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Collecting maple sap, using free materials (1st run here 2 1/2 gallons sap in a day from 3 spile tree : 3/11/15)

Tools needed are: cordless drill & batteries, mallet, 2 1/2 or 5 gal. food grade bucket + lid, 1/2" handmade copper spiles 3" long, utility knife, approx. 3/4" OD garden hose, 3/4" forstner bit, 1/2" brad point bit, & optional duct tape (in case a line needs adjusted to flow properly down hill.

Tools needed are: cordless drill & batteries, mallet, 2 1/2 or 5 gal. food grade bucket + lid, 1/2″ handmade copper spiles 3″ long, utility knife, approx. 3/4″ OD garden hose, 3/4″ forstner bit, 1/2″ brad point bit, & optional duct tape (in case a line needs adjusted to flow properly down hill.

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The spile, to make it. Deburr it. Lay the cut pipe (diamond pattern as described) on the anvil part of your vise. Take the claw part of a straight claw hammer & pound one side of the cut as you roll it. So it is below the other side that is still round. Now just roll & pound so it looks good. Now if they are need boiled, do so.

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Drill 2 holes in a medium/small tree. Drill 1 1/2-2″ deep, at a slight angle upward (so the spile will drain downward)

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Drill 3 holes in a large/medium tree. Hard maples produce sap with a slightly higher sugar content. Drill 3/4″ holes as needed with a forstner bit in the bucket lid.

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Drill 4 holes for a giant tree. When you drill, be careful not to tear bark off or do any damage besided the drill hole. You will lose sap if you do damage.

1/2" ID x 3" copper spile. To be made use a hacksaw & put the 3" tube in your vise. Now make cuts in a triangle formation. Go as deep as the blade + 1/8".

1/2″ ID x 3″ copper spile. To be made use a hacksaw & put the 3″ tube in your vise. Now make cuts in a triangle formation. Go as deep as the blade + 1/8″.

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March 12, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment