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    Default Who's drilling?

    Think I'm going for it time is moving on even next week below but Sunday 40 rain low pressure maybe something what do u think
    2018 home built 4x40 RO 2017 1000 sap 15gal syrup 4 runs of 3/16 natural vac 1 of 5/16 2016 775gal of sap made 12gal syrup 2015 18.5 gal about 55 taps. Have the best wife! cub cadet volunteer 4x4 sap hauler

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    Think I'm going to do it this weekend too. Ever have problems with taps drying out if you tap to early?

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    I'm just a hobbie guy but in my area I'm always done first week in April like the 1st so from what I read n hear 6-7 weeks maybe 8 before there dry, we only have about that much time so gota catch it as soon as it starts maybe Sunday for me so I'm DRILLING!!
    2018 home built 4x40 RO 2017 1000 sap 15gal syrup 4 runs of 3/16 natural vac 1 of 5/16 2016 775gal of sap made 12gal syrup 2015 18.5 gal about 55 taps. Have the best wife! cub cadet volunteer 4x4 sap hauler

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    How's your 275 evap work? It looks good. Thinking about trying to build one this year.

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    Build one it's great the door needs insulation but the rest is all fire brick! It has a blower plumbed under the grates that make the world of difference !!! A must,I would say my evaporation rate with all good oak,ash,beech etc dried 3-4 years is 7-8 gallons/hr just a guess maybe more.look at homemade fourm here lots of great ideas but did I say put a blower on it?? That door would not glow without it. Pm me or I can send photos to you look on my profile,I used turkey cookers then this,I finish my syrup right on here no turkey cooker all 14 gal finished by regulating blower speed and wood in firebox n one trick I slide sheet metal under the pan to shut it down when finished or to cut the heat while finishing!
    2018 home built 4x40 RO 2017 1000 sap 15gal syrup 4 runs of 3/16 natural vac 1 of 5/16 2016 775gal of sap made 12gal syrup 2015 18.5 gal about 55 taps. Have the best wife! cub cadet volunteer 4x4 sap hauler

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    im still holding off on tapping for another week, dont want to walk threw 18" of snow to try to get one days run of sap. hoping the warm weekend will melt some of the snow down.
    2013 1st year for me. 20 taps, 55 gallon oil drum evap. made 5 gal. of syrup
    2014 275 oil drum evap. new 2x3 pan ,20+ taps. made 7 gal. of syrup
    2015 new 10x16 sugar shack, 53 taps on buckets, 11.5 gal. of syrup

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    I agree with sweet. Although I may tap the yard trees, since they are close and am tired of waiting.
    2014 - 12 taps...3.5 gallons of syrup -- block arch with steam pans
    2015 - 44 taps...10.5 gallons of syrup - Randy Worthen 2x6 evaporator

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    I hear ya about the snow not fun walking in that much,I walked thru the woods to fix bear damage to one 1/2" main it's a job walking,rode the snowmobile thru most but still have to get off n walk tree to tree,but with this weather there maybe more to go thru if u wait seeing how this winters going???
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    2018 home built 4x40 RO 2017 1000 sap 15gal syrup 4 runs of 3/16 natural vac 1 of 5/16 2016 775gal of sap made 12gal syrup 2015 18.5 gal about 55 taps. Have the best wife! cub cadet volunteer 4x4 sap hauler

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    Not tapping yet. Running a liitle behind this year. Still have to do the final wash on a couple of holding tanks. Hope to get that done this weekend and get them in place during the week. The brush fire that wiped out 600' of tubing set me back. Don't know if I'm going to be able to get a new 30 tap run in or not.
    Dave C.
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    Well the weather is on your side maybe Sunday run but frozen after that good luck,my damage is bears chewing the 1/2" main this year,we have 2 bears around always.
    2018 home built 4x40 RO 2017 1000 sap 15gal syrup 4 runs of 3/16 natural vac 1 of 5/16 2016 775gal of sap made 12gal syrup 2015 18.5 gal about 55 taps. Have the best wife! cub cadet volunteer 4x4 sap hauler

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