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  1. #151
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulslund View Post
    That's just the way it goes sometimes. Bigger trees have bigger deeper roots that can also take longer to thaw and send the sap up.. I have some of my big silvers that are giving some sap, and few that have just dripped a bit when drilled, and then nothing. They will eventually give it up. Although, I have a massive silver in my backyard that I tapped one year and barely gave me anything so I haven't it again.. but you have positive history on your side. Sunday or Monday might be the last flow until the warm spell dies down the following week.. Too back Friday is a below freezing day, otherwise I think we'd have a really good run into the weekend..fingers crossed they are wrong!

    Welcome to the addiction! :-)
    Thanks. Yeah I am hoping the flow will start and stay around for a few days. I also know in previous years once it gets too warm my tress did not do anything. But I guess I will need to wait and see.

    Yes I agree it's n addiction

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    We got hit with and unexpected Covid isolation order thanks to a school related possible contact. Everyone here is symptom free and "double negative" but 14 days in isolation is long. We're all out of Covid jail on Friday.

    So, I've been super happy with the cold snap. Turned the taps off completely. Only have 500L or so of sap backlogged. It's been hard to hear the reports from my parents doing all the work while myself and my able bodied family sit around at home. Forecast shows things will pick up. Probably see another 500+ by Saturday. Looks like it will be a long batch boiling weekend.

    Can't wait!

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    Certainly been a disappointing season to this point. I’ve collected about 600 gallons of sap so far. About 1/4 of what I had at this point last year. I always preach patients but the trees better thaw out and wake up soon because the long range forecast is not real promising. Hopefully the weatherman is wrong as usual or it could be a very short season.
    Last edited by Clinkis; 03-17-2021 at 08:06 PM.
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    It's not looking good. Cant compare to last year but compared to the year before we're at about 50%. This weekend looks good but beyond that it appears spring might be knocking! Hoping the weatherman has the long range forecast wrong!
    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by BackyardMapleSyrup View Post
    From my limited research I think I have a sugar and a red although the leave for both are green. I will need to do more research to confirm. However, it does not look like they are ready to bud soon. I have 2 taps each for a total of 4. I know I can have up to 3 each but I tried to play save to keep the tree alive longer. I really hope we have a tsunamis to make it worth while and to get the kids excited They have been waiting too. My neighbour I am not sure what tree does he have. I will need to find out. I am curious.
    Happy to report that my red Maple is finally starting to flow. Did not get much but its a start. I do have a leaky tap (See attached picture) However, my research says this should settle in a day or two. Out of curiosity after two days if there still sap leaking do you guys recommend some plumbers tape to stop the leak?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clinkis View Post
    Certainly been a disappointing season to this point. I’ve collected about 600 gallons of sap so far. About 1/4 of what I had at this point last year. I always preach patients but the trees better thaw out and wake up soon because the long range forecast is not real promising. Hopefully the weatherman is wrong as usual or it could be a very short season.
    I certainly hope that the weatherman is wrong,only boiled once so far to sweeten the pans last Friday.Our best tree next to sugar house that will generally fill the buckets two to three times daily every day is barely running,small trees are outdoing it. Spent all day yesterday walking the bushes repairing leaks,just enough sap running to be able to check. Should be enough to fire again today,but we have a long way to go to make a season out of it and the calendar is winding down
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    Collected another 55+Gal last eve and boiled again.. Ran all night here and I will boil again. After today's collection which will likely be 100 Gal, I estimate I am at 20-25% crop
    Batch boiling 100+ taps on my homemade AUF arch
    Family of 7 that puts syrup on everything

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    Only gathered around 60l so far but the trees ran last night. Very glad that I am NOT having a repeat of last year, though now with the new evap I could probably keep up if I did get those quantities again. So far my season has been more typical...slow start, freezeup for a few days, then they start again and this time in a little more earnest :-) Might have enough today to make it worth firing up the evap!

    ETA: did fire up the evap, went from stone-cold to 225 in 25 minutes. Had a minor snafu to deal with or I'd be letting the fire die down now. I collected 8l more sap so it's in the tank, ready to go!
    Last edited by Galena; 03-18-2021 at 05:14 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Galena View Post
    ETA: did fire up the evap, went from stone-cold to 225 in 25 minutes. Had a minor snafu to deal with or I'd be letting the fire die down now. I collected 8l more sap so it's in the tank, ready to go!
    Hey Galena. What are you boiling in on your new barrel Arch..steam table pans or did you get a commercial pan to put on top of it?

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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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    Only about 70Gal yesterday. -10 last night, no dripping today.. Then this :

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    Batch boiling 100+ taps on my homemade AUF arch
    Family of 7 that puts syrup on everything

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