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What Happens When You Tap a Tree?
|Select a healthy surface, use a #7 bit, and drill about 2" into the tree.|
Your drill will penetrate the sapwood (xylem)
Do not drill into the heartwood.
|Spiles are inserted into the taphole. They are made of wood or plastic. They serve to channel the sap into a bucket or tube and prevent the hole from drying out. Over the years, numerous designs were used. The earliest ones were made of wood with a long spout.|
|The spile is inserted into the taphole ...|
|and tapped in gently but securely.|
The tab of the spile serves as the support for the bucket.
Plastic spiles and tubing are often used instead of buckets
|At the end of the season the spile is removed. The growth of the cambium closes the tap hole in one or two growing seasons in a healthy tree.|