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  1. #601
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    Quote Originally Posted by WI Sugarpop View Post
    I checked our bag woods on Monday and all bags were flying so when I stopped yesterday late morning many bags were full. I was surprised. By the time I got back to collect they were running over. The ones on the North side of woods were finally doing something. Tomorrow will be 8 weeks for us. Will be pulling taps on Monday and then cleanup.
    I’m wondering too if Monday is the last day! Whata season! What if there is another week left?
    2x6 Smokey Lake raised flue w/AUF
    16x30 Sugar Shack
    7" SL SS filter press
    Smokey Lake water jacketed finish pan & bottler
    350 RO
    517 taps and I seem to keep finding more!

  2. #602
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    Figured it's time to wake this thread up! Everyone getting ready? All set here for whenever the weather says go. I am really glad I put my tubing up during the nice January weather!
    42.82N
    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.

  3. #603
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    I have most of my woods work done thanks to the warm spell in early January. Long range forecast looks like 3 to 4 weeks before tapping. Good luck this year.
    Smoky Lake 2x6 dropflu pans and hoods on homemade arch
    Smoky Lake 6 gallon water jacked bottler
    Concentric Exhaust
    250 Deer Run RO
    325 taps

  4. #604
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    Stumbled into the opportunity of a good lot of sugar maples from a coworker not too far from home. Good slope, enough drop at the end to make 3/16 worth it. So, time to scramble to get that going - need tubing, storage, fittings, transfer pump.... The little 2x4 is going to be working hard if the season ever shows up
    42.82N
    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.

  5. #605
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    I looked at last year, I finished up April 23rd.
    1960 - 1970s 70 taps on galvanized buckets with Dad and Grandpa.
    1970s - 1985 Acted crazy!
    1986 - 2005 20-30 buckets.
    2006- 2017 70 buckets and bags
    2017-2019 100 bags and buckets 1 36X42 flat pan.
    Lots of Family and Friends and a dog named Skyy!

  6. #606
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    Tapped 3 trees today to test & 2 were dripping well. I'm in Racine, so I may go ahead & tap all tomorrow. Previou years I had tapped sooner, but with all this snow... It still may be early, but I have to be done April 8th no matter what
    2017 - 6 taps, steam table pans over open firepit
    2018 - 40 taps in 35 trees, 14.3 gallons of syrup, Smokey Lake 2x3 evaporator, overwhelmed with sap and gave away 60 gallons
    had help from the hubby
    2019 - Planning 33 taps, Husband is excited and trying to take over my hobby.
    42.77° N

  7. #607
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmish View Post
    Tapped 3 trees today to test & 2 were dripping well. I'm in Racine, so I may go ahead & tap all tomorrow. Previou years I had tapped sooner, but with all this snow... It still may be early, but I have to be done April 8th no matter what
    Good to know! I'm planning on waiting out the next cold snap. Let us know how they run this weekend.
    42.82N
    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.

  8. #608
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    Changed my mind, I will wait a week or so to tap. Test taps going well today, but all that solid cold coming in next week has convinced me to wait. I'm usually a few degrees warmer than the weather forecast but the fore cast seems to keep changing lower and lower
    2017 - 6 taps, steam table pans over open firepit
    2018 - 40 taps in 35 trees, 14.3 gallons of syrup, Smokey Lake 2x3 evaporator, overwhelmed with sap and gave away 60 gallons
    had help from the hubby
    2019 - Planning 33 taps, Husband is excited and trying to take over my hobby.
    42.77° N

  9. #609
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    Appleton, Wisconsin
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    Keep us posted. I am putting a test tap out after the first of March. I am about 2 hours north of you and will also wait out the next cold snap.
    80 Taps on Buckets
    Smoky Lake 2x4 Continuous Corsair Arch

    Slurping Sap Since 2011.

  10. #610
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    Doesn't look like anything happening for awhile. A year ago today we had 640 gal of sap collected already. I need to make a quick trip to Tuscon March 4 thru 7 so when I get back, we will get tapped in. Then it may be fast and furious.
    140 on 3/16 gravity 2018 and 120 sap sacks
    14 x 20 sugar shack
    2014 New custom 2x6 arch "The Firestorm" w/ preheater, AUF & AOF
    Smokey Lake pans and water jacket bottler
    Just a hobby but seems like more work every year
    No chickens or dogs
    Wife that guards our syrup
    43.74° N

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