|Item Weight||12 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||10.7 x 10.2 x 1.8 inches|
|Item Package Quantity||10|
10 Maple Syrup Tap Spile Kit 10 Taps + Lines, Spiles, Syrup
|Price:||$21.53 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details|
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Will order more for next year.
Installation of this set is a breeze... the tubing is a tight fit on the tap, but that can be made easier by allowing it to soften in hot water for a minute or so.
If there is an issue with this set, it is that the tubes are not very long. You can purchase a suitable 1/4" ID tubing from your local hardware store (and even some barbed T fittings if you want to route multiple lines into one) and route the lines as needed.
Something that worked well for me is drilling holes in the plastic caps of the bottles and fed the tubing into the cap. This allowed for quick "switchout" and the seal between the drilled hole in the cap and the tightly fitted tubing keeps unwanted pests and dirt out.
So, the collection process turned out to be the easy part... and that is what this kit is designed to do. I think the interesting part is how inconsistent sap production is. With my 2 sugar maples below freezing, it didn't do much of anything... but other days I'd draw up to 5 gallons.
Now, the process of cooking the sap... this is pretty tedious and time consuming. I used the single burner on my propane smoker and cooked out about 3/4 gallon per hour. I cooked down about 6 gallons per day to about 3 quarts (8:1), which was manageable to store in the fridge before attempting to cook it to the final 40:1 on the stove top.
The final cookdown is not as easy as it might seem, either. As the syrup thickens, you have to keep stirring and managing the heat, or this can get out of control in a hurry. I've never seen a 3 quart sauce pan JUMP on a glass top stove, before... but with about 3" of liquid that was cooking on a low/medium heat, this did.Read more ›
They were amazingly easy to install with only a cordless drill and a rubber mallet to tap the spiles into the holes. Within minutes, I had sap running into a few empty 1 gallon water jugs. I could barely keep up with the output, and on several days I had to empty the jugs several times a day to keep them from overrunning. I was able to boil down almost 28 gallons of sap into several quarts of the most delicious maple syrup we've ever had (using a propane burner outdoors), so I was totally delighted in the performance of this kit. Most of my (decidedly urban) friends were astounded.
Removal of the spiles took no time with a slight twist and tug, and clean-up of the kit couldn't be easier with a bit of dishwashing liquid and a quick rinse with a mild bleach solution, so I'm ready to go for next Spring! I would not hesitate to recommend this kit to anyone who is curious about sugaring.
I used a cinder block evaporator. I used 20 cinder blocks in a rectangle with one end open. I put 3 ft of stovepipe in the top back for a smokestack and put bricks around that. The front I left open to load wood. Once I got the wood in I would close it back up with bricks,except for two small holes to allow draft for the fire. On the top, I used two commercial steam pans, one aluminum and one stainless. They have a small lip around the edge of them. So I positioned my cinder blocks to hold the steam pans by those lips, and put the pans right next to each other. The pans enclose most of the top of the set up, with a gap in the front and back. I used sheet metal weighted down by bricks to completely enclose the rest of the gaps.
This keeps heat from escaping, so its essentially a small woodstove with the pans and sheet metal as the top.
I was cooking off 2-3 gallons of water per hour. Then I finished it inside and filtered it.
Can't wait till next year!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our 12 year old gut a bug to try out collecting maple syrup this year. We ordered him these taps, he put them out and before you know it we were boiling down sap! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah
They worked great! Quickly drilled the hole with a cordless drill into the tree, lightly tapped the tap into the hole with a mallet after attaching the hose, inserted hose into a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Worked perfectly on my BoxElder trees (they are in the Maple family) Collected 14 gal of sap and made 3 pints of syrup. Everyone says it is delicious. Ratio was 40:1 reduction.Published 2 months ago by Paul Herigstad
These were simple to use, they came in shorter time than expected and I am very satisfied! Thanks!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
These spiles worked well for me. While they don't have the rustic charm of the steel spiles, the price was right and they seem durable enough to get many years' use out of them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jake
First year to try syrup tapping, but had success with these. Only tried a couple of trees to see how things go but now am excited for next year!Published 2 months ago by Jean
These taps are easy to use. They make a smaller hole than the metal spiles, but produce just as much sap. The tubing fits into our 5 gal. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William H. Buss