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    Default Southern PA disposable tree experiment

    So the. Property I purchased has about 20 trees 12-30 inches in diameter. On Tuesday about half of them are getting torn out for my road access. I hate that but there are no other options. I looked at the upcoming weather and saw above freezing as highs till Tuesday so I thought I would do some experimenting on the trees that are coming down. Tonight I tapped 8 of them and they all started dripping right away. I plan to go back in the morning to tap two more.

    One of them was flowing super heavy. It was running down the drill. When I put a spout in I noticed it was darker. Not sure what that means. It was flowing much heavier then the others.
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    Put a few taps in each tree. They’re coming down anyway.
    first year 2012 50 taps late season made 2 1/2 gals.

    2013 2x6 homemade arch 180 taps. 20 Gals.

    2014 40 on 3/16 gravity 160 on buckets.

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    If they are hard maples? Move the road! Takes 60 years to get some new ones!
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    One of them was flowing super heavy. It was running down the drill. When I put a spout in I noticed it was darker. Not sure what that means. It was flowing much heavier then the others.
    You most likely hit rotted wood full of water. If it slows or stops it's bad wood
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugarmaker View Post
    If they are hard maples? Move the road! Takes 60 years to get some new ones!
    Regards,
    Chris
    They are sugar maples. It is the only place Penn dot will allow me to put it
    Steve

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    turkey fryer with 6” deep pan

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye gold View Post
    You most likely hit rotted wood full of water. If it slows or stops it's bad wood
    Thank you! I will keep it separate till I am sure
    Steve

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    2019 - 2 Gallons so far
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    RO5
    turkey fryer with 6” deep pan

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    So I picked up my buckets this afternoon. I dumped it all in to a 6 gallon bucket. Not much compared to what many on here get but it will be a good learning exercise for me before the main run. When it all that’s out, maybe tomorrow, I will run it through the bucket RO.
    Steve

    SE Pennsylvania newbie

    2019 - 2 Gallons so far
    14 taps with drop lines and buckets
    RO5
    turkey fryer with 6” deep pan

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    So I ran my almost 5 gallons through my new RO5 bucket two times and ended up with a a little more than a gallon. The gallon is now in the fridge waiting to be boiled down.

    Can I wait till the weekend to boil it down or should I do it sooner?
    Steve

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    2019 - 2 Gallons so far
    14 taps with drop lines and buckets
    RO5
    turkey fryer with 6” deep pan

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    I have been told to treat it a little like milk. Milk is good in the fridge for a week or 2. Above 50 degrees it can spoil pretty quick. So I have been told

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    Thanks!!! I should be good waiting till Saturday then
    Steve

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    2019 - 2 Gallons so far
    14 taps with drop lines and buckets
    RO5
    turkey fryer with 6” deep pan

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