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  1. #1
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    Default Tapping Pennsylvania 2019

    Well, It looks like it's my turn to start the Pa tapping thread!
    I am tapped!! Ha Ha! I put a bucket out yesterday to see what's going on.
    No, It looks like next week will be the week. As long as they don't change the forecast, that is.
    I'm about as ready as I can be in the woods. Last week I set a cage tank before it snowed, and today
    I ran some 3/16 tubing through a culvert under a road to get the drop I needed.
    Tap count this year, about the same, around 375. Plus the neighbor bringing from 40 buckets.
    Looking for a great season! Remember to have fun everyone!
    If it turns in to work, you should probably look elsewhere for a hobby!!!!!!
    90 taps on vacuum
    155 taps on 5/16 gravity
    105 taps on 3/16 gravity
    about 45 buckets
    neighbor bringing from 45 taps

    http://s848.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Sugarshack/

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    I'm with you Paddymountain. I'm about crawling out of my skin, this waiting is working on me. I doubled my tap count this year and added an RO and other bells and whistles.
    Matt,
    Minehart Gap Maple

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    Keeping my eye on the forecast, but it is looking like I will be tapping on Sunday 2/3! Everything is all set and ready to go. Can't wait to test out the new Smoky Lake 2x4 divided pan!
    Adam

    2016: 6 Taps and a propane turkey fryer
    2019: 51 Taps on 3/16 gravity tubing
    Homemade Oil Tank Evaporator
    Badgerland by Smokey Lake 2x4 divided pan

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    I will put most of my taps in Saturday morning (around 18). Starting next Thursday it looks good for several weeks. Might get a short run this Saturday and Sunday. Let the drips begin!!!

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    I put taps in 14 trees this afternoon. A few of them started to drip just a tiny bit. It was right at the 32-33 degree line. The majority of the trees were in the 12-15" range but there were 4-5 that were larger.

    After this week and the road is cut in I may have a few more that are big enough to tap. I didn't tap any that may get taken down this week. I hate seeing them come down but there isn't a choice.

    Good luck everyone!
    Last edited by Skeller001; 02-02-2019 at 03:53 PM.
    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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    Taps are in. Sap was flowing today. Tomorrow should be better.

    Sugar was 1.75% on woods Norways.

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    I have 150 taps in. It didn't get very warm here in central Pa, maybe 28. Tomorrow looks like things will free up.
    I'm tapping my 3/16th taps tomorrow, somewhere around 100. I don't think the sap will really start to flow until
    Monday! Need to get the Sugarshack cleaned up and the evaporator put back together.
    Should be making syrup on Wednesday
    90 taps on vacuum
    155 taps on 5/16 gravity
    105 taps on 3/16 gravity
    about 45 buckets
    neighbor bringing from 45 taps

    http://s848.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Sugarshack/

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    3/4 of my taps are in as of dark yesterday. Sap is flowing nicely today

    Spent the day working laterals. Had a lateral explode in 3 different places and another lateral had the saddle chewed in two by a squirrel. Just waiting now to flush the new RO then sweeten the pans. The season is underway.

    Good luck everyone, how we all have our best season yet.
    Last edited by minehart gap; 02-03-2019 at 04:49 PM.
    Matt,
    Minehart Gap Maple

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    I got all my 3/16 taps in! Some running good; others in colder areas, not so much.
    Squirrels are getting fat eating my tubing! They gotta be as many hole as I fixed today.
    Tomorrow I'll hook up my 5/16 lines to their tanks and look for some leaks
    Need to get the vacuum up and running at the house.
    buckets will come later
    90 taps on vacuum
    155 taps on 5/16 gravity
    105 taps on 3/16 gravity
    about 45 buckets
    neighbor bringing from 45 taps

    http://s848.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Sugarshack/

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    Mooresburg, Pa
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    Default Thanks grea info for a novice!

    I'm kinda new at this and very small scale. Approx 40 taps. Being from central pa the temps can be pretty unpredictable. I put a few taps in yesterday and would like to do more. I'm anxious but is it to early?

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