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  1. #21
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    Ed,
    if you tap this weekend let me know ill come up
    Matt
    Matthew Cross
    Madison, Ohio
    400 taps on vacuum with surge sp-22
    200 buckets
    30 x 10 leader max w/ Pre-heater

  2. #22
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    I don't know about next week, but in another week it'll be mid February and the typical start of the season. Sure is cold out there this morning! Still have lots to work on setting up new CDL vac and H20 bubbler systems ..so another week or two is fine with me.

    Hey Kevin, try not to agree with Fred too often...<grin>
    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...

  3. #23
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    I agree that its too early.
    1000 taps on vacuum back down to 100 buckets
    2x7 A&A Raised Flue
    Leader Micro2 RO (for sale)
    Gast 3040 vac pump, Lapierre electric releaser
    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

  4. #24
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    Anyone tapping this weekend?
    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...

  5. #25
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    Yes , we are looking to start late today and finish tomorrow. Some of our best years have been on early starts especially over the last 10 years. I like to sugar in the cold early runs but that doesn't happen much anymore. I always fear the warm spikes we seem to get in Feb and early March that kill the season.
    Maple Syrup producer of 40+years
    320 taps on vacuum all hard maple
    3x12 Lapierre evaporator
    South Madison

  6. #26
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    I am getting ready to head out and put in 50 taps. If its too early and they dry up in a couple weeks I still have other trees I can move to. Way more than I can tap and keep up with.

  7. #27
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    I'm spending this weekend setting up the new high vacuum pump and an electric releaser. Hope to have that all set up by tomorrow night. The H2o bubbler was delivered Wednesday. Once we get some piping figured out and delivered, it's next.
    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...

  8. #28
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    Concord, Ohio
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    Sugar house.jpg
    need to put the finishing touches on my new sugar house and clean up some line damage and then I'll be ready. Hoping to tap next week!
    Started with 5 taps boiling on cinder blocks and a pan from my kitchen..
    200+ Taps Gravity lines with 2x6 Lapierre
    New 16x20 Sugar House
    6 acres in Concord, Ohio
    3 bee hives

  9. #29
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    Working in the sugarhouse this weekend. Got the pans set on my new arch. Dry bricked the arch. Going to leave it like that for this season. Ran electric for my new ro. Almost done with everything at the sugarhouse. Will probably wait a couple weeks for basketball season to be over before I tap.
    1000 taps on vacuum back down to 100 buckets
    2x7 A&A Raised Flue
    Leader Micro2 RO (for sale)
    Gast 3040 vac pump, Lapierre electric releaser
    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

  10. #30
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    Near Ashland Ohio
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    Tapped @ 1/3 of our available trees in northern Ashland county today (not sure if NE forum thread is appropriate, or maybe I should be posting in central). Sap is running fast and tasted sweet. Haven't checked gravity yet. Hoping for a good start to the season!

    On a side note, this will be my 2nd year on 3/16 (gravity vac) tubing. The deer were ruthless with the tubing this winter! It was almost as if they were being vindictive. Not just a nibble here and there but thorough chewing of many taps and lines (into bits). Is this typical for the tubing off season? If so, any solutions? We thought maybe getting out ladders and raising the tubing to an appreciable height might help...

    Anyone else tap today or am I flying solo?

    Hope y'all have a great season.

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