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Old March 21st, 2014, 07:20 AM
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Put in 125 taps on snowshoes yesterday. What a job walking through the snow even on snowshoes. Most were dripping some. Was surprised as it was only 25 degrees when I started. Going out today to pack down the trails.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 08:30 AM
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Put in 125 taps on snowshoes yesterday. What a job walking through the snow even on snowshoes. Most were dripping some. Was surprised as it was only 25 degrees when I started. Going out today to pack down the trails.
Good for you Merklin. I have been having a hard time keeping patient on the tapping. With yesterday's super snow it's still to darn deep. Today may be a good day to get out with the snowshoes. I could actually walk on top of the wet snow on Thursday. Sat out in the driveway in a lawnchair and tshirt
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 09:42 AM
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How much snow did you get yesterday (Friday). I tap South of Winter and have been holding off tapping due to cold and snow. Did the snowshoe trail thing yesterday and it was snowing hard with big wet flakes when I left at 2pm.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 08:08 AM
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Gramacindy nice to hear you got some decent weather, we haven't had that here yet.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 08:22 PM
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We actually only got a few inches of snow even though at times you could hardly see. It was wet and heavy, but when I got the snow blower out the next day it had dried up and was easy to move. Will go out tomorrow and work on the trails. Looks like good weather by next weekend. Waiting on my flow valve for the preheater I made this year and have ready to go mounted in the hood with a head tank (35 Gal).
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Old March 24th, 2014, 10:52 PM
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Gramacindy nice to hear you got some decent weather, we haven't had that here yet.
Just one 3 hour span adk, nothing exciting. Darnit
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Old March 25th, 2014, 10:02 AM
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Got my float valve yesterday. I am installing it today. Can't wait for a run. Will be nice not having to pour in sap every 5-10 minutes.
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Old March 26th, 2014, 09:19 PM
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no snow to speak of left on the ground and we did get a dusting monday night down south but not doing much better with the cold weather.I have had 60 taps in for almost three weeks now and have only collected about 160 gallons so far and I have another 22 taps to put in yet...looks like maybe a good run starting Friday-Sunday, rain and overcast tomorrow
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Yesterday was our first day of trees dripping, lots of snow yet and more on the way for Monday. I'll have over half our taps out by the end of the day.
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Old April 1st, 2014, 09:42 AM
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Collected 35 gallons of sap from 125 taps. Not as good as I had hoped for. I did get to boil the sap yesterday. My preheater (I built) and the new float valve almost made it too easy after many years of preheating the sap in pans and ladling or pouring it in. All I had to do was keep the fire fed and think about the changes I will be making in the evaporator I am planning on building this summer. Temps today at 5 a.m. were 31 degrees. Now at 8:40 a.m. is 24 degrees. Nothing going to happen again today.
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