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  1. #1
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    Smile tapped today

    We tapped 12 trees today about 50 miles south of Chicago. The sap ran full from all taps suspect all pails will be full or over half way by Sunday.

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    I have been repairing lines, putting up new lines, making drops, clearing brush in anticipation of tapping around Feb. 15th. Wife and I take a trip to Florida to see a granddaughter during early February every year.I thought I would be maxed out at 100 taps but I will have around 150 this year and I still have more trees that could be tapped. Tally ho☺

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    emptied pails Monday got almost 30 gas sap from 12 taps.running 3%

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    Finished up tapping today. Ended up with 210 taps.
    Camp Wokanda
    Peoria Park District

    2020 - 210 taps 3/16 shurflo, upgraded hp pump on RO - 66 gallons
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 dolly RO - 73 gallons
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

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    Going to start running lines and tapping early this week. Looks like good weather this coming weekend for my area (Rockford). Bought a new smokey lake 2x4 divided pan for this year. Tired of batch boiling and dealing with the fire underneath when pouring off. Over the years I burnt my pan twice, overflow boiled, and dropped my pan full of sap in the fire. Hopefully no more of that nonsense.
    2020
    8th year making sugar
    120 taps second year on vac

    2x4 Divided pan.
    Homemade RO 4x42XLE
    Shurflo 4048 pump

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    Tree Tapper2, Smart move on your part.You'll be so much happier with that pan. Just imagine instead of the fire the sap got dumped into it was your leg, soo much safer now. Best of luck to you this year.
    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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    Finished tapping today. Around 130 taps, only 2 holes were wet. Still more things to do but let the fun begin ��

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    First time back yard enthusiast. Started yesterday in Northeast Ohio


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    Finally got things rolling. It's funny how you forget all the things that need fixing or change from last year until you have to get going for the new season. Have about 200 gallons of sap. Shurflo pump is working it's little
    heart out. Started boiling this evening.
    2020
    8th year making sugar
    120 taps second year on vac

    2x4 Divided pan.
    Homemade RO 4x42XLE
    Shurflo 4048 pump

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