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    I guess everyone's too busy. It seems no one started the March Journal yet.
    So here it goes- I have gotten no sap yet, ran the pump yesterday when the temperature got up to 36 F. Vac ran at 27" for an hour and I only got about 1/2 gal off over 300 taps. The trees must still be frozen. I will try again today, maybe temps in the upper forties will thaw the trees. Then it looks like the next 4 weeks will be good sap weather, freezes almost every night and warm most days, in the 40's on most days. If that happens it could end up a much more traditional maple season.
    Yesterday we put our larger pump and engine out at the lease. That's at higher elevation and the temps generally run 4-6 degrees lower. That sould also give up some sap starting later this week. Too windy today to risk working in the woods, 18+ MPH keeps me out of the woods. Too much risk for falling trees and limbs.
    Based on the forecast it looks like my first boil might come Tuesday , especially if the trees thaw today so sap runs today and tomorrow.
    I will be doing my start of season clean up on my RO tomorrow, then tapping more trees at the lease. Still have maybe 400 more taps to put in, to end up at about 1000. The mains all look good, but at the lease several laterals are down, and frozen into a layer of ice which slows things a lot.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
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    I am making candy and sugar today waiting for the sap to roll in.
    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    2015: New to me Lapierre 18x60 raised flue, new shack, new everything!! 59 taps 23.75 gallons made
    2016: 85 taps 19 gallons
    2017: Purchased 2.5 acres and tubed half with 3/16. 145 taps total 49.25 gallons made
    2018: 200 taps (162 on 3/16ths 38 on buckets) New NextGen RO 63 gallons made
    2019: 210 taps 73.5 gallons made
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    Waiting, waiting and more waiting. I feel like Eddie money, "I've waited so long!" I got about 5 gallons from 60 taps on a shurflo yesterday while it was 42 and sunny... They're still frozen up tight. Hopefully this warm spell kick starts things. I'm getting impatient lol!
    smoky lake 2x4 hybrid pan on homemade arch. 60 taps on shurflo

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    Tapped 1 tree in full sun yesterday and was wet couple ounces. Ran a new line to shed and finish roll out 2 other lines.
    Before the Big winds 2 week ago I had big tree wells around all trees with solid 12 +/- snow. The wind filled in all trees with dense snow. Now roots are frozen so good flow needs some sun/rain. Waiting to tap others for flow to push out wood chips and flush lines with ice.
    Going to be a fun mud season, had a thaw in early February. Been avoiding ruts since.
    Mid week should start flowing, then off to the races.

    Best to all for a great season.
    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
    2012 buckets 12 taps
    2 burner cook top 2012 finisher
    2011 rookie 2+ gal
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    Was able to gather 25 gallons this morning and got all the ice out of the bags, pour off the melted sugar water from the frozen pails and mixed all together for 5% sap. Boiled it all off to sweeten my pan. Almost was able to draw off but had to start cooling down the arch. Weather looks good for the next several days here.
    backyard hobbyist
    2014 - roasting pan on 55 gallon barrel -1 gallon syrup 6 taps on buckets
    2015 - added blower to door -3 gallon syrup 10 taps on buckets
    2016 - 3 gallon syrup and 2 lbs. sugar 16 taps on buckets
    2017 - new Mason 2x3 w/AUF shooting for 20 to 30ish taps and more sugar
    2018 - did not boil
    2019 - Added RO, sudo 8x8 sugar shack, 72 taps
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."
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    Tending to lines and checking equipment so I'm ready for the real runs. I thought I'd boil tonight but not enough sap and quite a bit of ice in the tanks. Hopefully boiling tomorrow. At March 10 already and barely done any boiling. I think it's make or break for the next 3 weeks.
    New for 2019 Smoky Lake 2x6 fuel-oil fired, raised flue, hoods, SSR
    Home-built auto draw off
    Home-built RO - single XLE 4040, PLC controlled
    20x20 garage converted to sugarhouse (in the city)
    200 taps, 160 on Shurflo and Lunchbox vac, 40 Buckets
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    I ran my vacuum pump and even at the warmest part of the day it took almost an hour to get the releaser to dump once. It dumps about 3 gal. My trees still have not thawed out after the long deep freeze. Maybe tomorrow.
    However, my vacuum was below normal, only at 23", normally 25-26. The wind was strong enough that I did not chase the leaks, too risky for falling trees or limbs. The wind should be less tomorrow, I will look for leaks then.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    Taylor county Wisconsin, tried tapping March 8 had hard time finding tubing and mainline. over 2 ft of snow and more on way. will be couple weeks at least

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    Definitely have been busy. Finally the snow settled down some and I was able to get all 350 taps or so in by myself on Saturday. My partner worked in the shack while I tapped. Then we both were in the shack yesterday. A few odds and ends to do but we will be ready for anything that comes this week. We'll let it run on the ground for a day then start collecting. Good luck everyone!

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    Today will just be my 3rd boil. Sap ran well yesterday. We will also be tapping about 300 more, on my lease, the first good flow there was yesterday. We are at about 700, heading for 1000 +/-. We had to remove more trees that were on the lines, 2 were on the mainline, 1 on the wet dry, 2 sap ladders were pushed to the ground. All of this was in about a 4-5 acre area that was good two weeks ago. We have to keep an eye on widow makers, this area also has quite a few hanging, broken branches and tops. Some broke what looks like they were healthy sugar maples off at 20-30' up on trees that range from 6" up to about 10" at the break. I don't remember having that before except when a tornado ran thru many years ago. All we've had are straight line winds, but lots of it. All of this has slowed the tapping considerably in my lease this year.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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