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Make Your Own Maple Syrup with the Maple Tapping Tree Kit

Disclaimer: I received this product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinions based on my own experience with the product.

With over two decades of tapping maple trees every February, my anticipation for the new Maple Tapping Tree Kit was undeniable.

As a seasoned homesteader, there’s a special joy in crafting your own syrup straight from the trees you’ve nurtured organically.

This kit promised to enhance our tapping process with its thoughtful design and practical components, offering a seamless journey from tree to table right on our homestead.

The prospect of enhancing our pure, additive-free maple syrup straight from our land fueled my excitement, because of the addition of the line tubes to complement my grandfather’s tried-and-true metal taps.

Join me on this homesteading adventure as we delve into the art of maple tapping and unlock the natural sweetness of our trees.

Fresh maple syrup in mason jars.

Taps That Make a Difference

One of the standout features of the Maple Tapping Tree Kit is the practical design of its taps.

Unlike the older taps I had inherited, which required cumbersome lifting of heavy buckets, these taps have revolutionized our tapping process.

Crafted with precision from durable, food-grade materials, they allow for the easy attachment of larger 5-gallon food-grade buckets with lids.

The introduction of this innovative tapping system, where the heavy buckets are set on the ground under the tree, has been instrumental in simplifying our tapping process.

This setup not only eliminates the need for lifting heavy buckets off of a hook attached to the metal tap, but also ensures a more stable and secure collection system.

Additionally, the use of sealed buckets and lines helps prevent bugs and other contaminants from compromising the purity of the sap collected from our trees.

Maple tap and line in a walnut tree feeding the sap into a food grade bucket.

Practicality Meets Convenience

The Maple Tapping Tree Kit offers ingenious solutions to common challenges faced by homesteaders during maple tapping season.

One such challenge is the threat of rainwater diluting the sap or bugs contaminating it.

With the introduction of sealed buckets and lines in the kit, these concerns are effectively addressed.

The use of sealed buckets ensures that rainwater cannot seep into the sap, making the boiling down process easier because there is no chance of collecting rainwater with the sap.

Additionally, the buckets are securely set on the ground under the trees, minimizing the risk of them tipping over during inclement weather, especially if you make sure to set them in a flat area and secure them to the tree itself with twine or ratchet straps.

This setup not only protects the sap from contamination but also allows for a more efficient collection process, even in adverse weather conditions.

In essence, the Maple Tapping Tree Kit provides practical solutions that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of maple tapping on the homestead.

By addressing common challenges such as rainwater and bug infestation, the kit empowers homesteaders to produce high-quality syrup with ease and confidence, ensuring a successful and satisfying tapping season year after year.

Enhancing Efficiency with Tubing

The inclusion of tubing in the Maple Tapping Tree Kit is truly a game-changer for us homesteaders.

This innovative addition revolutionizes the way we collect sap, making the process smoother and more efficient than ever before.

Gone are the days of painstakingly emptying heavy buckets and worrying about contaminants sneaking into our precious sap.

With the tubing seamlessly connecting the taps to the collection buckets, the sap flows directly from the tree to the container, eliminating the need for manual intervention.

This not only saves us time and effort but also ensures that the sap remains pure and untainted throughout the collection process.

Moreover, the tubing acts as a protective barrier, shielding the sap from unwanted debris, high winds that blow sap away and pests like ants.

By keeping the sap enclosed and secure, we can rest assured that only the finest quality sap makes its way into our buckets.

In essence, the tubing included in the kit not only enhances the efficiency of our sap collection but also safeguards the purity of our homemade syrup.

It’s a simple yet ingenious addition that transforms the maple tapping experience for homesteaders like us, allowing us to enjoy the fruits of our labor with confidence and peace of mind.

Read on to see what all you get with this kit.

Maple tap and line in a walnut tree feeding the sap into a food grade bucket.

Comprehensive Kit Contents

This kit includes everything you need to get started, pre-connected and ready to use:

  • (5) 5/16” Maple tree taps (spiles)
  • (5) 5/16”x 3-foot blue drop line tubes
  • (1) 80 Page Fully Illustrated Guide to Maple Tapping Book
  • Quick-start instruction sheet by Maple Tapper, the maple tree tapping experts

The Guide to Maple Tapping

Accompanying the kit is the invaluable “Guide To Maple Tapping” by Julie Fryer.

Despite my years of experience, I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of insights packed into its 80 pages.

From the basics of maple tapping to syrup-making techniques and delectable recipes, this guide is a must-have for any maple

tapper’s arsenal.

Unique Features

The Blue Tubing is more bacteria resistant than traditional clear tubing; it draws less sunlight, yet still shows the flow of maple sap.

The 5/16” tap causes 30-35% less damage to the tree compared to traditional 7/16” spiles.

Of course, they stand behind the quality of the taps and tubes with a lifetime guarantee.

Unlocking the Maple and Walnut Tapping Potential

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, this kit is the perfect addition to your maple – or walnut – tree tapping arsenal.

In conclusion, the Maple Tapping Tree Kit, coupled with the expertise shared in Fryer’s guide, has reinvigorated my passion for maple tapping.

If you’re a fellow maple or walnut tree tapper, I highly recommend giving this kit a try and diving into Fryer’s comprehensive guide—it’s a journey you won’t regret.

Want to know more about how our maple syrup season went?

Then be sure to listen to our podcast Reflections on a Challenging Maple Syrup Season.

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