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Re: A few questions for you sugerers

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Posted by Salmoneye on February 12, 2004 at 09:58:32 from (

In Reply to: A few questions for you sugerers posted by SteveB on February 12, 2004 at 09:06:14:

I have never heard of anyone using a salt tablet in the hole...I have seen some people use a can of air to get the shavings out of the hole...I have seen one strange sucker use a super-soaker with a 50-1 water to bleach mix to clean the hole and 'sterilize' it before inserting the tap (spout, spiggot, spile)...I use nothing in the hole...You should not be using a 5/8ths bit either...The hole for older style metal and plastic taps should be 9/16ths...The newer 'tree saver' plastic taps are 5/16ths and the experimental stainless taps available almost nowhere yet are 3/16ths...

I have never seen anyone tip their spouts...Most people go to extraordinary lengths to keep them level, even so far as to attach levels to their tapping equipment...

On older trees with thick bark you need to get the rough bark off the outside before you tap...Oldtimers used a hatchet or the claws on a hammer to gouge (gently) down to the 'orange' pith underneath the rough outside bark before starting with the bit & brace (old hand drill)...2 inches is about as deeply as you want to drill...If you start on the outside of the really thick bark and drill 2 inches you will never get to the cambium layer where the sap runs...

Kettle Syrup is the best there is...At least to those of us that eat syrup for 'flavour' and not for show...'Fancy' looks good on a Martha Stewart table, and is sweet as heck, but has no 'maple' taste at all...

If you really want the answers to all your questions (and the 7 million that you didn't ask), then see the link below...That is the 'bible' for people that did not grow up sapping...It is dang handy at times to those of us that did...

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