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  1. #1
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    Default Eastern Ontario 2023

    So watching the weather forecast and wasn't concerned about the warm spell this week as originally next week was still cold.. but now the forecast for next week shows great sap flow weather, but then a deep freeze by the following weekend. I know it's still a ways out, but I'm nowhere near the mindset to start putting out my tubing (I also have a concern I may have ruined it all) and I still have a lot of prep work in the shack, my pump needs bearings replaced, and assembling my RO (parts were just recently delivered about 2 weeks behind!). I thought I was still about 2+ weeks away until I saw the weather...

    If the forecast holds, is anyone else in the Ottawa and surrounding areas getting their taps in for next week's supposed mild temps and get a first run in? I'm debating whether to rush to get all set up this weekend or just let it be and wait until the next warm front. I don't think it will take long for sap to flow as there really isn't much in terms of frozen ground. I mean, the snowmobiling really just started about 1.5 weeks ago here, and I'm already afraid we'll lose it..
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    2023 -30 trees -24 vacuum, 6 buckets. ~1,845 L sap; Syrup count: 49.25L
    2022 -30 trees -24 vacuum, 6 buckets. ~1,530 L sap; Syrup count: 48.65L
    2021 -29 trees -23 vacuum, 6 buckets. ~1240 L sap; 34.5L of syrup
    2020 -30 trees 32 taps. ~900 L sap; 27.1L Syrup.
    2019 -27 trees 31 taps. ~725 L sap; 22.2L Syrup.
    2018 -19 Trees 20 taps. ~750 L sap; 18 L Syrup
    2017 -4 trees 4 taps. ~60 L sap; 1.5 L Syrup

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    We aren't planning to start tapping until Family Day weekend - we need 4 days with a couple crews to get tapped plus another couple in the sugar camp before we can boil. At least the warmer weather will knock the snow depth down a bit. It's still early...
    4,600 Taps on vacuum
    9,400 gallons storage
    3 tower CDL RO
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    Yeah the temps we're seeing now are awfully tempting, but I don't like the look of the weather from the 15-21. Planning on holding off til the first week of March. Don't want to hurt my trees and trying to get in an early run just seems too risky to make it worthwhile.
    Been tapping since 2008.
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave away about 170l, 30l snafu'd....23l total for me from approx 690l
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup
    2022 - 18 taps/8 trees....7 sugars 1 red due to #2 having surgery so had the season off....582l sap, 18.5l syrup
    2023 - 18 taps/8 trees...all sugars again. 807l sap, so far approx 14l syrup

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    I’ve been playing with this sugaring hobby (addiction if you ask my wife) for 6 years and I’m finally starting to ignore that first urge to tap. It seems like every year we get what looks like the perfect week to start, which never runs very much despite the temps, which is followed by a couple weeks of not so great temps and nothing in the buckets. This year I will not resist my laziness and hold off until March as well. Im in the long sault area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corey_d View Post
    Iíve been playing with this sugaring hobby (addiction if you ask my wife) for 6 years and Iím finally starting to ignore that first urge to tap. It seems like every year we get what looks like the perfect week to start, which never runs very much despite the temps, which is followed by a couple weeks of not so great temps and nothing in the buckets. This year I will not resist my laziness and hold off until March as well. Im in the long sault area.
    Good idea. I find the February weather patterns to be too fickle to be trustworthy. In 15 years of tapping I've only tapped in February one year, and that was a somewhat freakish season. Of course we can also get crazy weather in March but February always seems to be the worst.
    Been tapping since 2008.
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave away about 170l, 30l snafu'd....23l total for me from approx 690l
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup
    2022 - 18 taps/8 trees....7 sugars 1 red due to #2 having surgery so had the season off....582l sap, 18.5l syrup
    2023 - 18 taps/8 trees...all sugars again. 807l sap, so far approx 14l syrup

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    Going to tap 1/2 our trees this weekend to catch the early run we should have. Will wait to tap the rest until can get a better look at the forecast for the rest of the month.
    2022/23 167 taps (shared with a neighbour)
    2021 85 taps
    2020 112 taps
    2019 41 taps on 3/16 line, 2x6 oil tank evaporator
    2018 10 buckets, neighbour's homemade 2x3 arch

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    Hi everyone!
    What a weird winter.....logged in this morning to see what others were doing.
    We were out splitting firewood for next year and boy did it feel like a "sugrain' day".
    We will wait until at least after this next cold snap forecasted for this weekend and then maybe drag everything out and start cleaning.
    Probably won't tap until close to early March though.

    Good luck to everyone, hope the season goes well.......

    Brent
    2022 - 21 taps: 470 litres of sap / 15.75 litres of syrup (stopped season short)
    2021 - took the season off
    2020 - 20 taps: 524 litres of sap / 18.75 litres of syrup
    2019 - 14 taps: 416 litres of sap / 15.25 litres of syrup
    2018 - 9 taps (309 litres) + a generous neighbour (114 litres): 423 litres of sap / 14.5 litres of syrup
    2017 - 4 taps: 55 litres of sap / 1.5 litres of syrup (just enough to get us hooked)

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    Hey Wisers! Glad to see you back on board for this year! Yep looking at the 24th on, not liking those minus double digits at all. So gonna continue holding off til my usual tapping season of early March.
    Been tapping since 2008.
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave away about 170l, 30l snafu'd....23l total for me from approx 690l
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup
    2022 - 18 taps/8 trees....7 sugars 1 red due to #2 having surgery so had the season off....582l sap, 18.5l syrup
    2023 - 18 taps/8 trees...all sugars again. 807l sap, so far approx 14l syrup

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    Put out my 50 spiles yesterday (Sunday) afternoon with the assistance of my daughter. Collected for the first time this evening and trees were producing well. Gathered 224L, just shy of 4.5L of sap per spile. Should be an interesting week.
    50 trees, 1 spile per tree
    homemade outdoor fire box crudely made from concrete slabs
    5 steamer trays as pans

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    Put out a 100 taps and collected around 50 gallons last night. Too early - but what the hell - need something to do.
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    2018 - 65 taps - 494G Sap - 11.6G Finished Syrup (flat pan w. converted oil tank stove).
    2019 - 100 taps - 514G Sap - 19.2G Finished Syrup (flat pan w. converted oil tank stove).
    2020 - 137 taps - 735G Sap - 20G Finished Syrup (Continuous flow pan).
    2021 - 126 taps - 288G Sap - 8.45G Finished Syrup (Continuous flow pan).
    2022 - 120 taps - 811G Sap - 21 G Finished Syrup (Continuous flow pan).
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