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    Smile Anybody thinking about tapping

    Looking at the forecast, I was thinking about tapping some, anybody else

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    hoping for another cold spell Jan/Feb before we get started. southern Ohio is still waiting for now.
    Fred Ahrens
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    Richards Maple Products
    Ohio CDL sales rep

    dont take life too serious, nobody gets out alive anyways

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    Tapped about 1/3 of my trees today......all dry holes.
    1st year tapped 5 trees, boiled in pans on rock fire - really smokey taste
    2021 - 20 taps - 4 Gal on barrel stove and pans
    2022 - 9.1 Gal - 41 taps this year. 14 + 7 on 3/16" gravity vacuum. 20 in buckets/bags. DIY RO system - 2/3 water gone - amazing.
    2023 - 59 taps: 25 on 3/16" vacuum line/pump, 30 on 3/16" natural vacuum, 4 on bags. New 2x3 Badgerland pan anxious to try.

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    I was going to tap some, but broke a CV joint on my side by side that I haul sap with, waiting on parts, maybe that was a good thing to make me wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by GWebb View Post
    Tapped about 1/3 of my trees today......all dry holes.
    doesn't look like you have good weather yet. your 10-15 days are too warm.
    Fred Ahrens
    330-206-1606
    Richards Maple Products
    Ohio CDL sales rep

    dont take life too serious, nobody gets out alive anyways

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    I'll probably tap the week of the 16th. We have the annual University of Louisville tapping workshop on the 20th.
    Dave Barker
    2014 30 taps, steam tray pans
    2015 ~100 taps, in conjunction with University of Louisville
    2x5 Smoky Lake hybrid pan
    2022 150 taps

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    I tapped 50 Thursday and had some sap run, but I don't know how much as I let it all run on the ground as a flush. Started collecting today, we'll see. South central Ohio. Still holding 100 taps until late January or early Feb
    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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    I tapped 57 on 3/16th tubing on the 16Th and I collected about 160 gal of sap and had my first boil of the year yesterday
    I got my pan sweetened and had 1 small syrup draw and waiting on more sap

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    I have boiled almost 500 gallons of sap so and haven't added up the syrup but got a few cases bottled.
    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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    I got almost 300 in yesterday, finishein up the rest (200) here in a few minutes.

    So Thursday night here didn't freeze- at my house anyway. I have a North-northeast facing hillside, some of the trees up near the ridge were running yesterday. When i came back down to the bottom of the hill to start up another lateral, my mainline was dripping.

    I was so disappointed that i didn't get finished tappin yesterday, but the 40 mph winds the night before had me fixing some tubing & moving some brush as I went along. Anyways got up this morning & it's 35F...It was supposed to freeze last night, but it sure didn't I was looking forward to a run today. Can't have it all, and thankful for what we do get!
    2012 15 jugs
    2017 125 3/16 - 18" x 72" drop flue
    2018 240 3/16 - Deer Run 125
    2019 450 3/16 - Converted RO to electric, PC 330 pump & added a membrane
    2020 600 3/16 - Maple Pro 2x6 Raised Flue, added AOF/AUF
    2021 570 3/16 - Built SS steam hood, Smoky Lake SS filter press
    2022 800 3/16 - Upgraded RO to 4 4x40, PC 660
    2023 800 3/16 - Re-upgrading RO, building preheater

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