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maple tree spiles

I just ordered 30 spiles from Leader Evaporator in VT. They are 5/16" composite spiles. Has anyone used something similar? Any issues with splitting or leaks?

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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-18-2014, 03:47 AM
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We use all plastic spiles, there are a lot less issues with freezing vs metal ones........they are actually a lot better than the metal ones as far as leaks and such, I haven't broken any yet and we have been using some of them for over 10 years...

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I just use milk jugs and plastic tubing.



It works pretty well for me.


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Re: maple tree spiles

Anybody tappin yet?
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Re: maple tree spiles

I was just thinking this afternoon, that it was time to start.

I use the tube and jug method. Keeps the dirt out of the sap. No leaks, etc. Probken here is that my daughter likes the sap. She drinks it like some folks drink mineral water. She actually mentioned once that a person could make some money selling it as a mineral water in bottles.
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Re: maple tree spiles

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I was just thinking this afternoon, that it was time to start.

I use the tube and jug method. Keeps the dirt out of the sap. No leaks, etc. Probken here is that my daughter likes the sap. She drinks it like some folks drink mineral water. She actually mentioned once that a person could make some money selling it as a mineral water in bottles.
It is supposed to be quite good for you.......

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Re: maple tree spiles

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I was just thinking this afternoon, that it was time to start.

I use the tube and jug method. Keeps the dirt out of the sap. No leaks, etc. Probken here is that my daughter likes the sap. She drinks it like some folks drink mineral water. She actually mentioned once that a person could make some money selling it as a mineral water in bottles.
It is supposed to be quite good for you.......
I dont know if it's of any real benifit to people, but I've watched a chickadee fly right over a creek to get to the drops of sap coming off a maple twig. I guess that sugar water is like high test for those little guys.

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Re: maple tree spiles

I myself was wondering if the tappers were started yet. My GUESS is that the brutally cold weather, with no real warm-up til now, wouldn't have had the sap running yet. But this little warm-up may change that ?

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Re: maple tree spiles

Always wanted to try my hand at tapping and simmering down to make syrup. Looks like a fun project.

How deep do you drill your holes? Do you just fit your hose line into the hole( in the tree ) the best you can?
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Re: maple tree spiles

I tapped three small 10" to 14" trees yesterday all in my front yard, two had light sap run and third had little to nothing. we'll see. Snow pretty deep for me to go tramping around the breaks and hollows.
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