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  1. #81
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    Next week's weather has taken a turn for the better compared to what was forecasted even just a few days ago.. Might be a small boil this weekend and much better boil the following weekend! Kind of bitter sweet.. have to say goodbye to the sledding while I say hello to the sapping this year..

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    2021 -29 trees -23 on tubing, 6 on buckets. ~1240 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: TBD
    2020 -30 trees 32 taps. ~900 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 27.1 litres of syrup.
    2019 -27 trees 31 taps. ~725 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 22.2 litres of syrup.
    2018 -19 Trees 20 taps. ~750 Litres sap collected (~50 spoiled ). Syrup count -18 litres syrup
    2017 -4 trees 4 taps. ~60 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 1.5 litres of syrup

  2. #82
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    Starts to warm up here Tuesday but i wonder how long it will take the big trees to thaw, it has been so cold?
    I like to tap when the trees are really flowing.That long range forecast really changes a lot! I tapped a small tree
    Feb. 25 which has only dribbled a litre or or so on warm days.

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    Hey all, I am sooo frickin excited....finished geting the barrel evap done, fired it up and like within 20 min was going hot enough to boil the inch or so of smow I put in the pan for the test run. And the sides are nice and cool, I don't feel like I'm getting blasted by heat. Just filled the pan with snow to burn to see how long it may take to get a pan of sap going, but I am so happy that it's working so well!!

    Oh btw I chose to not mortar the bricks into place. Just wedged them in tight with some sand in between them.

    Planning on tapping tomorrow. Later!
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup

  4. #84
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    Wicked Iím glad everything worked out great for ya. I would have done the same thing and not mortared this close just get er done and start Boiling. Great off season job. Have fun tapping tomorrow and hope itís gushing out for ya.
    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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    Thanks so much for your advice Hkb82 - I did return the CT bricks and went to Hoffman's for proper firebricks. Paid total of like $85 for 26 from them...well worth it! And even after it melted all the snow I chucked in and was down to embers, it was still a good 160. Went up to 230 np when it was really cranking and that was on barely any wood, just scrap stuff. Now I feel that I can get down to dealing with 70l daily gushers!
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup

  6. #86
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    Supposed to warm up today to get the sap flowing. Good luck to everyone. Canít see it running too great yet,snow still up against the trees,no wells around the trees yet. Been too cold to even wash the tanks or anything yet,the bushes that are tapped havenít run any sap out yet to clean the lines. Tomorrow might be a better day if the snow gets away from the trees today
    7th generation maple producer in sugarhouse built in 1892
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galena View Post
    Hey all, I am sooo frickin excited....finished geting the barrel evap done, fired it up and like within 20 min was going hot enough to boil the inch or so of smow I put in the pan for the test run. And the sides are nice and cool, I don't feel like I'm getting blasted by heat. Just filled the pan with snow to burn to see how long it may take to get a pan of sap going, but I am so happy that it's working so well!!

    Oh btw I chose to not mortar the bricks into place. Just wedged them in tight with some sand in between them.

    Planning on tapping tomorrow. Later!
    Pics or it didn't happen!

    The boiling process is so much more enjoyable when it's a smooth process. Taps going in at lunch today here too! tap tap tap thock!

    Long range forecast has changed again.. not as warm on Monday/Tuesday.. I think I'll just stop looking at it.. I get too confused!
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    2021 -29 trees -23 on tubing, 6 on buckets. ~1240 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: TBD
    2020 -30 trees 32 taps. ~900 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 27.1 litres of syrup.
    2019 -27 trees 31 taps. ~725 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 22.2 litres of syrup.
    2018 -19 Trees 20 taps. ~750 Litres sap collected (~50 spoiled ). Syrup count -18 litres syrup
    2017 -4 trees 4 taps. ~60 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 1.5 litres of syrup

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    paulslund I was too excited that it was working so well to take pics! :-)
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup

  9. #89
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    Put 86 taps in yesterday all on buckets. Weíve been holding off because the temps have been unseasonably low but this week is looking promising. Hereís hoping we get some flow this week !

    Rodmeister....
    We got a Lapierre 2x6, their new Vision series. We got 400 gal of storage. The evaporator is rated for 100 - 150 taps so we too may be a little on the low end in terms of number of taps but weíll see how it goes. Weíll just roll with what the sap gods and weather gods throw at us but the plan is to go up to over 100 taps next year. Iíll report back here our experience.

    Good luck all.

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    Just finished tapping...south side of #5 getting things off to a start as that spile always does. Wow are my spiles ever in rough shape! If anyone has metal ones to sell please let me know. Yes, I've tried the plastic spiles. My trees spit them out.

    ETA: #5 banging away on all spiles, the bush maples are going. I hate that my bush maples spile holes always leak, no matter how careful I am. Hope the leaks dry up! :-/
    Last edited by Galena; 03-09-2021 at 12:22 PM.
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup

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