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Mud - ugh
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SteveB    Posted 03-05-2004 at 04:48:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ground was just starting to dry out to where I could walk in the yard or fields without boots and we get 1.4 inches of rain last night. Wife called and wanted to know if I had trouble getting to work as the waterway behind the house is flowing about 60' wide. Looks like I won't be pulling any fences this weekend.

Sap is probably done running as it hasn't been below freezing in a week so will boil that tomorrow.

Salmoneye    Posted 03-05-2004 at 05:00:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Raining a bit here...

Frost is still pretty deep here...Snowpack is gone or going fast, but the sap hasn't even started here...Probably mentioned it before, but my first boil to sweeten the pans last year wa 3/10...Final boil was 4/14...

Yesterday I finished the shack...Arch lined with new ceramic blanket, pans set, leveled and connected...

I still have two more branch lines to finish up, but the soonest it will run here is Sunday...Saturday night the cold moves back in and the fun begins...

Dang...I do so love this guessing game LOL

PS.....How many taps you have, what are you using for an evaporator, and where do you live again?...Enquiring minds want to know...

SteveB    Posted 03-05-2004 at 05:11:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't have much for trees. You pointed me in the direction of Bascum Maple Farms a few weeks ago so I have 15 taps out. Trees are all silver maple so quality isn't the greatest but I gotta live with what I got. Boil in a cast iron kettle. I'll post pics on Monday if the weather cooperates and I can boil. Live in NE IL, about 100 miles SW of Chicago.

Salmoneye    Posted 03-05-2004 at 05:29:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now I remember...Forgive me, please, but I live 'sap' this time of year and I forget who I have talked to and about what...

I am going to give you a friendly warning here...

This is an addiction...Once you get sap in your veins, you are done for...

Lets see...15 taps this year...All summer you will find yourself driving down the road craning your neck looking in your neighbors yards and woods looking for more trees...You will soon be able to spot a winter naked maple at 1/4 mile at 60 MPH...

100 taps next year on a barrel evap...the year after you will be closer to 200 on a 2x6 and then the year after you get to 300 and have them all piped to your new shack and all on vacuum and of course you had to move and buy an old farm with a whole hillside of Acer Saccharum and then...


SteveB    Posted 03-05-2004 at 06:00:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know me all too well. I can already spot that naked maple flying down the highway. Problem is there just aren't many out here. Have already been asking neighbors about trees but most everything we have here is oak and ash. I do have about 8 or 10 more on the other side of the ditch (read - small river) but I can't get to them when the water comes up. May have to build a bridge.

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