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    Default So tempted to tap.....

    Looks like 4 solid days to tap and get some sap, thinking of putting in 100 today and add another 100 next week or the week after to stagger it. Argh decisions decisions!!!!
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed to the Middle East, no surgaring for me :-(
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed to the Middle East
    2014 110 tap all tubed buckets.
    2013 35 taps, all buckets

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    I would only risk it if your on vacuum otherwise your holes might close up during some of the best flows. I drilled some test holes with no flow yet and I'm in mass
    2018 -12 taps 8 vacuum 4 gravity/RO = 3 gallons syrup
    2019 - 20 taps upgraded vacuum system/RO = goal 7 gallons

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    I'm not tapping yet. Too early unless you are on high vacuum. 3-4 days of flow followed by 3-4 weeks no flow is a poor choice.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 1000 for 2019?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
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    We've got the same forecast down here in central Ohio. It beautiful today, 55F and the sap is running. I tapped a couple of buckets just for "grins" and while it's running, it's not running that well. Our ground is still frozen. The forecast for the rest of February is to be below normal so I'm not expecting much if any sap based on prior years. I'm going to wait until around Valentine's Day to put in the rest of my taps.
    Leader 1/2 pint - Kawasaki Mule - Smoky Lake Filter Bottler
    24 GPH RO, 2 1/2 x 40 NF3 (NF270), 140 GPH (Brass with no relief valve ) ProCon pump
    2013 - 44 taps on buckets - 16 gallons syrup, 2014 - 109 taps on buckets - 26 gallons syrup
    2015 - 71 taps on buckets - 13.5 gallons syrup, 2016 - 125 taps on buckets - 24.25 gallons syrup
    2017 - 129 taps on buckets - 17.5 gallons syrup, 2018 - 128 taps on buckets - 18 gallons syrup
    2019 -130 taps on buckets - 18.5 gallons syrup

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    Days like today make it really hard not to tap... 55 and sunny. I've made the mistake of chasing early runs and screwed myself for the real season later on. It sucks when everyone is getting gallons per tap and mine were almost dry.
    smoky lake 2x4 hybrid pan on homemade arch. 60 taps on shurflo

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    Very tempting today, but by the weekend it is supposed to be back below freezing. National Weather Service long range temperature for the next 2 weeks after this coming weekend is for slightly below normal temperatures.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    We are getting so close to prime time!! Cant wait!
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed to the Middle East, no surgaring for me :-(
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed to the Middle East
    2014 110 tap all tubed buckets.
    2013 35 taps, all buckets

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    Not far from you Scott. Holding out another week. Tapping 2/16
    2017 - 3 taps hanging buckets. Turkey fryer evap.
    2017-2018 Caught a bad case of the maple bug. Built a 55 gal. barrel evap. and homemade RO
    2018 - 32 taps on 5 gal. buckets.
    2019 - New Mason 2x4 XL. 80 taps - 50 on 5 gal. buckets, 30 on 3/16 tubing

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    Same with me, Iím hoping to tap next weekend but Iím watching the forecast closely. Few more things to clean up and get ready this weekend.
    Started in 2013 with 15 taps on buckets and a turkey frier.
    Now 2019 115 taps, 3/16's with vac. 10x14 sugarhouse. 2x3 Mason w/blower. Homemade 50 gal per hour RO. More ideas than time.
    Munson's Maple

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    Good luck!! I still never saw that email you said you sent me Bill, I cant find it.

    -Scott
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed to the Middle East, no surgaring for me :-(
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed to the Middle East
    2014 110 tap all tubed buckets.
    2013 35 taps, all buckets

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