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  1. #111
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    Peeper, Don’t feel bad about the spill I toasted 1/2 gallon of near. I was lucky I could clean pot with a lot of elbow grease and discovered ‘bar keepers friend’. In my second year, before RO.
    Last edited by to100; 04-08-2019 at 10:33 PM.
    2020 same
    2019 RB10 26 taps
    2018 RO Bucket RB5 taps 20, leg tank in shed w/2 5/16
    2017 18 taps
    2016 20 taps
    2015 21 taps
    2014 30 2 gravity line, 2 hotel pan concrete arch 35 g leg tank
    2013 LP hook up in shack buckets 12 taps
    2 burner cook top 2012 finisher on a bbq tanks
    2011 rookie 2+ gal
    8 taps w/ milk jugs
    turkey cooker
    50-60 up back maybe

  2. #112
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    Default Thanks RO Bucket and Maple Trader

    I just had my best week ever. I upgraded to RB10, added new line with 5 taps, raised up bottom under flue pan with fire brick brick with a ramped front, used distilled water to make a heavy batch perfect, and a lot of little things from that made it easier. Also a lot less wood, time to do everything.
    Used 12volt pump to move sap up to arch and could pump to basement on a cold day to RO and then up to arch. I just carry down near Syrup. And can send up permeate up to soak pan help clean.
    Thanks
    2020 same
    2019 RB10 26 taps
    2018 RO Bucket RB5 taps 20, leg tank in shed w/2 5/16
    2017 18 taps
    2016 20 taps
    2015 21 taps
    2014 30 2 gravity line, 2 hotel pan concrete arch 35 g leg tank
    2013 LP hook up in shack buckets 12 taps
    2 burner cook top 2012 finisher on a bbq tanks
    2011 rookie 2+ gal
    8 taps w/ milk jugs
    turkey cooker
    50-60 up back maybe

  3. #113
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    Its been a frustrating sugarin season here with some trees productive and others not. I know I am not alone.
    With 24 taps out for 1 month I expect to wind up with 3 gallons syrup after a final boil Thursday so on par with last year at least.

    No ticks yet with 99 % snow cover still but we did have the pleasure of a visit from Barred Owl while
    finishing last weeks boil. It stayed perched in a sunny side Pine Tree for a couple hours
    behind the shack. Also saw a Mink one afternoon recently as it came across the field and snooped around the house some.
    Bobcat sighting from the house over the winter too. That was a first in almost 30 years.

    Sugarin can be tough sledding at times but its always nice to get out and enjoy some spring temps and nature after another tough winter.
    Backyard Sugarin' since 1991
    Concrete block wood burner
    24 taps on gallon jugs
    2' x 2' x 6" SS pan
    5 gal. SS steamer pan for preheating
    89 Arctic Cat Panther sap hauler

    Making a few gallons syrup most years.
    Maple Baked Beans
    Maple Oat Sourdough Bread
    Maple Wine

  4. #114
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    I think I will pull this weekend we may get one more run Thursday and I don't think the trees have started to bud yet so far 20 gallons not bad for a late start. Any one else waiting to pull ?
    Backyard sapper

    Mason 2X4 XL with blower
    12x24 post and beam shack
    30 taps on 5-Gallon buckets
    134 taps on tubing into the shack
    15-30 gallons a year for family and friends

  5. #115
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    The weather keeps doing whatever it wants, after umpteen changes to the forecast Iím going to boil Friday and see what the outlook is then. Itís looking like I will pull taps this weekend unless I see some promise in the 7 to 10 day forecast.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lukie View Post
    I think I will pull this weekend we may get one more run Thursday and I don't think the trees have started to bud yet so far 20 gallons not bad for a late start. Any one else waiting to pull ?

  6. #116
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukie View Post
    I think I will pull this weekend we may get one more run Thursday and I don't think the trees have started to bud yet so far 20 gallons not bad for a late start. Any one else waiting to pull ?
    As I was getting ready for my "final" boil Thursday I was noting the nice run occurring today. Since I haven't pulled any taps, I collected 13 gallons of clear sap, a few jugs of which tasted sweet. Of course it became apparent that with two more good sap days left I could collect enough for an encore boil Sunday. I was going to boil 65 gallons tomorrow, so if I cut that back to 55 (easier in a day) that puts 10 more to Sunday, so I only need 30 or so more. I can skip the budding red maples and just do the sugars. But Sunday is it, really. I will be washing buckets as I boil.
    2x4 concrete block arch with three steam trays
    Separate warming stove/steam tray
    2016 12 taps, 3 gallons
    2018 15 taps, 7 gallons
    2019 38 taps, 13.6 gallons
    2020 40 taps, 13.7 gallons
    Mostly sugar maples, a few reds on 200 year old homestead

  7. #117
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    Sap was running faster than you could boil it today. 2 gallons + on some taps
    Can't say I've ever seen anything like it.
    I expected to finish up today for the season but didn't happen.
    Sparking up another fire in the morning.
    Backyard Sugarin' since 1991
    Concrete block wood burner
    24 taps on gallon jugs
    2' x 2' x 6" SS pan
    5 gal. SS steamer pan for preheating
    89 Arctic Cat Panther sap hauler

    Making a few gallons syrup most years.
    Maple Baked Beans
    Maple Oat Sourdough Bread
    Maple Wine

  8. #118
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodsy View Post
    Sap was running faster than you could boil it today. 2 gallons + on some taps
    Can't say I've ever seen anything like it.
    I expected to finish up today for the season but didn't happen.
    Sparking up another fire in the morning.
    No kidding! I went back to the same tree three times to get almost a gallon each time. Easily set aside my highest daily return, and at that did not take sap from several budding red maples that had full jugs. Woodsy noted that he hasn't seen anything like it- I haven't been at it long enough to make a comparison, but I'll note it for the record book.

    Finished the eighth boil today with a return of 1.25 gallons of dark syrup from 55 gallons sap, with a yearly total at 12.25 gallons. Started pulling taps and will finish that Sunday while on the last boil.
    Last edited by Mvhomesteader; 04-11-2019 at 08:28 PM.
    2x4 concrete block arch with three steam trays
    Separate warming stove/steam tray
    2016 12 taps, 3 gallons
    2018 15 taps, 7 gallons
    2019 38 taps, 13.6 gallons
    2020 40 taps, 13.7 gallons
    Mostly sugar maples, a few reds on 200 year old homestead

  9. #119
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    Looks like you guys in Maine are having a gusher! Fantastic!
    ~ Karen ~

    2012 - 10 taps, 1 turkey fryer - 169.5L sap 4.2 L syrup
    2013 - 23 taps, 2 turkey fryers - 748.5 L sap 17.56 L syrup

    2014 - 22 taps, 509 L sap 12.5 L syrup
    2015 - 28 taps, 1093.75 L sap 25.1 L syrup
    2016 - 25 taps, 1223.5 L sap 28.25 L syrup
    2017 - 21 taps, 518.5 L sap 12.7 L syrup
    2018 - 28 taps, 2 turkey fryers & Denali 3 burner propane stove - 798L sap 16.9 L syrup
    2019 - 28 taps, 1409.5L sap 40.12L syrup

    Sugar, Norway, Manitoba, Silver and Freeman Maples



  10. #120
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    You sound like a blueberry raker myhomesteader!!! Look to the left and see a sea of blue, might as well pick em!!!!!!! And your out there till dark!!!!

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