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  1. #11
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    Second boil of the year started today. Have around 15 gallons of sap collected. It's finally running again today after not getting above freezing for a week or so.DSCF1433.jpg

    Ended up with 40 ounces of finished syrup, that makes 104 ounces for the season.
    Last edited by BBAMS; 02-05-2023 at 09:18 PM.

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    Put out 66 taps(on drops to buckets)on Jan. 11th. Within 2 weeks had just under 3.5 gallons of syrup. Was going to pull taps(have other trees to tap later in the season), glad I didn't. The next week's forecast looks good. Collected another 30ish gallons of sap this morning.20230112_111154.jpg20230119_200407.jpg

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    How do you like that little Starcat evaporator?
    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 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pdiamond View Post
    How do you like that little Starcat evaporator?
    Loving it so far. Much more efficient than using turkey fryer pots over an open fire. Should have bought one years ago.

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    Anyone still tapped? We tapped 210 on Feb 13th and have had some incredibly large flows this season (best was 800 gallons in 24 hours on the first week of tapping). We are still making syrup although the sugar is down and flows are starting to slow. The weather this season is some of the best I have experienced in my 6 years of making syrup.
    Camp Wokanda
    Peoria Park District

    2023 - 210 on 3/16 shurflo, sap storage shack w/ 1100 gallon tank - 123 gallons
    2022 - 210 on 3/16 shurflo, homemade vac filter & water jacket canner - 104 gallons
    2021 - 215 on 3/16 shurflo, added 2nd membrane to RO - 78 gallons
    2020 - 210 on 3/16 shurflo, upgraded hp pump on RO - 66 gallons
    2019 - 150 on 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 dolly RO - 73 gallons
    2018 - 120 on 3/16 shurflo, 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons

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    Taps are still out, but today makes 2 months since I put the out. Reds were still flowing ahead of the last snow storm. Silvers have slowed considerably. I'm out of firewood, starting to see mold on bucket lids, I'm cleaning everything up tomorrow and calling it a season. Looking forward to a normal sleep schedule again.

  7. #17
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    Pulled taps yesterday and final boil on evap today. Still need to finish pan sweet on the stove. 121 gallons on 210 taps. A great syrup season!
    Camp Wokanda
    Peoria Park District

    2023 - 210 on 3/16 shurflo, sap storage shack w/ 1100 gallon tank - 123 gallons
    2022 - 210 on 3/16 shurflo, homemade vac filter & water jacket canner - 104 gallons
    2021 - 215 on 3/16 shurflo, added 2nd membrane to RO - 78 gallons
    2020 - 210 on 3/16 shurflo, upgraded hp pump on RO - 66 gallons
    2019 - 150 on 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 dolly RO - 73 gallons
    2018 - 120 on 3/16 shurflo, 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons

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