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  1. #11
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    Finished putting on 215 sterilized taps today. I'm planning on beginning to drill and pound tomorrow as soon as the snow stops. I'm kinda concerned about all the snow in the woods. I have about four to five feet in most places and my sap lines are either right on the snow, or slightly above. More snow tonight ans again this weekend. I love snow, but stop will ya! There is a 1000 foot drop from my top trees to the sap house and it affects the temps over the whole bush. And, everything is north facing.

  2. #12
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    Finished installing new drops and tapping tonight. Got the lines rerouted to the new sugar shack. Only a few loose ends to take care of and we'll be ready to go. I know it’s early but I’m hoping to get some sap out of this weekend warmup.
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  3. #13
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    I've decided this brief warm up isn't enough to be worth it. By the time all the taps are in, vacuum leaks are found, and lines flushed (if it even runs enough to truly flush the lines) I doubt there will be much sap left to boil. Looks like back to cold next week. Next time it warms up will be a go for sure.
    Steven Abbott
    800+ taps on check valves with 25"Hg running right to the sap house.
    40" x 10' Lightning
    Half mile hike to and from the sap house every day. Sometimes 2 or 3 times.
    Half acre market garden

  4. #14
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    My thoughts exactly abbott. Hoping to tap the first weekend of March or maybe even the following week if it stays cold. We caught the end of February run last year but I'm not sure a few gallons of syrup was worth it. Had a 2-3 week freeze afterwards and I'm afraid we may have lost more than that on the back end being a gravity setup. Good luck this season.

  5. #15
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    Same here boys and girls.... I am eager to get going and start tapping here in the midcoast region (Durham). But, I don't see the trend that I am looking for yet. Sure, I am missing a little run over the next two days. Then it will be trending colder into first week into March. Hopefully this is not a drawn out season like 2017 was. Last year was text book perfect for my operation (31 gallons produced) in five weeks on my 2x4 mason. So, moral of the story, I am waiting for the "weather trend" that will favor the start of the 2019 season.

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