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    Default Checking what VT sugar makers are doing

    OK fellas, I have been right out straight with work and trying to get ready here. Addition is done, preheater is built, filter press is cleaned and working. And I am in the ordering stages of building an RO. I have increased my tapping potential from the 900s to apprx 2500 this summer. all woods works is done, well Im sure I have some highwind storm damage somewhere I always do.

    So when are we all tapping. Im thinking end of the Month, typically tap around valentines day. Whats everyone else doing??? POST IT HERE
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    Sitting here on the Trader watching it rain. Yuk.
    Reversing front pan in order to draw off from the back rather than the front.
    Bob- 4 x 12 Small Bros. Lightning w/raised flues-open pans
    20 x 40 sugarhouse, all tubing-main line to sugarhouse
    1400+- for 2011 & 100% vacuum
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    Plan to check woods in a week or so for any damage from the December storm. Completed fall maintenance in November along with the 4,000+ tap expansion. Appears we faired well on this side of the state with minimal ice damage. Will get ready to start tapping third week of Feb since it will probably take a week to get everything tapped.
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    1800gph Lapierre RO
    10" Lapierre filter press
    2 - 25,000 tap Lapierre releasers
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    My dad is going to start tapping for me this week. He should get close to 1000 done this coming week. Gives him something to do, and it really helps me out. I still have a lot of damage to fix in one of my sugarbushes.
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    Heading down to hubbarton to pull taps. Should be able to pull 1000 this week.
    Thad

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    To Funny Thad, Randy you had better watch out hes sneaky lol...
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    New leader oil fired


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    Do w think its going to start early this year?? or normal but whats normal
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    Somebody must of got sap today in VT I no there is a few that have been out tapping.. not me to much to do first but getting closer everyday
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    I got half a gallon per tap on my fall tapped trees yesterday. I plan to ream those tap holes on March 1st. I plan to start tapping my woods by the end of the month. I did a little more clean up in the woods today because of some new blow downs.

    Spud

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    I am sitting here looking at the forecast. 45 today and 4 days out of 7 in the next week above freezing. Good luck to all of you who had the courage to tap early. I am getting nervous about what our spring weather will look like. It may be a year to try to get everything in sooner than later. With all I have left to do, I hope to be tapped by the end of Feb. If I was ready now, I would highly consider firing up the drills.

    Ben

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