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  1. #51
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    Welcome to Michigan. Lol forcast has changed again looks like we get a few more days to prep.
    25 years sugaring
    2018 191taps. Made 80 gallons
    Two taps to a 5 gallon bucket roadside trees.
    A retired dad to hump buckets and do most of the boiling the great wife that let's me spend lots of time and money.
    New Smokey lake 2×6 raised flue SSR on my own version of the silverplate arch.
    2019 new hood and new preheater concept that worked great.
    306 taps roadside trees

  2. #52
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    hastings mi
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    was thinking of tapping Sunday.....may wait a bit longer, but who knows , the forecast has been changing DAILY!!
    125 taps
    75 on 3/16 gravity
    50 on buckets
    2x4 flat pan with dividers with 2x2 finish pan
    AUF

    570 Polaris ranger with horse tank sap hauler
    smokey lake steam bottler

    2017 125 taps 25 gal syrup (long season)
    2018 125 taps 39 gal syrup
    2019 125 taps 20 gal had some left from 2018
    2020 ?

  3. #53
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    I may tap Sunday. (2/16/20)

    It's hard to guess what is optimum now.

    It's not like years back when you planned on the 2nd or 3rd week of March...

  4. #54
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    Looking at the forecast today, we are planning on next Friday (2/21/20).

  5. #55
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    St. Johns, Michigan
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    Looking at Friday the 21st.
    2020 - 225 taps bags and tubing, 45 gallons of syrup
    2019 - 180 taps buckets and bags, 50 gallons of syrup
    Lapierre 2x8 Classic with hood & preheater
    Leader Micro2 RO
    Wes Fab 7" short bank press

  6. #56
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    hastings mi
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    Default tomorrow 2/21

    tapping tomorrow
    looks like a good 4 day run and then a break so I can get caught up.
    good luck to everyone this year!!!
    125 taps
    75 on 3/16 gravity
    50 on buckets
    2x4 flat pan with dividers with 2x2 finish pan
    AUF

    570 Polaris ranger with horse tank sap hauler
    smokey lake steam bottler

    2017 125 taps 25 gal syrup (long season)
    2018 125 taps 39 gal syrup
    2019 125 taps 20 gal had some left from 2018
    2020 ?

  7. #57
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    Allegan
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    I have 170 taps in so far.

    Going out today to sink some more.

    Shooting for 250 or so.

  8. #58
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    West Michigan
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    Set a few yesterday evening after work, will set a fee more today and tomorrow-trying to have everything ready for this weekend. Concerned with a short season I have more supplies coming to get more sap faster this season-I can always pull a few if it gets to be too much.
    All Sugar Maples
    2017 7 taps on propane & 5 gal pot
    2018 12 taps on propane & 5 gal pot
    2019 17 taps on propane & 5 gal pot, Gen 1 barrel evaporator
    2020 26 taps 2-22-20 - Gen 2 barrel evaporator, DIY 100GPD RO

  9. #59
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    Ran out of tubing at 216 taps.

    Close enuf.


  10. #60
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    Nashville, MI
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    I was planning to tap this weekend, unfortunately my uncle past away and we will have to attend his funeral and mass this weekend. I will miss a few days and probably start sometime next week. They are calling for rain in the early part of the week and I am sure I won't do it in that. Work some more in the sugar house, then tap after the rains are gone.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 gal syrup
    2021 - going for 50 bags and 50 on tubing

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