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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Albany, Vermont

    Default Simplest Tubing System

    I've resisted installing tubing in my sugar bush and have been collecting sap in the blue bag Sap Sak assemblies. The Sap Saks are a labor-intensive task that, for me, requires two or more people to help collect. This is a weak link in my sugaring operation as helpers are not always available when I need to collect.

    I am thinking of installing a tubing system for up to 400 taps for the 2024 season. My lower sugar bush does not have enough elevation for a 3/16" gravity system. My evaporator is about 1000' from the entrance to my sugar bush.

    What is the simplest tubing system to put up with sap going from the trees to one or more 275-gallon totes? The plan would be to transport full totes to my evaporator.
    2023 - 2' X 6' Smoky Lake Products "Silverplate" evaporator + Increase taps up to 500
    2022 - 295 Sap Sak taps - Sold sap.
    2017-2021 - Didn't tap.
    2016 - 150 Sap Sak taps - Sold sap.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2020


    I believe the three tubing rules are 1 straight, 2 tight, and 3 downhill.
    Having said that, down hill only really has to be about 3-4 degrees. (This is off the top of my head without looking it up). As long as your lines follow the three rules, you don’t need a very steep slope. Use side ties to tighten and straighten droopy tubing.
    2017 - 20ish taps on buckets, boiling outside in two baking pans
    2018 - 70+ taps, 14-buckets, 50+ on tubing, homemade arch from oil tank in my barn, 17 gal syrup
    2019 - same set up, 20 gal syrup
    2020 - less taps, short season, but RO kit was fantastic! 6 gal syrup and a maple cat!
    2021/22/23 - expanded into the neighbors yards! 50 taps on buckets and 40 taps on tubing

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Upper Valley, NH


    You do not need much elevation at all for tubing. Even 3/16 tubing. Not sure what you have for a gradient, but if you are going to move totes, I'd put your totes at the lowest point you can access with a tractor, etc., and run tubing to them. You'd be surprise at what can work - especially if the gradient changes most during the last part of your runs. Absent that, consider a small diaphragm pump with a marine battery, as that can make a world of difference for not a lot of money.
    2023: Award Winning Maple Syrup and Honey!
    2023: 200 Taps on 3/16" "natural vac"
    2022: 150 Taps on 3/16" "natural vac"
    2022: Lapierre Vision 2x6 with Preheater & Marcland Autodraw
    2022: Brand new post and beam sugar house
    2022: 4"x40" RO
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2011


    We have sections of flat bush that still allow for a modest drop in the tubing.
    Zig Zag all over the place, and have each lateral deposit into a 55 gallon barrell as mini collection spots.
    Often I gather solo, and we have 400+ taps in the back of a 300 acre parcel- over 1 mile to the road.
    2010 40 buckets- 4 gals finished
    2011 80 buckets- 14 gals finished
    2012 105 buckets- 8 gals finished
    2013 maxed at 130 buckets- 24 gals finished
    2014 new max at 240 buckets- 18 gals finished
    2015 newest max 240 buckets-+48 taps on 3/16 gravity- 22.5 gals finished
    2016 150 taps on 3/16 gravity- 23 gals finished
    2020 250 taps on 3/16 gravity- 22 gals finished
    2021 385 taps on 3/16 gravity 25 gals finished
    2022 385 taps on 3/16 gravity- 26 gals finished

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