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  1. #591
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    Quite disappointed so far, but I wont give up hope yet... about 1500L of sap from about 200 taps.... Ran it through the RO to 10%. I don't have enough to think about firing up my little 2x6 yet.... Might get a decent run this week, yet.... and if trees don't start to bud, it looks like the week after next could have a couple cool nights. Finger crossed.

  2. #592
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    Past two days things have been pretty good in my bush. Hoping to get past the warm spell and maybe catch that cold snap in the week after. I think I had a drip all night. Ran my pump till 3am temps were at about freezing. Maybe I could have run it all night as I donít think it for much colder and the sap was still flowing. Fired it back on at 9am and going strong at -25inHg.
    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.

  3. #593
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    Dunnville, ON
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    Surprised that for not freezing the night before, that they had enough power to carry on till around 6 pm when they were noticeably slower. Good run I guess. Some trees are just getting going I noticed from the last gathering. Disappointed in some that only had 4" in a 3 gallon bucket for 2 days of running.

    My friend that is helping me, his son in law tapped the trees around his house. In the morning his buckets were mostly over flowing. Did an errand and a few hours later some of his buckets were half full again. Mine have never done that ever.
    2239 total taps. 443 gravity line, 1806 buckets

    3x12 remake of a Small Bros. Lightning evaporator.
    3x9 Darveau raised flue pan, 3x3 D&G reversible finishing pan.
    Reist arch

    94 Argo 8x8 Magnum
    06 Argo 8x8 Avenger with a 100 US gal. poly tank in the back.
    30 - 45 Imperial gallon gathering station barrels
    1200 Imperial gallons in holding tanks
    Husqvarna 61
    Husqvarna 365

  4. #594
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    Feb 2020
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    Campbellville, Ontario
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    Today was my best day so far this season, 633L on 150 buckets. Sadly many were overflowing by the time I got out to collect after work. Yet some only had a few inches. 4.22L per tap on average
    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. #595
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    Redbay Ontario
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    Getting a great run today on the Bruce for me.
    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. #596
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    Mar 2018
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    Halton Region
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    Itís been good for me as well as of late. Iíve collected more sap in the last 7 days than in the previous 2 weeks. Tomorrow and Sunday should be gangbusters! Sitting on about 500 litres right now and expect to get another 800 L or so over the next 2 days. All off of 90 buckets.

    Sunday will be awesome.

  7. #597
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    Everything had some dripping going on but nothing crazy for me. Thought it might have been a better run today but them are the breaks. Hope the trees can make it through the next couple days and might get a last run or two with next weeks kinda cold weather.
    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.

  8. #598
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    Apr 2016
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    Mapleton Twp, SW Ontario
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    Pretty good run over the weekend here...
    Would have had a bit more, but had a freeze-bust problem..... My little pvc manifold on shureflow at the bush, busted the screen filter sediment bowl in half and blew the end out of a 3/4" pvc pipe cap.... This happened at only about -4 degrees... Weird????... I've been using these things for 3 or 4 years at much colder temps, without any freeze damage..

    Going to freeze tonight, so might get another decent run tomorrow... Soft maples are budding here, and its going to be hot this week... Not sure how things will look by the weekend when its supposed to get cold again...

  9. #599
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    Vacuum pump was the only thing that put any sap in the tank over the weekend. Warm weather has likely ended my season very short of my goal this year. Iím thinking if I pull my taps and lines then you guys might get a few more runs. Thatís my kinda luck and If I leave em in then itís probably over lol. Iíll be finishing and bottle the last batch today so I guess we will see. Iíll be lucky if I can hit the 60L of syrup from 160 taps. Was shooting for 100L this season.
    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. #600
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    Feb 2020
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    North Oliphant Ontario
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hkb82 View Post
    Vacuum pump was the only thing that put any sap in the tank over the weekend. Warm weather has likely ended my season very short of my goal this year. Iím thinking if I pull my taps and lines then you guys might get a few more runs. Thatís my kinda luck and If I leave em in then itís probably over lol. Iíll be finishing and bottle the last batch today so I guess we will see. Iíll be lucky if I can hit the 60L of syrup from 160 taps. Was shooting for 100L this season.
    So rough calculation each of you taps produced 15L which when i compare to mine - mine produced 8.5L. You were almost double my output - which speaks to your vacuum as being the way to go.
    I ended my season with 63L from 300 taps. Was expecting to hit at least 100L of syrup.
    Already planning how to improve my output for next season and looking at going with some sort of vacuum setup and going deeper into the bush where some bigger maples live.

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