7-8 Gal/hour evap
    Family of 7 consuming approx. 3 liters a month

  4. #134
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    I collected 85 L today after work, not bad, thought there would be more but no such luck


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    2018 28 tree's, 32 taps... 1206 L collected, 19.6 L Finished
    2017 14 trees, 16 taps... for now 465.5 L collected, 10.5 L Finished
    2016 26 trees, 38 taps... for now 675 L sap so far, 10.5 L finished product
    2015 7 Trees, 7 Buckets
    2014 13 Trees,9 Buckets,5 Water Cooler Bottles,1 Turkey Fryer,ended up with 12 L syrup,light to very dark color
    2013 9 Trees ,13 taps and buckets,1 Turkey Deep Fryer,Close to 15 L of syrup , light to dark color

  5. #135
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    There is maybe a grand total on 1g sitting out there on the trees, most of it from the Surprise bush maples. Not worth collecting. On the other hand, thanks to the records I've been keeping, a multi-day lull just like this one is almost par for the course around mid-late March. Then things kick into gear.

    Last year I didn't collect for almost a week and ended up with a record amount of sap. Mind, I also tapped February 21, so that made a difference.
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup

  6. #136
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    Boiled today. Tanks were empty by 4pm.
    Headed up to the woods and brought back another 50 gals or so. A lot of it is still in ice chunks but good for keeping the tanks cool.
    At least the new snow has covered the ice path and it's not quite so treacherous walking or hauling tanks.


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    20+ years on a 2x3 block arch,
    Homemade 20"x64" drop flue since 2011

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  7. #137
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    Looks like the smaller trees are waking up. Went to check for leaks with vacuum running in one bush and found a lot of smaller trees full,few running over. Tough gathering as didnít have a gathering pail there yet,so carried each bucket (22 in total) individually to the holding tank. Might get to boil today,only problem being first boil takes about 300 gallons to fill the pans to light a match
    7th generation maple producer in sugarhouse built in 1892
    2x World Champion Maple Syrup Producer
    1250 taps on cv adapters
    Leader Vortex 3x14 with Max Flue and Revolution Syrup Pan,Enhanced Steam Away
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  8. #138
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    Got 9 gallons yesterday. Of my 104 trees only about 20 are showing signs of anything so far. Only the ones that get decent sun. Most of my good producing trees are still sitting in a foot and half of snow with ice all over the place. The other thing I noticed this year - on days with only marginal warmth (like yesterday) only my metal spigots run. Plastic stay frozen. Seems like the metal ones take the heat from the sun better. Flipping up the lid on the buckets so the sun hits the spigot also seems to help them start as well. Becoming a bit obsessed with it.
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    2018 - 65 taps - 412Gal/1559L Sap - 11.6Gal/44L Finished Syrup
    2019 - 104 taps - 10 US Gal Sap - so far...

  9. #139
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    Mike, what kind of lids are you using? The metal ones have a gap in them so they fit around the spigot, but if you're using plastic lids,I think they cover the whole surface area and the spigot too. Just don't know if you want the lids flipped up, you'll get bark and bugs and possibly critters in there too. Tales of squirrels found drowned in sap pails are common. (And if that ever does happen...dump that sap and give the pail a really good cleaning before putting it back into use.)

    And don't worry I'm in the same boat as you, only my smallest trees, the bush maples, are doing any real work, the big trees are still pretty froze up.
    Last edited by Galena; Today at 07:34 AM.
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup

  10. #140
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    My first collection of 55gal yesterday. Some full buckets, come empty!

    Was making steam ironing out some bugs in my upgraded gravity drip feed.
    2019 - 105 taps
    2018 - 120 taps
    2017 - 100+ taps
    2016 - new arch and pans
    2015 - 85 buckets and 12 saks on 58 trees
    2014 - first timer - 50 saks and 40 buckets
    Batch boiling @ 7-8 Gal/hour evap
    Family of 7 consuming approx. 3 liters a month

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