Monthly Archives April 2018

Honestly it was completely due to burn out. I'm done. I did collect a bunch of sap and ran it through the RO machine. Probably obtained enough sap/concentrate to get 1/2 a gallon of birch syrup. I just couldn't find the time and it's no longer cold enough for the sap to keep for long periods of time. So there is much more to consider during this time of year when it comes to birch sap. Going to cut my losses, clean the buckets and put everything away and work on prepping a better way to retain my heat so I can boil faster next year.

On the prior post: To Canada and Back, a Spring Road Trip, I wrote about my paintball trip and the cold weather. We knew the cold/high wind/rain/snow/downright miserable weather was coming, so those of us that went packed accordingly. I over packed. Now keep in mind, this was just purely simple car camping and I was able to bring a ton more gear than I normally would, but as I unpacked and cleaned, I kept a list of what I used and what I didn't in the hopes that it would help me better prepare for the next adventure. So here's my list: USED Tent Thermal Air Mat Gloves x 2 (Heavy gloves, Light Gloves) Boots x 2 (Playing boots,…

This time of year a fair number of like minded paintball playing crazies like to make a trip to PRZ. It's a paintball park/field located in Picton Ontario. It's a long drive, followed by camping out, cold nights, paintball and mud, followed with regaling each other with the days' adventure and stories book-ended with a long and tired ride back home. This year started off ominous with dire weather: High winds and freezing rain (in large amounts). Despite an internal debate and a fair amount of debating with each other about going, we (The four of us; Paul, Luke, Nish and myself) decided that the trip was going to be worth it - as it usually is - and was.…

Been at it two days now. I have three trees that fill up my buckets and another 4 that do next to nothing. The black and white birch are the producers while the silver ones - in a more wooded location though - are barely doing anything. Regardless, I have about 20 or so gallons of sap I'll need to run through the RO system tonight after I make one more collection - Maybe 30 gallons by tonight. I'm a little busy as the weather has gotten warmer, the birch sap I doubt will keep for long due to the warm weather. At this point, not sure why I'm even doing it. I guess I figure that if I collect…

I put up a couple of buckets on some birch trees to give an indicator on when it starts running, so only then would I put up the rest. Yesterday it started to really run. I put up 7 three gallon sap buckets to collect. The birch trees out in the sun are really running right now. The ones in the woods are trickling, but barely. The way the trees in the sun are running I'm thinking I can fill a 3 gallon bucket in a single day. Doesn't matter if it's a white or black birch, they're both running just as fast. Of course this comes at a horrible time as I'm getting busy with work around the house…

Update 2: MCB is back up and running! I'm doing a full server backup - so I can't have the database and files changing mid-backup. Taking a lot longer than expected - of course it is... I killed the http web service so it will keep the server load down - so right now the site just won't load no matter how hard you try. Will update when ready. Hopefully only another 20 minutes.

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