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    Default Tap Leaking Tree?

    This is one of my best producing maples, which is leaking sap (now frozen) as of yesterday. I havenít tapped yet and hopefully itís not a split from a tap last season. No evidence of woodpecker or sap sucker holes either. Tree is otherwise in good health. Should I hold off tapping this one until next season?
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    I've never seen anything like that. Maybe there's a crack leaking out snowmelt from above that's freezing. Try checking the sugar.

    And I would tap it.
    Ken & Sherry
    Williston, VT

    2017 - 13 gallons on 65 taps (12 buckets, rest 3/16), 2x4 flat bottom, modified cargo box sugarhouse
    2018 - 90 gallons on 418 taps (gravity lines), Leader 30"x10' Vortex Arch & Max Raised Flue with Rev Syrup Pan, New Sugarhouse
    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.
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    I have some that do that periodically. If I tap them I only do one tap or if they are smaller skip it. Never figured out why it happens, could be a wind shake split it.
    125-150 taps
    Smokey Lakes Full pint Hybrid pan
    Modified half pint arch
    Air over fire
    All 3/16 tubing
    Southern Ohio

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