Anyone gearing up to Sugar?

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  1. the fuse

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    We pour the near ready syrup through an old (clean) bed sheet from the pan to a big stock pot for finishing on the stove. Our pan is about 30" by 40". It's custom made for that oil tank evaporating pan we use.
     
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    Lyle, I am good for this season. I'll just tap a few trees this year.

    I almost got the one I posted above last fall when I picked up the small Jotul stove. I got a case of big plans, with little time.
     
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    Leader is manufactured 6 miles from house; plus I might know of a couple older gents giving it up for health reasons
     
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  4. the fuse

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    Nice day for a run today around here.
     
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    Weather is looking better later in week, into next week. Almost time.
     
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    I want to tap my trees again this year, but weather may screw with my plans. I need to set up my cinder block arch, but there's a ton of ice/snow all over still.
     
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    Got some taps from a fried that is getting out of sugaring. I thought it would be fun project to do with the kids.
     
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    I can tell you that I loved sugaring with my Dad. Probably why my bro and I are still doing it 55 years later.
     
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    You won't regret it!
     
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    It won't run here for a good while yet so I won't do mine on bags for awhile. But going to help the FIL this weekend get started on his 2200 taps on vacuum.
     
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    Looked in a bucket of mine today. Got just a little bit of sap in there. Weather here looks good for next week for a run. My daughter is 9 and she loves collecting sap. I used to pull her in my ice fishing sled through the snow to collect the sap. Pulling the sled with one hand, carrying a 5 gallon pail in the other full of sap, as she pelted me with snow balls.
     
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    I just looked at our weather, and it changed quick! Sap should be starting to flow soon.
     
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    Love this!!!
     
  14. Warner

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    The boy and I got some taps in today, a first for us we will see what happens.

    I was given plastic spiles and some hose so we put some 5 gallon buckets out. We also got some metal ones but the guy had sold all of the buckets. There is a sugar house down the road from me that has a huge sign that says we sell sugaring supplies. I went in for some metal buckets the girl said we have some but I don’t know where they are :picard:is everybody eating goober sandwiches these days?
     
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    My original post did not say goober!
     
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    image.jpg Just noticed they are the correct brand!
     
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    We collect with an old shoulder yoke and a couple buckets. The buckets are tapered widest at the bottom and narrower at the top to prevent spilling as you wallow through snow and mud with 80 lb. of sap on your shoulders.
    BTW those old Warner taps are beautiful! Nice pick up Warner!
     
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    Is there a general rule as to how long sap can sit before it is evaporated?
     
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    Totally depends on temps. Generally 2 days
     
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    Oh boy, I gotta get my butt in gear!
     
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