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So apparently the Maple Gods turned on the sap tap.  I now have 35 buckets and probably brought in 40 to 45 gallons of sap!   That's far too much sap for me to process at in my current situation.  I believe I was thinking about boiling nightly when I did my calculations and didn't realize how much effort that…

Went around and put out 12 more taps with the help of a friend.  Moved a couple of old buckets from trees that were just not producing much sap, to trees out in the sun more and which were quickly producing sap the moment we tapped.   Total of 35 buckets out and collecting.  The prior day was far too…

All the hard work of tapping trees, reverse osmosis, purchasing new pans and bottles all came down to today.  I hauled out my backyard cooking set up for it's first run.   On the left is the divided pan, specially built to fit on top of a two burner outdoor stove.  It has a custom built sap warmer on top.…

Collected 15 gallons of sap out of 25 buckets.  Roughly 4 of them had very little sap in them, while a few trees had well over a gallon.   15 gallons of sap from 25 buckets = 0.6 gallons of sap per bucket.   I've usually heard 1 gallon of sap per day per tree for 10 days tossed around…

More buckets added and a reverse osmosis update.   To start off, I went to the local hardware store and picked up 6 more buckets - plastic this time.  I can't stand their look but after putting them on, I like that they're bigger and the lids are real nice.  Oversized and lock on real well.  They still look awful…

I had a friend ask what kind of taps (aka spiles) that I'm using as they're not the normal ones he's seen in photos before.   For reference, a standard spile for hanging buckets looks like this:     I've found in the little time I've been using those that they were hard to seal up correctly and didn't last…

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