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    I cut some short little bits of tubing and put them in my pocket the first time I gather. There will be a couple that fall onto the hook, but it's easy to just push a bit of tubing on there and extend the spout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Greer View Post
    I cut some short little bits of tubing and put them in my pocket the first time I gather. There will be a couple that fall onto the hook, but it's easy to just push a bit of tubing on there and extend the spout.
    I got a couple I'm going to do that on tomorrow! Two days in a row those two spouts over-flowed the buckets without even a wet spot on the tree. This afternoon I go back and the sap is barely drizzling out of the spout, but trailing back to the "washer" and down the hook and down the tree. It's almost is if the tree warmed up and the angle of the tap changed a little. Anyway, that is one of my best producing trees and I'm not going to let sap run down the tree!
    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    2015: New to me Lapierre 18x60 raised flue, new shack, new everything!! 59 taps 23.75 gallons made
    2016: 85 taps 19 gallons
    2017: Purchased 2.5 acres and tubed half with 3/16. 145 taps total 49.25 gallons made
    2018: 200 taps (162 on 3/16ths 38 on buckets) New NextGen RO 63 gallons made
    2019: 210 taps 73.5 gallons made
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    I 2nd using a small zip tie at front edge with zip part pointing down, fixed 30 or so worked on everyone!

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    The newest ones are much better...just a bit longer, and with a nicer drip-edge. I went back and bought all they had at our local supplier.

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    A few years later, what is the verdict on these stainless steel spouts?
    I'm wondering both about buckets and for vacuum tubing systems.
    People were citing backwards drip problems... is that all worked out?
    Does boiling them take care of microbes for lifetime usage with good production?
    Andy

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    Andy, The SS spouts I use for my bags I boil each year and have had no issue, this was my fourth year with the bags. I boil them after use in the spring and place them in a zip lock bag until next year, after they have completely air dried.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal. syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

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    I run stainless taps on my vacuum system and for my buckets, ill never go back. As was mentioned before, I boil them after the season but I also boil them the day I tap. I have not seen any loss in production, two seasons using them, will order more as I grow.
    2023 - Add more taps on vacuum, build new sugar house
    2022 - 52 Gallons - DIY RO, 50% less fuel, no late nights in the shack!
    2021 - 48 Gallons - new pans, new arch, lots of new taps and tubing
    2020 - 32 Gallons
    2019 - 27 Gallons

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