Out of the woods at 5:40 PM. Done. All the big things are cleaned. Into the woods by 9:15 AM. Today’s plan was to clean the evaporator. It started raining around 9:30 AM. About 38 with a North wind. That makes it feel very cold. The evaporator had to be cleaned so we pushed on. After lunch it started raining hard. Still had the bottom of the evaporator to clean. So out into the rain to scrub the bottom of the evaporator. Wrapped a tarp around to try to keep dry and warm. Warmed water on the stove so our hands did not get cold. Must have been quite a sight. And we also had some lighting and thunder. At least we did not get sleet or snow.
Final syrup total is 102 gallons. Amazing. Picked up 3400 gallons of sap. We think it was about 1983 when we last made over 100 gallons of syrup. Quite unexpected.
Song of the season: I Love It, Icona Pop
You can read about the rest of the 2013 season here. Season 96: 2013