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  1. #1
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    Default Michigan

    Whats the word guys? Had 12 boils in Feb. 1on 2 off 2 on 3 off etc. Gathered 500 gals. today. Would not bet on the weather the next 2 weeks with your $$$
    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

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    I dunno, we just had our biggest collection of over 250 gallons. That was probably due to all the rain we just got. I know the season started early but it could go on and end at the "usual time." From my notes the past few years, that would be March 21st.
    Daniel & Eleanor Bliese
    Heritage Woods, LLC
    SW Michigan

    Smoky Lake 2x4 raised flue on Corsair arch
    The RO Bucket 80gph Single Post
    100 taps on buckets

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    Our sugarbush and shack is in The Thumb. I did a boil on Monday and the weather there looked great this week. I only have 23 taps but I expect to have a lot to do this weekend. Temps look good for us through Tuesday March 7th. These cold days between runs and boils is half freezing my sap and keeping it fresh all week. Can't complain. We don't live nearby and only boil on weekends. The next possible run looks like around March 15th.
    2021 - First year: 4 taps; Tapped too late; 4.5 gallons of sap
    2022 - 11 taps; 20 gallons of sap
    2023 - 23 taps. 3 gallons of syrup; founded TruNorth Maple Co.
    2024 - 26 (+10) taps; 4.5 gallons of syrup; added RO filter

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    I tapped February 21st. I kind of wish now I would have waited to tap till this weekend. A couple of to warm segments and to much rain. I left 25 taps that I will put in this weekend. According to noaa's climate prediction model the month of March is supposed to be colder than normal, which is great if you are on buckets.

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    One day at a time.
    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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    Well my trees, two big silvers have decided this weekend is it. Flowers are opening.

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    Don't stop just because the flowers open on reds and silvers. You can still make great syrup for several more weeks as long as your taps will run.

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    When I had silvers on the farm they quit running before the sap went buddy.
    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

  9. #9
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    Thumb area. We collected 60 gallons off 23 taps. Temps over the next few days look promising for more.
    2021 - First year: 4 taps; Tapped too late; 4.5 gallons of sap
    2022 - 11 taps; 20 gallons of sap
    2023 - 23 taps. 3 gallons of syrup; founded TruNorth Maple Co.
    2024 - 26 (+10) taps; 4.5 gallons of syrup; added RO filter

  10. #10
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    Bloomingdale, Mi
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    Default slowing down

    We are getting some dry holes and doesnt seem to flow when i think it should. Maybe just the strange year.Maybe need to retap but Im not going to. We've made 42 gallon so far from 178 taps so we're doing good. Average 1 qt per tap, thats always been our rule of thumb. Been a better year than I thought it would be. We'll hang on a while longer and see what happens. May Your Pails Run Full dugit

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