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  1. #21
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    I hung 40 sap sack on the 25th in Newaygo Mi. Most of my trees were dripping slowly a few were dripping 1 drop every 2 seconds.
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    Last edited by gbwaterski; 02-26-2021 at 06:18 AM.
    2014 15 taps 1 gallon on a turkey burner
    2015 100 taps 10 gallons on a smokey lakes full pint
    2016 188 taps, full pint pan, and a home made RO system

  2. #22
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    Running good here next to the lake.
    5th generation
    2 1/2 Buckets
    815 gravity
    2 new flat pans. Back pan now has 16 V's
    Rebuilt the block arch 3x12
    Homemade pre-heater,steamhood
    MES Dolly RO

  3. #23
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    I’ll be tapping a dozen or so of my best trees tomorrow, hopefully things will be running well here.
    All Sugar Maples
    2017 7 taps on propane & 5 gal pot
    2018 12 taps on propane & 5 gal pot
    2019 17 taps on propane & 5 gal pot, Gen 1 barrel evaporator
    2020 26 taps 2-22-20 - Gen 2 barrel evaporator, DIY 100GPD RO
    2021 cut back some-12 taps Gen 2 barrel evap-too many other projects.

  4. #24
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    We put in 35 taps yesterday before noon. The sap was running out of the holes before we could get the taps in. Haven't checked yet today to see how much, if any, we got; going out to the woods now to do that.
    Tracy

    2011 - 3 gal syrup
    2012 - 4 gal syrup
    2013 - 14 gal syrup

  5. #25
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    Walker, Mi
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    Default Soon!!

    I'm cleaning and organizing today, tapping first thing tomorrow.
    I skipped a few years, was out of the state, so super excited to get back in it 😁

  6. #26
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    We got more than 40 gallons out of the 35 taps that we put in yesterday noon until today at 2. It didn't freeze here, so it must have run all night. I would collect 3 taps and it would be about 4 gallons. Some of my double tapped trees had almost 4 gallons in their buckets. Now it I can just figure out how to keep the racoons out of the buckets...not that they've hit me yet, but last year they did.
    Tracy

    2011 - 3 gal syrup
    2012 - 4 gal syrup
    2013 - 14 gal syrup

  7. #27
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    I hung 343 sap sacks on 2/27. We have collected 140 gallons so far.
    2014 15 taps 1 gallon on a turkey burner
    2015 100 taps 10 gallons on a smokey lakes full pint
    2016 188 taps, full pint pan, and a home made RO system

  8. #28
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    Grawn Michigan
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    Collected a total of 60 gallons of sap for the 1st boil of the season. A single pass through my RB10 brought the ratio down to about 20-1 I now have about 2 gallons of concentrate to finish.
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    Latitude:N 44į 50' 25.0463"
    Longitude:W 85į 38' 57.8906"

    New for 2022 (My 10th year) a 9" CDL Vacuum Filter Press
    2016/2017 12' X 16' Sugar Shack 6/12 pitch roof W/ 3' X 4' Cupola.
    John Deere HPX 4X4 Gator (Pop's left it to me when he died)
    New for 2020 HB10 RO In A Bucket, a game changer.
    2015 Purchased 50 used Bag holders.
    2016 Purchased a home made evaporator and "everything" that went with it.
    20 acre Sugar Bush

  9. #29
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    Not looking good this week, might be done.
    5th generation
    2 1/2 Buckets
    815 gravity
    2 new flat pans. Back pan now has 16 V's
    Rebuilt the block arch 3x12
    Homemade pre-heater,steamhood
    MES Dolly RO

  10. #30
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    First week of my season was decent-boiled on the barrel evaporator Sunday and got 6.5 pints.

    Collected 16 gallons of sap from 12 taps today...
    All Sugar Maples
    2017 7 taps on propane & 5 gal pot
    2018 12 taps on propane & 5 gal pot
    2019 17 taps on propane & 5 gal pot, Gen 1 barrel evaporator
    2020 26 taps 2-22-20 - Gen 2 barrel evaporator, DIY 100GPD RO
    2021 cut back some-12 taps Gen 2 barrel evap-too many other projects.

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