We are tapping our native Manitoba Maples this year - friends of ours have been doing this for the last few years, and so we're giving it a try. Hopefully the weather works in our favor this spring! We are doing it the cheap way - drill a hole into the tree, jam in a tube that leads into a 5 gal. pail. And I'm covering the pails in used plastic shopping bags - better than going to the landfills! We'll write an update in a couple of weeks to tell you how it went - one tree that's in a sunny spot has been producing a bit, even though it is below freezing still.
A 21st-century Renaissance Man with all sorts of schemes.