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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Oneida NY

    Default I think I can see the end from here

    The forecast looks like I may collect the last sap of the season Saturday Morning. There will be a freeze tomorrow and Friday mornings, then no freeze until next Wednesday (30 F) maybe. That will likely be the end. The temperatures will be in the 60's 2 of those days leading up to Wednesday's 30 F forecast. I would guess it's time for the fat lady to sing.
    Besides, I need to put up my wife's greenhouse next week too. Then pull taps and clean lines and pack another barrel for bourbon barrel aging, this time a 15 gal one. I keep working up in size but somehow I doubt I will get up to the 53 gal barrels that seem to be easier to find.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, downsized after I lost my help, about 450-500 planned for 2021 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    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
    website: www.cnymaple.com

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2011
    River Falls, WI


    I'm in a similar boat. Freeze tonight, and that's it until the middle of next week. My wife would probably be really happy if I quit trying to collect sap and put up her greenhouse too!
    Second generation sap rat.

    Started taking over in 2012
    2012-2016: 300 buckets 120 on gravity tubing. Waterloo 2x10 wood fired. Averaged 105 gallons per season.
    2017: hoping for 300 on 3/16 with Shurflo and 50 buckets. New used 4x14 Algier wood fired cooker. 180 gallons of syrup

    2018: 300 on vacuum 2 buckets, finally got a splitter!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Leeds County,Ontario,Canada


    Signs are appearing here too. Daffodils are poking through the ground,hyacinths also now,killdeers are back,and my Uncle saw a garter snake yesterday,which is usually a sign that the end is very near. Already above last years total,may have to get more containers again
    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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