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  1. #1
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    Morgantown, WV
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    Default Tapping Monongalia County - 2023

    Put in 80 taps on 1/15
    Good sap flow for a couple days.
    Waiting till end of the month to finish up. I may save a section for first week in February.
    I tapped really early last year and it really bit me, worst yield in 9 seasons here.
    I can't wait to fire up RO and evaporator.
    2022 - added pressure filter
    2021 - ~200 taps
    2015 - built home made RO - thanks to Mattatuck Madness for plans
    2013 - move to WV - New Half Pint Evaporator - 80 taps - Bender Releaser from eBay with eBay Gast pumps - new building
    2012 - got divorced - moved from PA - lost farm
    2011 - 140 taps - big 4x4 gas pan
    2000 - 15 taps
    1997 - 5 taps - cooked in roast pans on free gas well
    1996 - 1 tap - gas grill

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    Wardensville, Wv
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    I'm in Hardy county and I have definitely had the itch to tap however I'm still in the process of getting my new tubing runs up. It looks like we are going to have some good freezing weather towards the end of the week hopefully I can get my tubing finished and be tapped in by Saturday or Sunday. That is if I can find some help, 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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    The temptation has been there for sure because of the persistent pesky up and down weather pattern, but I think we are finally getting that pattern change towards actual winter weather that hopefully will last! We are at a historical record low snowfall amount for the 22-23 season at 25" total with only 5" being this month :O Hoping the next month or two makes up for it!

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    added 27 taps today. It was one of those days when every hole that I drilled immediately started dripping.
    I'm about 1/2 done tapping now. I will add more on Sunday.
    Starting evaporator tomorrow. RO worked well.
    2022 - added pressure filter
    2021 - ~200 taps
    2015 - built home made RO - thanks to Mattatuck Madness for plans
    2013 - move to WV - New Half Pint Evaporator - 80 taps - Bender Releaser from eBay with eBay Gast pumps - new building
    2012 - got divorced - moved from PA - lost farm
    2011 - 140 taps - big 4x4 gas pan
    2000 - 15 taps
    1997 - 5 taps - cooked in roast pans on free gas well
    1996 - 1 tap - gas grill

  5. #5
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    Location
    west virginia
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    Yes about every holes drilled was running, got in ca250, you know it’s a good day when there is a “sugar rain” wind not blowing and the trees have so much pressure they are dripping from broken twigs! Nothing like a random drop rattling the leaves.��
    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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