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Maple Tree Tapping Time #7201233
03/01/21 08:26 PM
03/01/21 08:26 PM
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Pennsylvania
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Tapped my Maple Trees today, looks like the weather over the next 2-weeks will result in a good run in Western Pennsylvania.

How about others around the Country, have you tapped your trees yet?

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Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201276
03/01/21 08:40 PM
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We got about 25 trees tapped (50 taps) the other day. No much running right now. We are going to tap another 20 trees (40 taps) tomorrow afternoon. Then it is time to get the ro system ready. Probably should pressure wash the sap barrels too.


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Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201346
03/01/21 09:26 PM
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I tapped a dozen trees last week. A couple are running well others almost nothing at all

Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201353
03/01/21 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Craig C
Tapped my Maple Trees today, looks like the weather over the next 2-weeks will result in a good run in Western Pennsylvania.

How about others around the Country, have you tapped your trees yet?

You got grass,I still got four feet of snow in my yard.


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Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201358
03/01/21 09:36 PM
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Been tapping in Eastern Iowa for almost a week. Looks like you have honey bee hobby too.


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Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: trapperjdb] #7201401
03/01/21 10:13 PM
03/01/21 10:13 PM
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Taps are all in as of today. tanks are mounted on or in vehicles, pumps are ready. We will go out Thursday. We have sap in buckets that is froze so we have not collected as of yet. We got lucky with enough warm and sun to shrink the snow in the woods so we can walk and travel. Now it is just a waiting game for the weather. Here is wishing a good collection year to all.

Bryce

Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201437
03/01/21 10:47 PM
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120 taps in Saturday morning and Sunday mid day collected 120 gallons of sap. Love the outdoors, goes from trapping to tapping to turkeys to fishing to hunting to trapping and do it all over again.

Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201472
03/01/21 11:28 PM
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Aren't those trees kind of skinny?
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Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201547
03/02/21 02:26 AM
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Boiling the last of 42 gal now. About 4 more hours if I guess.

Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201568
03/02/21 06:12 AM
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seen a few trees tap here

Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201570
03/02/21 06:30 AM
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Under my hat in Mn and Wi
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It's going to be a good week here.

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Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201575
03/02/21 06:47 AM
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We tapped last weekend. Iíd like to see some of your guys setups for evaporating!

Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201636
03/02/21 08:34 AM
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I tapped my 60 sugar maples last week and boiled for the first time this season yesterday. Didnít collect as much as I expected. The day prior to boiling, I ran my 160 gallons of 2% sap through my RO bucket system and ended up with 80 gallons of 4%. My RO bucket advertises 10 gph but I did much better. With my flat pan and warming vessel setup, I can evaporate 10 gph. I used1/3 cord of wood (ash) and when I complete my finish boil today, I should have a tad over 3 gallons of syrup. I typically like to boil twice the volume to make it worth while cleaning all my equipment but I was anxious. Below are a few Picts of my setup. I gave up trying to orientate photos...sorry.

15 degrees today with the next warmup (sap flow) beginning on Monday.

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Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201681
03/02/21 09:33 AM
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Tapped 5 trees last thursday afternoon . Tapped 6 more friday . Saturday collected around 15 gallons of sap . Sunday got another 10 gallons of sap . Monday got 5 gallons . Made appx 1/2 gallon of syrup so far . [Linked Image]
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Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201697
03/02/21 09:48 AM
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I just have a pan like the one above. It sets on a grate on concrete blocks. I'm having trouble determining gal per hr because that depends on outside temps an temp of fire.
It works much better than my old water bath canners I used to use but it used to much wood and i would still like it to be faster.

I thought about buying a commercial evaporator but for the price of the cheapest one I could buy a very nice welder and build my own.

I have two thoughts on this. Build a steel box from scratch bug enough for my evaporator pan and a Lee warmer pan. I would line it with fire brick. The door, air control and hole for the pipe would be the worst part. So for that to make it easy and fast I could just buy a barrel stove kit and use the pieces for that on the one i built.

In the same thought pattern i could make a barrel stove cut the top off and weld a piece of steel to make it flat on the top for the pan. But honestly i think that will be more work and not as nice as building one and using the parts from a kit for the door and exhaust.

Then I can control the air flow and reduce wood consumption and I won't have to tend it as often adding wood every hour to hour and a half to keep it hot.

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Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: VH60] #7201728
03/02/21 10:08 AM
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dino, could you explain your method of concentrating sap. are you letting the sap partly freeze , then discarding the ice and keeping the concentrated sap to boil. My friend does something similar. . puts buckets of sap in an old freezer , lets it partly freeze then discards the ice. . Nice set up you have, good spring project. Lots of visiting can go on around a sap boiler. old243

Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201739
03/02/21 10:15 AM
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Here in Canada we still have to wait a while longer. Thanks for the pics everyone!! Getting my fired up! laugh


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Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Providence Farm] #7201770
03/02/21 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Providence Farm
I just have a pan like the one above. It sets on a grate on concrete blocks. I'm having trouble determining gal per hr because that depends on outside temps an temp of fire.
It works much better than my old water bath canners I used to use but it used to much wood and i would still like it to be faster.

I thought about buying a commercial evaporator but for the price of the cheapest one I could buy a very nice welder and build my own.

I have two thoughts on this. Build a steel box from scratch bug enough for my evaporator pan and a Lee warmer pan. I would line it with fire brick. The door, air control and hole for the pipe would be the worst part. So for that to make it easy and fast I could just buy a barrel stove kit and use the pieces for that on the one i built.

In the same thought pattern i could make a barrel stove cut the top off and weld a piece of steel to make it flat on the top for the pan. But honestly i think that will be more work and not as nice as building one and using the parts from a kit for the door and exhaust.

Then I can control the air flow and reduce wood consumption and I won't have to tend it as often adding wood every hour to hour and a half to keep it hot.


Providance

Here is how I have mine set up on the cheap..one barrel has two steam tray pans cut in it. The other has big restaurant pan I got at an auction. I use old grill racks scavenged from dump in the bottom barrels. I also use fan off cook stove hood with piece rain gutter pipe as a blower in the bottom..
Not fancy by any means but works ok for the couple 2-3 days I cook.. I use the 3 stainless buckets I have to preheat sap before dump into the pans. I start boiling down in double steam pan stove. Then move that sap to the bigger pan to concentrate there. Once I get everything I'm cooking in the big pan. I run it until gets close to syrup then move it to my LP cooker so can watch it closer..
This is crude by lot people standards. but i really got very little cost in it. It actually helps me clean up wood on my property that I'd just burn in brush pile.

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Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: Craig C] #7201807
03/02/21 10:58 AM
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Did you weld steel in for your pants to sit on or just sit them over the hole?

Re: Maple Tree Tapping Time [Re: old243] #7201823
03/02/21 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by old243
dino, could you explain your method of concentrating sap. are you letting the sap partly freeze , then discarding the ice and keeping the concentrated sap to boil. My friend does something similar. . puts buckets of sap in an old freezer , lets it partly freeze then discards the ice. . Nice set up you have, good spring project. Lots of visiting can go on around a sap boiler. old243



I dump ice accumulating in buckets...sugar will increase in the remaining sap. I use the ice to keep sap buckets or storage area cold. This is my first year using a reverse osmosis system...it cuts my boiling in half! A refractometer is very helpful to determining the sugar content...$18 on Amazon.

And yes, lots of visitors during the boil...unfortunately not as many visitors during sap collection!!

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