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Old 02-01-18, 10:58 AM
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Cool maple tapping

just wondering if anyone has tapped their maple trees yet, I am in northeast pa and usually tap in the 1st or second week of feb. I was thinking of tapping last week but decided to wait a little longer until weather gets a little more consistent, I'm just a back yard tapper usually 10-15 taps with buckets
 
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Old 02-02-18, 05:06 AM
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Lucky you!

Tree tapping depends on consistent daytime temps above freezing and nighttime below freezing.
This will not be for another two months for us.

Last season we tapped a few trees early in the season and when they began producing reasonable amounts tapped the rest.
 
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Old 02-02-18, 07:52 AM
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good luck when you do start tapping, hopefully it will be a good year, did you ever get into tapping birch
 
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Old 02-03-18, 07:41 AM
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No.
We don't have any Birch on our lot and are still feeling out the whole sugaring experience.
Last year we gathered 100 litres of maple sap to make 2 litres of syrup.
It was a good pastime for a time of year that is in-between seasons.
We need to improve our boiling down equipment because it took a lot of propane using a turkey cooking pot.
Need to come up with an evaporation pan that would boil down more quickly for less cost.
 
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Having the property and trees is usually accompanied by having lots of wood to burn. Using wood to boil down the sap is a bit more challenging, but far less expensive. 50 to 1, guess I'll keep buying mine from a local farm .

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Old 02-03-18, 09:42 AM
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I hear what you are saying about the work.
It's just like fishing or hunting........meat from the grocery store is a bargain compared to harvesting it yourself !
 
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I agree, nothing taste better than $50 a pound venison .

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Old 02-06-18, 06:31 AM
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I just use cinderblocks to make a little fire pit put a grate across it and use 2 turkey roasters to boil, it really get it boiling and is still a long process, I boil it down as much as I can then bring in the house to finish it, this works pretty good for me, it is a great time of year for this nothing else going on and if I am lucky the weather is good on my days off where I don't mind sitting out side. I also make some maple candy which is delicious. if you don't mind giving up some syrup? I usually make smoked kielbasa and sausage with my deer meat, again takes time but I enjoy doing it breaks the winter up.
 
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Old 02-14-18, 10:48 AM
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I have a 2000 Acre Sugarbush directly across the road from me (about 14,000 Taps on a Gravity Pipeline).

I just noticed that they drew out their first Sap of the year yesterday . . . . just 500 Gallons; but that's how it starts.

The acreage across from me is only a collection area, and even though it's equipped with a Vacuum Pump and a Reverse Osmosis unit, they take the reduced sap (reduced by over 50%) off by truck to a facility 5 miles north of me where it is boiled down to render the actual end product . . . . Maple Syrup.

I think this is very early . . . . the trees must put a natural anti-freeze into that sap.

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wow that is a lot of taps, I tapped feb. 15 ran good for while then the weather turned, yesterday and today flowing great, did my first boil today, hopefully another one Thursday. I think weather is getting to warm now no freezing temps at night for awhile.glad this is just a hobby for me and not have to worry about the weather to much
 
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