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    Cool Tapping 2022

    Tapped about 325 in Rockport at Minner Maple Farm

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    have a good season!

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    Got 700 taps in only another 900 to go!
    Mark 220 maple
    1100 taps on low vaccum, 900 on gravity.
    900 plus taps leased and on high vacuum
    35 cfm Indiana Liquid Ring Vacuum Pump
    80% Sugar, 20% Red MAPLES
    http://s247.photobucket.com/albums/g...Maple%20Syrup/

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    Must be warmer than me, didn't get above freezing all week until today, hoping to tap this weekend and maybe get a run Sunday if the trees are thawed out. Is the sap running for you Mark?
    2023 - Add more taps on vacuum, build new sugar house
    2022 - 52 Gallons - DIY RO, 50% less fuel, no late nights in the shack!
    2021 - 48 Gallons - new pans, new arch, lots of new taps and tubing
    2020 - 32 Gallons
    2019 - 27 Gallons

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    Yes, sap is running, just don’t have enough open to get a big volume of sap
    Mark 220 Maple
    1100 taps on low vaccum, 900 on gravity.
    900 plus taps leased and on high vacuum
    35 cfm Indiana Liquid Ring Vacuum Pump
    80% Sugar, 20% Red MAPLES
    http://s247.photobucket.com/albums/g...Maple%20Syrup/

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    we are going to put out our buckets today after lunch, and do a little line work, hopefully get the vacuum running tomorrow by end of day.
    going to be a busy week.
    2023 - Add more taps on vacuum, build new sugar house
    2022 - 52 Gallons - DIY RO, 50% less fuel, no late nights in the shack!
    2021 - 48 Gallons - new pans, new arch, lots of new taps and tubing
    2020 - 32 Gallons
    2019 - 27 Gallons

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    A good day tapping, setting at 1166 by 6 pm today, need another good day tomorrow, added a lot of taps in that bush this year, I have two bushes down due to logging, price of Walnut is pretty stout per board foot, a neighbor got 10 dollars a board foot!
    Mark 220 maple
    1100 taps on low vaccum, 900 on gravity.
    900 plus taps leased and on high vacuum
    35 cfm Indiana Liquid Ring Vacuum Pump
    80% Sugar, 20% Red MAPLES
    http://s247.photobucket.com/albums/g...Maple%20Syrup/

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    I put about half of my buckets out today, where i'm at the trees are still good and frozen, not a single drop. Tomorrow hopefully i'll get the rest of my buckets and get started on my vacuum line. Trying to decide if i should go ahead and put all my taps out, or wait a day or so. I guess if they run a little tomorrow that will answer my question. I won't miss the first run for sure, lol.
    2023 - Add more taps on vacuum, build new sugar house
    2022 - 52 Gallons - DIY RO, 50% less fuel, no late nights in the shack!
    2021 - 48 Gallons - new pans, new arch, lots of new taps and tubing
    2020 - 32 Gallons
    2019 - 27 Gallons

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    Darkmachine,
    What is your elevation? I heard of a producer who made over 100 gallons yesterday, in Bedford County Pa. I’m setting on 900 gallons of sap, your trees should have run starting around 12 pm Wednesday and stopping on Friday afternoon when the Temperature dropped? We had 54 degrees here Thursday night.
    Mark 220 Maple
    1100 taps on low vaccum, 900 on gravity.
    900 plus taps leased and on high vacuum
    35 cfm Indiana Liquid Ring Vacuum Pump
    80% Sugar, 20% Red MAPLES
    http://s247.photobucket.com/albums/g...Maple%20Syrup/

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    Darkmachine,
    I have a different tapping practice than you, I would rather tap a frozen tree, even though I drilled 248 holes myself yesterday on some pretty steep ground, I feel I drilled a quality hole, my reasoning is I have time to look for the best place to drill, yes you should do that at every tree, but when the trees are running, every tree is running, they all are only going to run until the pressure is off, so in my crazy way of looking at it I’m losing sap because I can not get to the next tree fast enough! Every one of 248 holes I drilled yesterday will probably start running almost at the same time, I don’t hang any buckets so I really can’t say how I would drill them!
    Mark 220 Maple
    1100 taps on low vaccum, 900 on gravity.
    900 plus taps leased and on high vacuum
    35 cfm Indiana Liquid Ring Vacuum Pump
    80% Sugar, 20% Red MAPLES
    http://s247.photobucket.com/albums/g...Maple%20Syrup/

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