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  1. #21
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    hey anybody tapped in around westfield / montgomery area ??? i see some guys in w.springfield and agawam tapped and boiling . my test taps have run alittle but the sugar hasn`t been great.... atleast enought to get me excited and going , i usaully wait till after v day anyway just seeing what everyone else is up too
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  2. #22
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    I've been back and forth on the fence for over a week now. In particular, the forecast for this week has looked anywhere between great and terrible over the last week. I was going to do it this weekend, then the forecast changed for the colder, so I didn't. Then the forecast changed again for the warmer, soo... I wound up biting the bullet, took the day off work, and tapped today. Of course the predicted high temp for me today was 42, and it barely got to 35, so I may have blown it. Oh well, we shall see.

    Cheers,

    GO
    2016: First year. Homemade evaporator out of little woodburning stove with steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 galls syrup
    2017: Same little homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time (New baby!) Downsized to 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.
    2019: Still very limited time, with a one-year-old. Downsized even further to 7 taps and a short season. 1.8 gallons syrup
    2020: 9 taps

  3. #23
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    Chesterfield MA
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    Going to start tapping after work tonight and on thru the weekend..........anyone know where I can purchase a bundle of dried pine or hemlock slab wood?
    1st Year Turkey Fryer Guru-10 taps and No Clue
    2nd Year Warming Pans on a Barrel Unit-25 taps Still No Clue
    3rd Year 2 X 3 Divided Pan on a NEW Homemade Barrel Unit-45 taps Starting To Learn
    4th year (2017) Mason 2 X 3 Inside Small Shack-85 Taps I Think I'm Addicted!!

  4. #24
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    Location
    Northfield Ma
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    Default The Next west Wind

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  5. #25
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    Mar 2020
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    Springfield, MA
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    Hi Folks – Quick intro from a noobie, freshly addicted.

    I’m setting up to have 25 taps next year in Westfield (16 reds with the remaining 9 sugars “borrowed” from a friend) so wanted to say hello. It’s my first real year doing this after a test run of 2 taps this year in Springfield. Hoping to have fun more than anything, but there has been a dream of retiring to the woods for years. I joined the MA Maple Producers Assoc. hoping to get more info all around but would really like to get together with other small-scale producers to discuss operations and how-to’s, typical noobie issues, etc.

    Hope everyone has a great year.

  6. #26
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    Hi Aaron!

    I'm happy to help out here on the trader all I can, but I'm afraid I'm not much use to you in person. My sugar shack is near you, but my house is two hours away, so I'm not really a local.

    Good luck!

    Gabe
    2016: First year. Homemade evaporator out of little woodburning stove with steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 galls syrup
    2017: Same little homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time (New baby!) Downsized to 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.
    2019: Still very limited time, with a one-year-old. Downsized even further to 7 taps and a short season. 1.8 gallons syrup
    2020: 9 taps

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