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  1. #11
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    We run around 300 Taps here in the Thumb area, Dad and I talked a few days ago. Our thoughts was to tap March 10th I believe...

    But this warm up has me 2nd guessing!
    2019......close to 300 taps in 5 acres
    stainless 3x5' flat pan
    Family operation
    Allis Chalmers B tractor, for the sap wagon
    5th generation syrup maker!
    25 years of the best spring time memories you can get

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    I was going to tap today, because the next 5 days look favorable, however the extended forecast shows it getting very cold for more than a week afterward, so I think I'll hold out until our next warm-up.

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    Long range (10day) is very cold and this looks to be at the most a three day run. I'll hope for more at the far end and wait for some of this snow to melt. I'm in the Byron Center area. Good luck for a great season!

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    I tapped 3 silver maples with gravity lines in Grosse Ile this morning. Sap is flowing at 2.1, 3.4 and 4.1 brix. I’m very happy! I had to secure my buckets, because we’ve got high wind and thunderstorms tonight.

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    Haven't done syrup in 5 years. I put out 8 taps today south of Kazoo. It's flowing but I haven't tested the sugar content yet. I will tomorrow. It's flowing, I plan to do a cook later in the week.
    42° 7' 14 N
    50-60 Taps
    Homemade 2x4 Arch
    I do it for fun with family and friends!

  6. #16
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    Looking at weather.com... March 8th is the tap date.
    42° 7' 14 N
    50-60 Taps
    Homemade 2x4 Arch
    I do it for fun with family and friends!

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    If the forecast I have tonight holds we will start tapping the 6th and hope to have them all in by Saturday morning the 9th.
    1986-2002 2x6 Leader evaporator 150 taps drop tubes
    Life happens
    2015 130 taps drop tubes and sap sacs
    2016 225 taps drop tubes and sap sacs
    2017 300+? MicRO single membrane

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    If things keep as they say I will be with you Mille705
    I will lay the first and all taps on Saturday the 9th here in Midland County.
    43.6728° N Sanford MI.

    2015 100 3/16 taps/buckets. 540 gallons of sap = 12 gallons finished. grill side burner (propane)
    2016 100 3/16 taps/buckets 315 gallons of sap = 11 gallons finished Turkey Fryer/ grill side burner (propane)
    2017 100 3/16 taps /buckets 797 gallons of sap = 8 3/4 gallons finished. Home made brick arch (wood)

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    The extended looks like the 8th till April 1 with only one day that stays above 32° it's going to be a hard short season. I can't wait. Good luck to all and happy sugaring.
    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

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    I will be taking Friday afternoon off and tapping then - NW Kent County. I do about 20-25 taps.

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