CacheCrazy.Com: Maple Sugaring Part 2

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Maple Sugaring Part 2

Well folks I'm back with some more maple sugaring. This year I decided to do things a little differently. Last Saturday my daughter, Kyo-Kat, and I started tapping our maple trees.

I'll explain as I go along what I am doing at each tree. I know this is a little odd since most folks tap about 3 to 4 feet off of the ground. I've been told that I am a little odd anyway so now I think you'll understand why.

                     
This is the first tree and the start of my tubing. It goes around the tree and then through the little plastic eye/drop line attachment. I start high in the tree to allow gravity to take the sap from this tree down line to my barrel. A friend of mine actually taps his trees so that his sap flows up hill. His system is another unique one.










This first tree now has the taps/drop lines attached. The sap is then able to come out of the tree and down the drop line to the main line. It then goes around the tree and to the left to the next tree.






From here the line continues to the left to the next tree.























Here I am drilling the hole for the tap and drop line. You can see the drop line just below my left arm.















Now I gently "tap" the tap into the tree and the sap begins to flow.


















Here are three taps that are now allowing the sap to flow downhill by gravity.








This is the main line from the last tree all the way back to the barrel, which is where all of the sap gets collected.









This is the end of the line. The sap comes from the right around the pole and into the barrel.










Looking down the sap line. Don't get too close because here it comes.
















This Saturday I will build my fireplace where I will boil down all of my sap into maple syrup. I plan on putting the fireplace to the left of the barrel. That way I will only have to walk a few steps to retrieve the sap. In previous years I had to drive my truck to the front of the house and then dip it out into a cooler and then drive it back up to the fireplace. This new system should make my life a lot easier.

In just one day I had about 5 inches of sap in the barrel, and that was with only 5 taps. By this Saturday I will have all 12 taps in, and as long as we have some warm sunny days I should get a lot more sap. The perfect day for a good run of sap is 40 degrees with some sun and then dropping off to 32 or below during the night. You don't want the sap to run all night. I really feel this is going to be a great year for us.

I hope you have learned a little bit more about maple sugaring. If you would like to try tapping your own maple trees just let me know and I'll help you out as much as I can.







2 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Well that's a pretty cool way to do that. Will a lot of the sap get trapped in the tubes and wasted tho or will it all run out?

BigAl said...

Kim, the sap will run down the tube into my barrel. If it's frozen it just stays there until it warms up.

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