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    Default 2020 Looking forward to looking back

    I finally did it! I bought a house last year with a few maple trees and SWORE I was going to make maple sugar. Well 2/8 was a nice day so...

    here is tree 1 and 2 😜

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    2020 - 1st year 14 taps 1 Gallon Jugs + 4x 5-Gallon Buckets + Propane Grill + lots of headaches so far
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    my 3rd tree I decided to use longer tubing in hope's of a bit of natural vacuum. I think it's got too much horizontal to make much difference so next year I will tap higher. I do have more trees but my pan didnt show up yet so 😬 I didnt want to do more.

    I'll just be boiling or a grill so I'll be freezing what I get atm.

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    I just realized I put this in the wrong place. it should be in the journals. maybe a mod can move it :-)

    Also, I'm in Tolland CT!

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    So with temps never QUITE getting to freezing overnight Sunday into Saturday, sadly almost NO yield yesterday. just this which all but about a cup is from 9ne side of the big tree. interesting to note that it was the tree with the longest drop line that goes I to the driveway. Temps supposedly will go down to 29 tonight so I'm curious if I will se anything tomorrow. Otherwise probably nothing until Sunday when it warms up again. then as of now we should have a couple days in a row to see if I am capable of tapping lol.

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    I almost didnt even check when ai got home since it didnt freeze the night before... Good thing I listened to my wife, I had nearly another gallon of sap! After this freeze on Saturday I'm going to have a LOT to boil, at least I hope!

    I will be curious to see today. it did drop to about 30 last night and will be 40 today supposedly.
    Last edited by TheNamelessPoet; 02-12-2020 at 06:36 AM.
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    What are you using to boil on?
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 gal syrup
    2021 - going for 50 bags and 50 on tubing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pdiamond View Post
    What are you using to boil on?
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 this year it will be this, on a standard outdoor Propane grill (that makes GREAT chicken btw).

    I bought the pan specifically for this (it was inexpensive for year 1) and the family is understanding not to touch it or clean it with anything!

    Upon suggestion of @raptonfan here http://mapletrader.com/community/sho...de-evaporatorI am going to get a new regulator if the boil on Sunday does not go well and I need more heat.

    Part of the reason I have only 5 taps is I want to see how this works out 1st before I all of a sudden have to get a second grill or have to boil until the middle of the morning

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    so excited!!!

    I'm pacing around the house waiting for tomorrow like its Christmas lol

    I got the grill all ready for tomorrow with my new pan. And I am about to tap a couple more trees in hope's of a really good yield in the 1st good day tomorrow. Temps were 6 last night and going to about 25 today, and get to 42 tomorrow. next weekend is supposed to be very good also! In total I should have about 10 taps.

    must likley I'll get it concentrated MOST of the way, then freeze it and combine with next weeks boil to finish it down to sugar. I'll take a quart or 2 of syrup and go down to granulated sugar for the rest. I'm going to use the burner next to the pan to warm the sap up before I put it into the pan to try not to kill the boil with 40 degree sap.
    2020 - 1st year 14 taps 1 Gallon Jugs + 4x 5-Gallon Buckets + Propane Grill + lots of headaches so far
    2021 - 2nd year - 19 Taps

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    so... tapped more
    2020 - 1st year 14 taps 1 Gallon Jugs + 4x 5-Gallon Buckets + Propane Grill + lots of headaches so far
    2021 - 2nd year - 19 Taps

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    and lastly... I am trying these out! they eventually will be cut down because they are in the way in the yard, so I'm not worried if they get destroyed by tapping too young... going to milk them for all they are worth!!!
    2020 - 1st year 14 taps 1 Gallon Jugs + 4x 5-Gallon Buckets + Propane Grill + lots of headaches so far
    2021 - 2nd year - 19 Taps

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