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  1. #21
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    Finished up my last boil this morning. An additional 3.5 gallons takes me to 21 gallons bottled with an additional 3 gallons boiled down to sugar. Best year ever by a pint. Pulled taps when they were still running good due to no wood left. This next year will be the he year that I finally get ahead on my wood supply. Bought a vacuum filter press this year and it was worth every penny. My blood pressure stayed at a manageable level while filtering. Till next year sap savages.
    2006 - 12 taps on open fire
    2011 - 50 taps new 2 x 4 flat pan + warmer
    2012 - 65 taps new 16 x 16 sugar shack
    2013- 75 taps and no more, well maybe 85 now
    2016-97 taps
    1 Lab and my wife's Springer

  2. #22
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    The warm weather makes everyone get trigger happy but it looks like we will be waiting a couple weeks yet. Snow depth is going to be a battle again this year but for us at Sticky Bush it is a Journey not a race so we will just take our time and enjoy the woods with family and friends, no matter how hard it may be it’s not Work if you love what your doing.

    Everyday in the sugar bush with family and friends is a gift from god, have a great season my fellow sugar makers!
    Latitude location: 45° 51' 48.0" N
    2013 - 48 taps and a home made arch / pan = 19 gallons
    2014 - 74 taps and counting, upgrades to Arch
    2015 - 98 taps and counting, NEW custom made Arch, 30hp New Holland tractor
    2016 - 0 taps :-( had to skip this year
    2017 - 100 taps and back in the game
    2018 - 145 taps, NEW Sugar Shack & family and friends to help.
    2019 - 170 taps, 30 gallons of Sticky Bush syrup
    2020 - planning on retailing some Sticky Bush

  3. #23
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    I am waiting. Way to much snow.
    Was cutting wood yesterday and there is at least 2' of snow against the trees still.
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    100 taps
    sunrise 2x4 evaporator
    new 12 x 20 sugar shack
    Just a hobby for the family

  4. #24
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    Fighting all that early season snow and ice last year wasn't much fun at my age... will check the temp forecast in 2-3 weeks and then decide when to tap... i have been getting things organized and keeping the road in plowed... i hope the LP truck can get in but the road sure is narrow

  5. #25
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    Sunday we are planning on packing trails around the bush, if the forecast it favorable we will tap some trees. The snow depth appears to be more than last year for the beginning of season, we are having problems with the roads narrowing also.
    Latitude location: 45° 51' 48.0" N
    2013 - 48 taps and a home made arch / pan = 19 gallons
    2014 - 74 taps and counting, upgrades to Arch
    2015 - 98 taps and counting, NEW custom made Arch, 30hp New Holland tractor
    2016 - 0 taps :-( had to skip this year
    2017 - 100 taps and back in the game
    2018 - 145 taps, NEW Sugar Shack & family and friends to help.
    2019 - 170 taps, 30 gallons of Sticky Bush syrup
    2020 - planning on retailing some Sticky Bush

  6. #26
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    UP Propane made it in to camp so there will be a stove, gas lights, and a shower at sugar camp this season! i will also be heading to camp this weekend and will try packing some trails down in the bush but the 11th would be the earliest i would tap this year. weather underground makes it sound like you might get some sap next week if you do decide to tap. good luck.

  7. #27
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    We are all in, 180+ taps with buckets. Was all done on snowshoes, the crew is tired tonight. The first trees tapped (about 11:00 AM) had about a quart by the time we finished. Now it’s the waiting game to see what this week brings us.
    Latitude location: 45° 51' 48.0" N
    2013 - 48 taps and a home made arch / pan = 19 gallons
    2014 - 74 taps and counting, upgrades to Arch
    2015 - 98 taps and counting, NEW custom made Arch, 30hp New Holland tractor
    2016 - 0 taps :-( had to skip this year
    2017 - 100 taps and back in the game
    2018 - 145 taps, NEW Sugar Shack & family and friends to help.
    2019 - 170 taps, 30 gallons of Sticky Bush syrup
    2020 - planning on retailing some Sticky Bush

  8. #28
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    Anybody north of L’Anse planning on starting before April 1st?
    47 Degrees North
    2016 - 5 jugs - 1 gal - propane
    2017 - 45 jugs - 6 gal
    2018 - 33 jugs and buckets - 5.5 gal
    2019 - 9 buckets and 15 on 3/16 - 9.5 gal - wood

  9. #29
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    spoke too soon. LP diver called 2 days later and told me he got stuck going in. he's looking into getting a smaller truck to try again but i don't have much hope... will probly have to do something with 100# tanks.... not happy.... maybe now they will listen when i ask them to fill me up right before deer season regardless of my tank level. sorry for the rant but i"ve been going round with these people since i built the camp..anyway, the predicted temps are looking good so i will start tapping this weekend and hope that the warm weather has knocked the snow depth down by the time i get there. as plungerke says it's a journey so i will do what i can and take a breaks when i have to. glad to hear the sap is running up in fatherland.

  10. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Country View Post
    Anybody north of L’Anse planning on starting before April 1st?
    I tapped earlier this week outside of Chassell, as did several others I saw. Good looking weather coming up.
    All my life I wanted to make my own syrup. Now I'm livin' the dream!

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