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Tapping maple trees
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We want to try gathering our own maple syrup from our silver maples. Been reading up on the entire process for awhile. Does anyone know of a local store that would sell spiles? I heard fleet farm might.

Posted on: 2/7 15:03:43
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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I bought some on line a couple years ago. If i were to buy more that's what i would do again.

Posted on: 2/7 16:44:27
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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I bought 10 plastic ones off amazon for cheap. Then I found a metal one at my local ace hardware! Me and a couple neighbors who claim to know what they are doing are going to stick a couple trees on Saturday. Should be interesting.

Posted on: 2/7 22:10:42
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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I could be wrong but it seems to early to start i think another month or more. Spring time when days are above freezing and nights still below are best

Posted on: 2/8 2:54:17
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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Thats what I was thinking. But with the weather we've been having who knows. I'll let them do their trees first.

Posted on: 2/8 4:59:43
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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We might start tapping next week also. Only about a week or two earlier than last year. If the trees dont run not that big of deal but with the temps predicted I guessing they will.

Posted on: 2/8 8:47:04
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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Yeah stay away from the plastic taps, just turns in to a headache IMO.

Posted on: 2/8 9:27:48
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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It can't hurt to get them in early. Looking at the extended forecast I wouldn't be surprised if we had an early sap run this year.

Fleet Farm has a small selection of maple syrup supply stuff. Last year I bought cast iron taps & a hydrometer there. Definitely stay away from plastic!

Posted on: 2/8 9:47:12
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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Well for our first one I think it turned out ok. I bought some used pickle buckets from firehouse subs but even though they claimed they "sanitized" them they still have a very strong smell of pickles. I don't think that the smell will ever come out so I'm skipping that. I'll have to search for some different food grade buckets. My other spiles won't be here until Tuesday so I'll have to wait to do more until l then. Dont laugh to hard at my first ever attempt. 😀

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Posted on: 2/11 14:29:39
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