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  1. #571
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    Well was running today but not as good as I was hoping. Expecting the same tomorrow. Think itís time to try vac pumpkins get things jumping. Iíll be adding more taps this week thatís for sure. Iím ready to be swimming in it.
    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. #572
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    Tapped on the weekend, first collection was this afternoon - 620L from 137 buckets, not a bad start!
    2x6 Waterloo pan on an antique Piette & Fils arch

    2019 - 60 buckets, 85L of syrup, 2x4 pan outside
    2020 - 100 buckets, 105L of syrup, 2x6 flat pan in a Redi Rack Shack
    2021 - 137 buckets, 110L of syrup and a homemade RO (why didn't I do this sooner?)

  3. #573
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    Mapleton Twp, SW Ontario
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    How have the rest of you SW Ont folks done this week,? I've had a few leak problem to contend with... But aside from that I'm still finding the trees a little stingy. Only about 2.5 Litres per tap since Monday...

  4. #574
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    Was a bit slower today, 2.85 L/ bucket average. After 2 days collecting I have just over 1000L from 137 taps
    2x6 Waterloo pan on an antique Piette & Fils arch

    2019 - 60 buckets, 85L of syrup, 2x4 pan outside
    2020 - 100 buckets, 105L of syrup, 2x6 flat pan in a Redi Rack Shack
    2021 - 137 buckets, 110L of syrup and a homemade RO (why didn't I do this sooner?)

  5. #575
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    Barrie, Ontario
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    I am in the Barrie area and was surprised at how little sap ran over the past few days. Only about 6 litres per bucket over the 3 days and lower amounts on 3/16 lines. I always believe that a rainy day with low pressure will allow the sap to flow best. Let's hope tomorrow things turn around.

  6. #576
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    Halton Region
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    It’s been dismal for me so far. 835 total Litres collected on 90 buckets is not ideal.

  7. #577
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    Yes, it has not been great. We have about 1100 L so far using 84 buckets. That's since Feb 24. Looking good for next week, hope the forecast holds!!
    2021 - 84 taps, 50L from 2100L
    2020 - 100 taps on buckets, 21L syrup from 2700L so far (FEB 26-Mar 13) and then the pandemic hit! End of our season!
    2019 - 62 taps on buckets, 95L syrop from 3215L sap
    2018 - 62 taps, collecting by hand, 90L syrop from 3200L sap
    2017 - Lapierre Waterloo Small mini pro with 40 taps
    2014 - 2016 40 taps making one or two batches on a 2x6 flat pan over an open arch as it would have been done in 1900

  8. #578
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    So how much trouble will that insane warmth have caused? Any or will trees go immediately back to producing when these cool nights show back up?

  9. #579
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    Should not cause any issues as it was only warm for a short period. Problem with prolonged warm stretches is they promote bacterial growth and tree healing so the tap holes can start to seal off and reduce sap flow. One hot day should not have much impact.
    2021 - 84 taps, 50L from 2100L
    2020 - 100 taps on buckets, 21L syrup from 2700L so far (FEB 26-Mar 13) and then the pandemic hit! End of our season!
    2019 - 62 taps on buckets, 95L syrop from 3215L sap
    2018 - 62 taps, collecting by hand, 90L syrop from 3200L sap
    2017 - Lapierre Waterloo Small mini pro with 40 taps
    2014 - 2016 40 taps making one or two batches on a 2x6 flat pan over an open arch as it would have been done in 1900

  10. #580
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    Feb 2017
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    Redbay Ontario
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    Things started to drip a bit yesterday afternoon but nothing crazy. Natural gravity lines were real slow drip but the vac lines produced ok. I let the pump run till midnight and it was still flowing when I shut it off. Loving my new shurflo setup wish I did it a few years back 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.

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