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    Iím in southern nh and it looks like Iím going to get the drill out tomorrow. I was going to wait but forecast looks great. I may just tap one of my bushes and wait on the other.
    Started in 2013 with 15 taps on buckets and a turkey frier.
    Now 2020, 250 taps, 3/16's with vac. 10x14 sugarhouse. 2x6 Leader raised flue. Homemade 50 gal per hour RO.
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    Still waiting here in Hudson , boy it's tempting though. 50 taps all on buckets so I would like to hold off until presidents weekend if I can. Last year I tapped on the 22nd. Still watching the forecast closely. Hoping for one more freeze then go time, we will see. Good luck to all, with weather like this all I can say is thank God this is only a hobby!
    19x48 mini pro oil fired
    6x12 sugar house off back of shed
    2019- 50 taps all buckets- 6 Gallons syrup made
    2020 -50 taps, more Sugar Maples, with some Reds
    Two kids one patient wife

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    I'm still leaning towards next weekend as planned. The weather has been temping though.
    Josh

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    I'm tapping this weekend. I got my RO fixed last weekend and got my tanks and releaser all set up so I'm ready.
    Russ

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

    Algier 2x6 evaporator, W F Mason arch
    Lapierre 250 Turbo RO machine
    SP-22 vacuum pump
    1930 Ford Model AA Doodlebug tractor
    1971 IH 454 52hp diesel tractor
    A couple of Honda 4 wheelers
    About a dozen chainsaws and no chickens

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    Looking like Sunday for tapping for me in Hudson. Looks like a nice freeze up Friday and Saturday then decent weather. I may wait until a little later in the week but if the 14 day holds by the 22 we should be in a good stretch. Would be a week earlier than 2019 but that seems about right with this pattern. If I was on tubing I probably would have gone for it last weekend. With my buckets rain, wind, and snow make it interesting
    19x48 mini pro oil fired
    6x12 sugar house off back of shed
    2019- 50 taps all buckets- 6 Gallons syrup made
    2020 -50 taps, more Sugar Maples, with some Reds
    Two kids one patient wife

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Lampron View Post
    I'm tapping this weekend. I got my RO fixed last weekend and got my tanks and releaser all set up so I'm ready.
    Did you end up tapping Russ? I was going to tap Sunday but now next week looks crumby too. May end up waiting until next weekend.
    Jake
    smoky lake 2x4 hybrid pan on homemade arch
    115 taps on gast 1550 pulling 25hg on Bernard releaser
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    Quote Originally Posted by raptorfan85 View Post
    Did you end up tapping Russ? I was going to tap Sunday but now next week looks crumby too. May end up waiting until next weekend.
    The forecast for this week didn't look good so I didn't tap last weekend. I'm going to tap this Sunday and Monday and hope to be boiling by next weekend.
    Russ

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

    Algier 2x6 evaporator, W F Mason arch
    Lapierre 250 Turbo RO machine
    SP-22 vacuum pump
    1930 Ford Model AA Doodlebug tractor
    1971 IH 454 52hp diesel tractor
    A couple of Honda 4 wheelers
    About a dozen chainsaws and no chickens

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    My taps went in today because I had the time available. Hoping to get a run Sunday to clean the lines then everything is getting collected. Hopefully will be in the same boat, boiling by next weekend after the freeze.
    Last edited by raptorfan85; 02-13-2020 at 06:31 PM.
    Jake
    smoky lake 2x4 hybrid pan on homemade arch
    115 taps on gast 1550 pulling 25hg on Bernard releaser
    24x12 sugar house
    2019 Kubota L2501 work horse

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    Think I am going to wait on tapping until next Saturday. I had thought I would tap tomorrow but looking at the forecast I only see a couple of days of the sap flowing then another freeze. Being all buckets I want to be sure to be in for what will hopefully be the whole month of March. Hopefully the 14 day forecast holds. I do think there will be a good run tomorrow and Monday. Had 0 this am in Hudson. The wife is not happy as she knows I will be pacing around the house tomorrow second guessing my decision. For those that are already tapped enjoy the boil!
    19x48 mini pro oil fired
    6x12 sugar house off back of shed
    2019- 50 taps all buckets- 6 Gallons syrup made
    2020 -50 taps, more Sugar Maples, with some Reds
    Two kids one patient wife

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    I'm going to tap tomorrow and Monday. The forecast still looks a little cold but it's go time!
    Russ

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

    Algier 2x6 evaporator, W F Mason arch
    Lapierre 250 Turbo RO machine
    SP-22 vacuum pump
    1930 Ford Model AA Doodlebug tractor
    1971 IH 454 52hp diesel tractor
    A couple of Honda 4 wheelers
    About a dozen chainsaws and no chickens

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