Maple tree sap tapping set up for maple syrup season - Spiles Spigots Taps - Buckets Lids





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Published on May 5, 2011

There are three and four taps in these 2 trees, 3 are the smaller black plastic taps with the blue hose connected, these are really great because they are smaller and only take a 5/16 drill bit and double the amount of sap you get, make sure you have a large enough bucket and check your buckets every day, I was putting sticks in-between the bucket and the tree to keep the bucket level so they would not overflow, its the first time these trees were tapped and probably will not be tapped for many more years and, also, I don't put taps very far in tree so I don't cut off the outer layers of the tree that produce sap.

Remember all of your Sap comes from the outer layers of the tree, if you hammer your taps in all the way your cutting off the best producing area or layers that produce sap, plus you could split the wood fibers or bark and damage the tree, and if you drill to far your just drilling the core of the tree that does not produce any sap and could kill the tree or cause alot of stress for the tree...longer healing time and more chance for infection.

If you cross cut a hardwood you will see two shades of color, Sapwood and Heartwood, on the outside rings are the lighter color of Sapwood, its not very deep and that's were we get the flow of sap from, I've not noticed any difference in sap flow with a smaller hole and my taps not as far into the tree, maybe more with the shallow tap method, and the tree will thank you.

Everyone "in the know" is jumping in here.!



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