Retailers that sell supplies to make maple syrup include Bascom Maple Farms, Lehman's and Tap My Trees. Bascom Maple Farms sells supplies at its shop in New Hampshire and on its website. Lehman's sells instructional maple sugaring books and supplies such as spiles, buckets and funnels. Tap My Trees is a good source for maple sugaring starter kits that include supplies and a guide book.Continue Reading
Maple syrup starter kits such as the ones sold at TapMyTrees.com typically include up to three buckets, bucket lids, spiles, drill bits and hooks. Buckets and lids are made of aluminum or plastic, depending on the type of kit ordered. Spiles are spouts that are inserted into the holes of maple trees to draw out the sap. Hooks are needed for hanging buckets on trees to collect the sap. Drill bits are used for drilling holes into trees, and a cheesecloth is sometimes included for straining out unwanted material from sap.
Additional tools required to successfully extract sap from maple trees include a cordless drill, hammer and pliers. Several 5-gallon food grade plastic storage containers are needed for storing sap collected from trees. Sap processing equipment is commonly used to boil the sap, turning it into maple syrup.Learn more about Trees & Bushes