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  1. #21
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    Default Emptied my divided pan

    Well I emptied my divided pan. No sense letting it sit there without sap to put in. With 115 gravity taps I only got 50 gallons of sap in two days. I am not pulling my taps yet, but I don't see any large runs happening soon. I think next year I'm going to tap twice as many trees,, boil like crazy until I get the gallons of syrup I want and then call it a season. I could possibly be done in 2 weeks. (I was getting 85 gallons/day in the first week this year). I'll use a solar vacuum and some long gravity runs down the hill. Less walking around and looking into empty buckets seems like a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRM View Post
    Well I emptied my divided pan. No sense letting it sit there without sap to put in. With 115 gravity taps I only got 50 gallons of sap in two days. I am not pulling my taps yet, but I don't see any large runs happening soon. I think next year I'm going to tap twice as many trees,, boil like crazy until I get the gallons of syrup I want and then call it a season. I could possibly be done in 2 weeks. (I was getting 85 gallons/day in the first week this year). I'll use a solar vacuum and some long gravity runs down the hill. Less walking around and looking into empty buckets seems like a good idea.
    Sorry to hear that you are done so early. I'm still in the game, but I am about the same distance North of Pittsburgh that you are South of Pittsburgh. I'm actually expecting a big run tomorrow because the low tonight is supposed to be about 29 and the high tomorrow is supposed to be about 65. But, even if tomorrow's run pans out, I'll probably finish this year with only a little more than half of my usual amount of syrup.
    Last edited by HowardR; 02-28-2023 at 12:08 PM.
    680 5/16 taps on gravity
    red and sugar maples
    2 Homemade ROs
    Stovetop evaporator
    Filter press by Daryl
    Star San Tube Pump
    Drying rack for hydrometer
    Loves tapping in snow

  3. #23
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    I am pretty much exactly half way between you guys and got a half decent run overnight. Hopefully more today...and maybe a couple more days if it actually freezes tonight ...but the season is near over - tapholes and tree buds are definitely indicating we are close. Definitely a very odd year.
    D. Roseum
    www.roseummaple.com
    ~100 taps on 3/16 custom temp controlled vacuum; shurflo vacuum #2; custom nat gas evap with auto-drawoff and tank level gas shut-off controller; homemade RO #1; homemade RO #2; SL SS filter press
    2021: 27.1 gallons
    2022: 35 gallons

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