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  1. #561
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugarmaker Dave View Post
    Sweet - glad to hear you scored some bottles! For sure go for the 150 taps!
    I like the way you think
    2017- first year 80 taps 22x36 home made arch and pan. Plus outside steamer pan setup.

    2018- ???taps same arch. New 8x12 sugar shack with additional 4 feet being added. Plan on setting up 2 gravity lines plus buckets. Prob around 100 taps

    2019- 85 taps 55l syrup 2019 can-am defender hd10 xt

    2020- 100 taps New 4x2 foot pan plus 1x2 pre heat pan. New homemade arch. 6x12 addition added to the shack.

    2021-160 taps. Same everything pretty much.

  2. #562
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    I've got a few hundred gallons of sap in my buckets/tanks - but with cooler temps moving in this week - will put off collection and boil until next week when + temps return.

  3. #563
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    Finally got into the bush this weekend... The snow was tough to work in. Got my 200ft main up and 125ish taps on 3/16 tapped... Trees were producing a little bit... I let that run to the ground, to flush out my lines.
    Hung another 300ft main and marked trees for it. Should be able to get another 100+ taps or so.
    Bigger producers around this neck of the woods, were getting tanks etc set up, Saturday.... Not everyone is tapped yet though. One fella got all the roadside buckets tapped on my road, Saturday... Some have an inch in them and some are empty as of Monday AM.
    With the exception of Wednesday +4, it looks like we will be at freezing temps till next Monday. I think my timing is pretty good, this year.

  4. #564
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    Just received 10 of the Sapmeister tip n dump bag system for my red maples up my lane. Tapped the trees today seems like a cool system anyone else use these before? Not sure about bags hope they hold out in this windy Bruce county lol

  5. #565
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    Well collected my first bit this morning. Prob around 65-75g gal plus another 20 or so at the shack. Finished hanging and tapping the last of my gravity lines so they could flush with today’s run. Much better working in the bush today. Sap was running good so I’ll prob collect again in the am. start my first boil tomorrow. Looks like a few slow cold days coming up. Time to plan my new lines thanks for the push Dave lol.
    2017- first year 80 taps 22x36 home made arch and pan. Plus outside steamer pan setup.

    2018- ???taps same arch. New 8x12 sugar shack with additional 4 feet being added. Plan on setting up 2 gravity lines plus buckets. Prob around 100 taps

    2019- 85 taps 55l syrup 2019 can-am defender hd10 xt

    2020- 100 taps New 4x2 foot pan plus 1x2 pre heat pan. New homemade arch. 6x12 addition added to the shack.

    2021-160 taps. Same everything pretty much.

  6. #566
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    Was hoping to be up to the cottage/sugar shack yesterday but with the change in weather and some cool stuff - decided to put off until Sunday and plan to stay the week. Weather looks good with warmer days and cool nights. Pleased to hear the sap has been running despite cooler temps - I might be pleasantly surprised with what waits for me in the bush when I arrive.
    Harold - like they say go big or go home!

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    I'm in eastern Ontario and i tapped a couple of trees last week..they've been running but not well.
    I'm hoping the best runs start after the 14th when the time changes but it looks like l might have to tap next week!

  8. #568
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    we started tapping last thursday. So far gathered about 950 gallons off 345 taps. Looks like it might freeze up again until monday.
    THOR 20x68"
    2021 305 Buckets and 95 on 3/16 gravity 423L Syrup
    2020 350 Buckets 375L Syrup
    2019 250 Buckets 270L Syrup

  9. #569
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    Good call on holding off Dave. Been pretty cold the past few days Monday looks to be the restart. We had a few day with decent temps though so depending on the last time you were up ya might just be in for that surprise.
    2017- first year 80 taps 22x36 home made arch and pan. Plus outside steamer pan setup.

    2018- ???taps same arch. New 8x12 sugar shack with additional 4 feet being added. Plan on setting up 2 gravity lines plus buckets. Prob around 100 taps

    2019- 85 taps 55l syrup 2019 can-am defender hd10 xt

    2020- 100 taps New 4x2 foot pan plus 1x2 pre heat pan. New homemade arch. 6x12 addition added to the shack.

    2021-160 taps. Same everything pretty much.

  10. #570
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    Today's the day...!! (for me)
    Finished tapping and setting up over the weekend... Did not get a chance to test my shurflow pumps because everything was froze stiff... but they are set up to turn on at about +3.5 degrees... Which should be around noon today. (I set it a little warmer than usual for the first run, just to ensure everything was thawed before they try to start) .... I'll be at work, but Dad will swing by and see what's happening this afternoon and report. Have about 200 taps on shurflow and 30 on a roadside gravity line.... Fingers crossed.

    Edit
    Temp here has gone from -18 to +8 in about 12 hours.... Unreal...

    Just got the report from the bush... One of my 3/4" mainlines is running some sap, but not great... The new one with 70 taps seems to be dry. (gauge is showing about 10inhg running dry)... I suspect the trees are just taking their time thawing out.... The first line has some roadside trees on it, that get more sun... That's my theory anyway... Only other thing would be a big gaping hole in my mainline where the sap is pouring onto the ground.
    Last edited by wmick; 03-08-2021 at 01:35 PM.

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