Depending on the weather tapping usually takes us around a 4-5 weeks. There are always days that are too cold to tap, or it warms up and we are in for an early season boil. We try to tap when the temperature is 20 degrees of above. We made a mistake last season in a big rush to finish up and tapped some tree as low as 12 degrees. We paid for it during the season as many of these taps ended up leaking toward the end of the season and needed to be either pulled or re-drilled. We definitely spent much more time dealing with the issues of tapping when it was too cold than the time we saved tapping under those cold conditions. We don't plan on making that mistake again this year.
We do still have a bunch of smaller jobs to deal with such as installing our boosters which we have not received from our maple supplier yet, and getting our new booster pump plumed and wired. This pump is going to pump sap 380 vertical feet up and over the hill back to the sugarhouse, so it is extremely important to us. I am still waiting on fittings to even hook up the pump, I was told again today that they would be here this week, though I was told the same last week. Overall, the list does keep getting smaller however every day that goes by I begin to feel a little bit more uneasy and stressed that everything is not 100% ready. Just like every other year, we will get things figured out and working properly, that I'm sure of.
I will be at the Addison County Maple School this Saturday to be on a round table discussion regarding 3/16 tubing. It should be informative if you have any interest in 3/16 tubing.