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  1. #11
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    Jan 2010
    Rochdale, MA


    That was a good read, thanks. I think I'm changing my mind now. Between the results of that study, new predictions of it being colder next week than the last prediction I saw, and the upcoming snow (which will slow the flow down anyway), I might as well hold off tapping until the 15th or 16th, depending on how it looks after that. No need to start too soon. Mid Feb to mid March is pretty normal for here. Can use the snow to help keep my sap bags cold too.
    Rochdale, Central Mass.
    Zero taps for 2016.
    Still have plenty of syrup from last year.
    6.72 kW solar array, and on our second Nissan Leaf all electric car.

  2. #12
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    Jan 2008
    Hopkinton, MA


    Yeah, they really changed the forecast for this weekend! Originally it was hitting the high 30s by Friday, 40s for Sat and Sun and some 50s next week. Now all that is off b/c of the winter storm. A warm up is still on the way for next week, but it might be short lived and this weekend is colder. I'm afraid if it does warm up on Monday I'll miss the first run because I can only tap on weekends. If it gets up above freezing at all, I might try to get them in in anticipation of the mid-week run. We'll have a better idea Saturday.

    Woodville Maples
    Something north of 250 taps
    Mix of natural and mechanical vac, S3 Controller from Mountain Maple
    2x6 W.F. Mason with Phaneuf pans
    Deer Run 125 RO
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    Keeping the day job until I can start living the dream.

  3. #13
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    Jan 2013


    That's a great article about tapping times....its a question I always had, and wondered what the tradeoffs are... thanks for sharing.
    2011: 47 taps (Turkey fryer)
    2012: 197 taps (Turkey fryer)
    2013: 300 taps with oil tank evaporator (wrapping up construction...)
    2014: 300 taps maybe more...

    1 wife
    2 kids
    3 springer spaniels: mommy, brother and sister
    1 beehive, soon to be 3
    gardener, hunter, clammer, striper fisherman-sorta, lumber jack - 10-15 cord a year

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