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    Morning. First time installing tubing, and tapping a line of trees on a significant hill that wasn’t practical to do buckets on. I’m thinking of getting the tubing up before the snow flies, but have some questions. Should I just run the tubing now, and add the tee’s and drops this spring? How long of a run can I go without a tee? How tight should I run the tubing? I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and insights!
    1990's: Dad ran a buckets and cinder block evaporator, dragged us kids along.
    2020: 35 buckets over a cinder block evaporator
    2021: Smoky Lake Dauntless with a divided pan. 45 taps on 3/16 tubing and another 45 buckets. Set up in a Lean-to off the side of the shed

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    I would run the tubing before the snow flies and even add in the drops so all you have to do in spring is tap. I prefer the 5/16 drops into a 3/16 lateral. Not sure on what you mean by distance without a Tee. Run from your collection tank uphill weaving between trees to keep it tight and go from one maple to another until you have your 25 to 30 taps. The runs can be 1500 feet or more as long as you have a decent slope on the lower end. Up higher you can run level if you need to or even go uphill some to get your trees but make sure there is plenty of drop after that to make up for it.
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    Super Sapper is absolutely correct. The distance between tees can be as far as needed to get to the next maple, just keep it tight and the most critical part is the bottom 30' in elevation. I suggest you don't have any taps in the last 10' of drop if you can avoid it. If possible run extra down hill to get past the lowest maples. An option is to run a second lateral in 5/16 to catch maples that are too close elevationwise to your collection point. If you do end up using a 5/16 lateral line on lower trees, strive for 5, never more than 10. In the 3/16 you can even run 35 taps, but 25-30 is a good goal.
    Dave Klish about 400 taps, down from much more. Retired from collecting and boiling in 2021. Mostly because of a bad hip.
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    Do yourself a favor and get some sriracha sauce and put on the lines at the trees or on the tree. Teach the squirrels not to mess with it or you'll be repairing lines come tapping time.
    125-150 taps
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    I got the tubing up today, 2 runs down my hill. Tomorrow I’ll add tee’s and drops. And then... we wait.
    1990's: Dad ran a buckets and cinder block evaporator, dragged us kids along.
    2020: 35 buckets over a cinder block evaporator
    2021: Smoky Lake Dauntless with a divided pan. 45 taps on 3/16 tubing and another 45 buckets. Set up in a Lean-to off the side of the shed

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