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  1. #11
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    Weather looks good for the next 7 days. Keep your fingers crossed maybe we'll make some more syrup yet.

  2. #12
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    We put 200 taps in around 2/27. Sap flows have decent so far. Collected over 200 gals today alone so the new Smoky Lakes is going to get a work out tonight.

    Happy sugaring to you all!
    New To Maple in 09'
    16' x 24' Sugarhouse
    Smoky Lakes Corsair Arch
    2' x4' Smoky Lakes Hybrid Drop Flue Pan
    200 Taps On Bags
    IH 806 Diesel & Allis WD
    2 Horses, Black cattle & Yes Chickens
    An Aussie Named Mable Sugar
    Wife, Kids And A Couple Of Friends To Help!

  3. #13
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    Castalia, Iowa; Winneshiek County
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    Hello Mounder - This is your neighbor from Oregon that makes syrup in Iowa. We are thinking about a Smoky Lake. How do you like yours by now?

  4. #14
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    We like it very much. We purchased the hybrid pan several seasons ago and added the Corsair arch this year. It seems to be evaporating nicely. We are feeding wood on a stack temp now instead of the clock, which is also going well. Everyone at Smoky Lakes was great to deal with. We have quite a few of their things around the sugarhouse these days. Not a bad drive from our neck of the woods either, plus it gave us an excuse to spend a few days in Door County this summer!
    New To Maple in 09'
    16' x 24' Sugarhouse
    Smoky Lakes Corsair Arch
    2' x4' Smoky Lakes Hybrid Drop Flue Pan
    200 Taps On Bags
    IH 806 Diesel & Allis WD
    2 Horses, Black cattle & Yes Chickens
    An Aussie Named Mable Sugar
    Wife, Kids And A Couple Of Friends To Help!

  5. #15
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    Pulled my taps yesterday. Currently sitting at 1 gallon and a 1/2 pint of syrup made. I have 5 gallons of sap in the fridge from my trees and thanks to a fellow syrup maker have an additional 20 gallons of sap to boil. So today I'm doing the last boil of the year.

  6. #16
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    Walnut,Il
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    Sap holding at 2%. Yield going down, I'm at 66% of last year's production, it is getting a little cloudy but making good syrup.Hoping to get another week, we'll see.Marc

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