As you can see in the picture above, there are not a lot of tools required for getting set up to collect maple sap for Maple syrup.
A couple of other things to know... To collect maple sap effectively, the temperatures need to be below freezing at night and above freezing during the day, and the tree cannot have leaves so it must be done in winter.
After selecting your tree (s) it only takes a minute or so to drill it and tap it and get it all set up.
I used a setup that is of my own creation and different from what is normally used. I did not want to use open buckets because I wanted to keep the insects out of my sap along with all the other airborne debris.
So I was able to get some 5 gallon water jugs with lids.
I drilled a hole in the top of the lid big enough to barely fit the piece of tubing that will run from the spile(tree tap) to the jug.
I then took all my gear out to the trees that would be used.
I drill a hole in the tree no more then two inches deep. I have 5/16 spiles, so that is also the size drill bit I used. Also, I drill at a slightly upward angle to help with proper flow.
I then use a small rubber mallet to gently tap the spike in until it it snug, being careful not to go too far and break my spile.
Then I run the tube into the jug...and wait...
The chugs will slowly fill up and once you have enough sap you can begin the process of boiling it down into syrup. This year I tapped seven trees, and received about 90 gallons of sap.. that turned into about a gallon and a half of syrup.
I must have done enough right to be successful as I was able to sell 50ml bottles of it for ten dollars a piece. I look forward to doing a bigger operation this year.
Stick around and in the next update I will attempt to move a 32 foot long trailer through the creek and into the woods to get it near the cabin for storage....
....It wasn't an easy job.😁😁