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    Default Central Ontario Tapping

    Well I am already to tap just need the weather to start to look promising. We had another 6-8 inches last night and today due to squalls, it this winter ever end?
    Jerome

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    Another non-starter this week we are now under a wind chill warning and snow squall watch, I have to get out the tractor once again to blow out the driveway as it is drifted in. Foe some reason I kept track last year of how many times I had to blow out the drive (11) so far this year it is 42 not including today.
    It is looking good according to Accuweather after the 7th I will believe it when I see it.
    Jerome

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    Just looking at the long range forecast. Looks like we will finally be getting some sap flow after the 15th of March, the good thing is it looks like a good long run after that. I guess I will finish cleaning out the shack this weekend and tap next, finally.
    Jerome

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    I was taught that the rule of thumb for our area was tap on St. Patty's Day.
    The last couple years and climate change made that a joke, but this year it looks
    like it on the mark

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    I tapped today, man that wind was cold this morning, sun is out now and has been for about 3 hours just at freezing so not really expecting much today.
    Brent I saw on your website that you are not doing it this year, hope everything is OK.
    Jerome

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    First sap of 2014!!!
    Jerome

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    It's a beautiful thing Jerome. We all needed to see that after such a long winter.
    ~ Karen ~

    2012 - 10 taps, 1 turkey fryer - 169.5L sap 4.2 L syrup
    2013 - 23 taps, 2 turkey fryers - 748.5 L sap 17.56 L syrup

    2014 - 22 taps, 509 L sap 12.5 L syrup
    2015 - 28 taps, 1093.75 L sap 25.1 L syrup
    2016 - 25 taps, 1223.5 L sap 28.25 L syrup
    2017 - 21 taps, 518.5 L sap 12.7 L syrup
    2018 - 28 taps, 2 turkey fryers & Denali 3 burner propane stove - 798L sap 16.9 L syrup
    2019 - 28 taps, 1409.5L sap 40.12L syrup

    Sugar, Norway, Manitoba, Silver and Freeman Maples



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    I'm just south of Huntsville, saw some sap flow on Friday afternoon for the first time.
    It is -10 in the sun now.
    As this is my first time I was excited to see sap.

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    Tapped last weekend. Although it ran on Friday (March 14), I only got about 200L of sap - not enough to start the evaporator.
    1973: 80 taps, black Soap kettle on a tripod
    1974 - 1986: 100 taps, 2 X 3 pan on blocks
    1987 - 2004: Helped friend with 18" X 60" drop flue
    2005 - 2011: 2' X 6' Phaneuf (dropflue) in 12 X 20 sugar shack
    2012: 250 taps, all gravity lines
    2014: 325 taps, gravity

    http://www.runnningchallenged.blogspot.com

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    Well looks like were on the slow start to 2014, we taped the fist of march and it warm up enough last weekend to vacuum out the lines, got home last night to see that the sap had run and by the looks of things the lines are fully charged, I think we are a step in the right direction!

    All the best to every one this year!
    Mike

    2x6 3 Flat Pans Small Brother
    with blower

    Stainless Steel Evaporator
    Home Made Back Steam Hood with pre-heater

    600 + Tap
    Delaval VP 76 gas powered vacuum system to The Sugar Shack
    Restoring and still having Fun!

    http://s270.photobucket.com/albums/jj90/mikes-maple/

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