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    A little late responding here, Tapped Feb 23 and...

    A little late responding here, Tapped Feb 23 and was done by the March 10th this year. Some of that was for non-maple related reasons, but I might have managed another boil or so. I am far enough...
  2. Hear Hear, Chris. I have a D&G 3 x 10 drop...

    Hear Hear, Chris.

    I have a D&G 3 x 10 drop flue with Cross Flow front pans. I am similar to TedA, plus I clean my pans every boil. Usually between 400 and 800 gallons of sap. I could go...
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    We were late to the game this year since I had...

    We were late to the game this year since I had not tapped seriously in 5 years. Tubing, vacuum lines, releaser, tanks all needed major overhauls, so I did not have my taps ready in time. It's...
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    Well, took about one year, but I now have two...

    Well, took about one year, but I now have two batches (about 3 gallons) of vinegar.

    One batch was put in a fresh oak barrel. It went to the "acetone" stage then back again. It tastes good, but...
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    ha ha...well, I said I was done...but I got a...

    ha ha...well, I said I was done...but I got a little too close to the evaporator today and accidentially lit a fire! LOL

    I had 220 gallons of nasty sap at 1.2+ percent sitting in the woods, so...
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    I was over getting wood yesterday at a friends...

    I was over getting wood yesterday at a friends and while we were talking noticed the buds popped on several silver maples in the yard.

    My tally is 6125 gallons for the year. My last boil is this...
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    Well, I'm not sure I'm getting less % on vacuum. ...

    Well, I'm not sure I'm getting less % on vacuum. My trees are 2 percent or less, even on gravity tubing. I have kept track for several years. Small crowns and great access to water seem to be the...
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    ya know...I would have been ok with ending this...

    ya know...I would have been ok with ending this season WITHOUT burning my pan.

    Got talking to dad and forgot to remove the plug. ARGH.

    soaking in acid for the night...at least it was the...
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    Got just over 200 gal boiled tonight. Just too...

    Got just over 200 gal boiled tonight. Just too beat to get out there and stay up late.

    I have around 1000 gal in the tanks left to boil. I think after that I'm done for the season. Trees only...
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    Got another 1,000 gal today@1.6 percent. ...

    Got another 1,000 gal today@1.6 percent. Releaser is still dumping every 10 min. I'm over 5,000 for the year, and I'm pooped.
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    Well, got 2/3 of a cord of tinder dry wood...

    Well, got 2/3 of a cord of tinder dry wood tonight.

    The man who got me into sugaring has since gone on to be with the Lord (died of lymphoma), but his wife remarried and volunteered wood if I...
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    Well, no warped pan for me (yet)...but have two...

    Well, no warped pan for me (yet)...but have two mishaphs to fess up (thanks Jim for getting this started).

    1. Two nights ago, I was adjusting the position of my releaser on the top of my tanks...
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    Ha...no problem with the flood, the water has...

    Ha...no problem with the flood, the water has receeded! LOL...canoe for collecting, that would be a photo opportunity.

    Well, another 1000 gal collected today. West, south, north...east....at 26"...
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    Wow...one week turnaround for a pan. Glad to...

    Wow...one week turnaround for a pan. Glad to hear Bryan is still hanging in there. Everyone who has dealt with Iansons have stories to tell about good service.

    Ran about 800 gallons so far...
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    MapleMe - You may want to do some looking at...

    MapleMe - You may want to do some looking at other preheaters. It seems like too much pipe length in series...you may have boiling or vapor lock issues. As Haynes said...you need a vent or two. ...
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    Yes, the run has begun. I boiled the 400 gallons...

    Yes, the run has begun. I boiled the 400 gallons that I had by 5 pm today. Since then, I have around 250 gallons more (need to get sleeping and not checking tanks :))

    Pump will be running all...
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    Good to see all the PA'ers on here! Yes,...

    Good to see all the PA'ers on here!

    Yes, Gary....it's like a never ending walk in the woods with tubing and vacuum. I discovered a line off yesterday and a weird vacuum block...must have been...
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    Only hit 37 degrees today after about 15 degrees...

    Only hit 37 degrees today after about 15 degrees last night.

    Still got about 100 gallons of sap, mainly between 3 and 6 pm.

    If tonight does not get too cold, the rain and 40 degrees could...
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    Wow...seems like drama central in maple...

    Wow...seems like drama central in maple land...and it's only the first run! :)

    Dave Y and others....Not sure what I would do with 1% sap, but I'm not much better at 1.5%. The lowest I've ever...
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    Wow, Chris...sounds like fun. Don't have my new...

    Wow, Chris...sounds like fun. Don't have my new pan on the rig...had to quit and start tapping this week.

    Turtlecreek - Gotta love the 3 am boils! Sugarin aint for wimps! ;)

    Amazingly, I...
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    There have been threads on this in the past. ...

    There have been threads on this in the past. Only 25 degrees shouldn't be a big deal, but I used to be in the camp of leaving my sap in the pans for long periods until I had a TIG weld split last...
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    Got through 300 gallons this evening after...

    Got through 300 gallons this evening after getting the evaporator cleaned. Still 1,000 gal to go tomorrow.

    Running at 1.5% as well. Probably less by the time the little grubbies get done with...
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    Got home from a church meeting and the tanks were...

    Got home from a church meeting and the tanks were running over. I have about 800 gallons from the last 24 hours. Would have had a bit more, but didn't start vacuum till this morning. spent 13...
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    460 +/- taps in as of 9 pm. Dad and Abby did...

    460 +/- taps in as of 9 pm. Dad and Abby did 200, and Andrew and myself the other 260 (but we didn't start till 4:30 pm).

    The kids were helping all day...so sleeping should be good tonight!!!
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    Work schedule got me this year...was supposed to...

    Work schedule got me this year...was supposed to be tapped yesterday, but now a day and a half behind. Squirrels have bee brutal this year.

    Need to do more repairs this AM, then start tapping...
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