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    Default North east ohio 2018

    With reports from lots of other areas, I thought I'd get a thread started for the NE Ohio group.
    With the warm-up coming I plan to tap what lines I have set out Saturday and place some more out on Sunday.
    Any one else getting ready, or already boiling?
    John Allin

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    John I am going to have to sit this thaw out. Too much going on for me with coaching and still I'm waiting on 2 Goulds pumps that are being rebuilt. I plan to get the evaporator and sugarhouse ready this Sunday, then tap the following Sunday. Good luck on your season.
    Now just a sap producer. Hopefully 1000+ taps for 2020
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    I’ll let this warm up pass and get things in order this weekend. Watching the forecasts closely at this point.
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    I'm going to wait on tapping just a little longer too. Plan on fixing tubing and cleaning up the sugarhouse. Its getting closer
    Matthew Cross
    Madison, Ohio
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    Whether you're tapping or cleaning up, it's going to feel good being outside in double digit temps!
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    H20 Innovations Air Injection 2019
    CDL AirTech Pump Hi Vacuum 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
    Great Family 3 grown kids+spouses and 7 grand kids who like the woods
    7th Gen Canadian - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World...

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    Default Time to Tap?

    John - Thanks for getting a 2018 thread going for NEO. I boil with three friends and we're in a debate on whether to tap yet or not. The forecast seems like we should see some sap flowing so I'm interested in what everyone else is thinking as well. This thread will be helpful - Thanks!

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    Every year we have itchy trigger fingers out there
    The way i see it is were having one of the coldest winters on record and its just past mid-January... thats a recipe for frozen trees!
    Hey, here's to hoping everyone has a good season this year!
    Jeremy
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    The forecast for the rest of the month sure looks tempting to me. Worst case I'm about 3 weeks early, but not if I look at what's happened the past 3 years. I'm tapping at least 1/2 this weekend.
    Last edited by johnallin; 01-25-2018 at 06:51 PM. Reason: remove bad link
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    H20 Innovations Air Injection 2019
    CDL AirTech Pump Hi Vacuum 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
    Great Family 3 grown kids+spouses and 7 grand kids who like the woods
    7th Gen Canadian - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World...

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    Hey if you're ready to rock and roll, the more power to you. You bring up a good point about the past 3 years, however, those winters were nothing compared to this one. Precisely why I sold my sleds!

    I would suggest tapping tubing over buckets if you have both...that way the tap holes don't prematurely dry out since it is so early
    Jeremy
    Black Squirrel Lodge Family Sugarbush
    Hambden Township OH

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    12x16 Sugarhouse Build
    1HP Gear Pump Style Cream Machine Build

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    Your right about the sleds...I put about 14 minutes on the Skidoo Tundra last year, but got 3 hours on it last Sunday with two grandsons onboard.
    I will be tapping about 100 that are on 3/16" tube in the back woods and letting the first day's run go to ground to clean the lines. The plan is to add another 50-80 in that area if I can figure a way to get them to run up and over a slight rise - maybe a Sure Flo pump.
    I still put out 100+ bags because I like the exercise and running the gator through the woods. It's the falling down in the mud that's not so much fun.
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    H20 Innovations Air Injection 2019
    CDL AirTech Pump Hi Vacuum 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
    Great Family 3 grown kids+spouses and 7 grand kids who like the woods
    7th Gen Canadian - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World...

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