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    Default Smallest size tree acceptable for tapping

    Hey all, a friend of mine is planning to buy some 8ft high maples that are 6 in around. Seller tells her that in 3 yrs time they will be tappable.

    W.T.F.....would any seller be that unscrupulous?! My smallest trees is 10.5 in front to back, a good 40 in around, and it's a one-spiler. Biggest trees are about 190-200in around and they take 3.

    Thoughts welcome!
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio

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    I think lots of guys tap anything 8" and up. Everyone has to make their own choice which of their trees to tap though.
    Second generation sap rat.

    Started taking over in 2012
    2012-2016: 300 buckets 120 on gravity tubing. Waterloo 2x10 wood fired. Averaged 105 gallons per season.
    2017: hoping for 300 on 3/16 with Shurflo and 50 buckets. New used 4x14 Algier wood fired cooker. 180 gallons of syrup

    2018: 300 on vacuum 2 buckets, finally got a splitter!

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    If the trees are 6" around now (2" dia) then in an open area (lawn) with good light and appropriate soil and moisture, they should be ready to tap conventionally (10" dia) in 20-25 years. The first couple of years they will recover from transplanting, then once the roots are established, they should put on ~1/4 dia a year.

    If the friend intends to "topless tap" them using Dr Tim's methods, then they could start this year.
    Big_Eddy
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    Hey Big_Eddy, no way am I tellin my friend about topless tapping!! I don't know what method her cousin's bf is using but I sure hope it isn't that.
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio

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    I have heard that they are too small when you drill the tap hole and have to put a spile in both sides of the tree to plug the hole! Not touching the topless thing!
    Regards,
    Chris
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