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  1. I use 5 gallon jugs from be prepared dot com. ...

    I use 5 gallon jugs from be prepared dot com. They have kids that prevent spillage and handles. If full is too heavy just don’t fill them up
  2. Thread: tapping 2019

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    80 % of taps in and ready for the coming weeks of...

    80 % of taps in and ready for the coming weeks of prime weather. 65 taps so far and hope to get the rest in before the snow arrives this weekend. Eager to try my RO bucket and new preheater pan to...
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    Last year I tapped January 15th. Temps after Jan...

    Last year I tapped January 15th. Temps after Jan 3rd are looking good here and I may tap the weekend of the 5th.
  4. Thread: tapping 2019

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    tapping 2019

    So when is everyone going to start tapping trees?
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    I used self tapping screws with fender washers. ...

    I used self tapping screws with fender washers. Drill from the inside thru the blanket and grind off what comes thru to the outside. 2 seasons no issues.
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    I ended up with 6.75 gallons over a 5 week...

    I ended up with 6.75 gallons over a 5 week season. Boiled 4 times and syrup color varied from light amber to amber. First boil is some of the lightest I have ever made.
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    After today’s cook I have 4.5 gallons. Best year...

    After today’s cook I have 4.5 gallons. Best year to date for me
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    I am about 30 miles from the lake and have made 3...

    I am about 30 miles from the lake and have made 3 gallons of syrup in the last few weeks. We do have sugar maples and most every other variety. Have 45 gallon of sap to cook on Saturday. There are...
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    Tapped and flowing

    I had some good runs the last few days. 20 gallons collected on Friday and expect the same today. First boil we be Sunday.
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    Set my 46 taps today. Several trees dripping...

    Set my 46 taps today. Several trees dripping immediately. One tree had sap ice falling from the tree as we walked up.
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    I have looked at the pics a few times and think...

    I have looked at the pics a few times and think you may get a better boil if you reduce the space in your ramp to force the heat up to the bottom of the pan. Mine is 2 inches decreasing to 1inch....
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    Long range forecast has temps with 40s in the day...

    Long range forecast has temps with 40s in the day and 20s at night for all of next week. Definitely tapping this weekend and finishing my arch setup.
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    Watching the weather. Jan 1st

    With this hard freeze in Lynchburg I am considering setting taps once it breaks. Right now next week is looking good.
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    EPDM should do a great job of keeping the...

    EPDM should do a great job of keeping the moisture out. Sounds like you are a roofer or know one. What do you plan to put over it to give it that authentic look. Obtw I now have a serious case...
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    The weather stinks for sure. I had a good run...

    The weather stinks for sure. I had a good run this weekend and got additional sap thru today. I have a few new trees that have not produced. Pulling those taps and relocating for to other trees....
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    I mix coal with wood. Coal was free and does a...

    I mix coal with wood. Coal was free and does a great job of heating. I get about 10 gph on a converted oil tank with flat pans. Very happy with coal as fuel source to augment the wood.
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    I did not have a problem with it getting to hot. ...

    I did not have a problem with it getting to hot. I alternated fuel. Wood one time and 8-12 pieces of coal the next. I have a 4" round duct fan for auf that is supposed to be 150 cfm but I did not...
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    Weather has been weird here. 22 in the morning...

    Weather has been weird here. 22 in the morning and 61 in the afternoon on Tuesday. Got 35 gallons in 4 days and decided to boil based on temps. Wow what an upgrade! Easily got 10gph and took it...
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    42 taps in as of 1/26. Come on sap I need to...

    42 taps in as of 1/26. Come on sap I need to fire up the new evaporator ;)
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    Had to get the stack away from the from the side...

    Had to get the stack away from the from the side of my shop which is directly above. Too much wood working equipment up there!
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    Major upgrade for us this second year. Going to...

    Major upgrade for us this second year. Going to have 45 taps and built an oil tank evaporator with 2x4 pans. Going to test sap sacks to see how they work. Last year was 15 taps and a turkey...
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    Long range weather shows a 40/20 degree cycle...

    Long range weather shows a 40/20 degree cycle setting up on Jan 27. I plan on getting everything tapped by then
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    Is it time to tap in central VA

    Anyone tapping? In Lynchburg, I tapped two test trees; one one woods immediately dripping and one in the front yard not so much. Going to tap a few more on Monday.
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    One quart of high heat rustoleum was plenty and...

    One quart of high heat rustoleum was plenty and had some left for touchup
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    14x24 syrup pan and 34x24 sap pan. Built the...

    14x24 syrup pan and 34x24 sap pan.
    Built the evaporator over the summer and just got the pans Last week.
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