Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Cheap Maple Tree Taps
I needed a few more taps for the trees down by the creek so went to Coles Hardware Store in town. I like Coles. It's like an old fashioned hardware store, great customer service, and you can wander around and take your time to look at things while creating a project in your mind. When I told the salesclerk what I was doing - tapping maple trees - she brought out some bonafied cast aluminum taps. Not good for me! They were $4.99 a piece and I don't want to boil down the $100 gallon of syrup any more than do I want to grow the $200 tomato in the summer. We looked through plumbing parts and found this:
The plastic tubing fits over the threaded end and the wedged section fits into a 3/8" hole drilled into the tree. The tube is directed into a water jug. If you're going to use a jug make sure it has only had water in it. Not milk. Even the slightest bit of fat residue left over from milk could taint your sap. This arrangment of plumbing part and tube cost less than $2.
I went down to the creek, drilled the hole in the tree and before I was even done drilling, the sap was flowing. More boiling tonight!