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  1. #21
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    Hey neighbor, We're in Indian Creek Township near Stanford. I too am eyeing temps to get onto tapping. Also have new RO DIY unit. Hoping to get started tapping in 7 days when temps start back down to more ideal. Lots of luck.

  2. #22
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    Seriously considering going in today. The temps look pretty good next weekend, but it would be a lot more comfortable working in this 60 degree weather!

  3. #23
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    Tapped 15 trees so far this morning. No flow, which is good for me because I can't come back till next weekend and hope they don't flow until it cools down later this week.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 150 taps, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

  4. #24
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    Decided against it, will re-evaluate next weekend. Just too warm this upcoming week.

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    Im all set, still waiting for the 1st or 2nd week of Feb...just too warm now for me.
    2016:100 taps added a JD 1023 sub compact tractor
    2015:break (new baby)
    2014: 70 taps, replaced my concrete arch with a manufactured
    2013: Added 15 more taps and a 18x24 warming pan
    2012 : 36 Taps, 2x4 divided pan on a concrete arch
    2006-07: Assisted an 'Old Timer' with 200 tapps, and his wood fired evaporator up in Wis.
    1986-1993: 5 taps, Boiled on a wood stove in Northern Mich.

  6. #26
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    Ended up getting 30 taps on 2 separate tubing runs and 4 on buckets. Ran the line for a 3rd run with another 14 taps, but need more barrels. The taps I ran on Sat. Morning were still dry when I left this afternoon; hoping they stay dry till it finally freezes later this week. Hoping for 1st boil next weekend.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 150 taps, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

  7. #27
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    dsaw, let me know what you find this weekend. I think I may tap this weekend as it looks like there will be 4 days with highs in the 39-40 degree range next week at my bush. To do list: put in 100 taps (3 runs on a 300' incline hill 800' deep), line and brick my arch, run all electric and hoses to my shack, split wood. Gonna make for a long day!
    2014 - 8 taps, turkey fryer, 130 gallons sap, just under 2.5 gallons syrup.
    2015 - 50 taps and counting.
    2016 - 60 taps on 3/16 and a Bill Mason evaporator on order.
    2017 - 115 taps on 3/16, homemade r/o.
    2018 - 150 taps on 3/16, r/o a big help, but lots of leaks killing yield.
    2019 - sticking with 150 taps or maybe less, focusing on good vacuum and less waste to increase yield. Doubling up my r/o, and made a vacuum filter that looks promising.

  8. #28
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    I'll be out tomorrow and will report if I have any; but not holding my breath. Low of 26 Fri & Sat. nights have a better shot. Hopefully freezing every night this week will make next weekend successful. I'll probably quickly scout the 2 barrels I have out tomorrow; but mainly work on the arch. I need to install a new base stack, reinstall/stabilize the chimney, weld up the gaps around base stack, and paint up the rust spots (arch is outside). Sat. I'll put in new pan gasket and get the pan set-up. I doubt I'll have enough syrup this weekend to tryout the newly operational (I hope) RO. And somewhere in there, I need to get back to tapping.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 150 taps, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

  9. #29
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    We were expected to get showers Wednesday so I set out to tap on Tuesday. I ended up with 19 taps with about 60 degree sunny weather, but it dropped down to low 30's that night. Checked last night and there was slight sap flow on 5 taps. Hope you all have a good season.

  10. #30
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    Checked the two drums at the end of the two 3/16" runs, 15 taps each. About 1 quart/drum; so not running yet.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 150 taps, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

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