3/16 Tubing Resources
In 2013, we received a Working Lands grant from the State of Vermont to transition our sugarbush to 3/16-tubing, which allows for a natural vacuum system. By making this transition, we were able to eliminate the traditional vacuum pumps that many modern sugaring operations rely on. Ours was the first commercial scale implementation of this experimental system in Vermont, and Art continued to conduct research and implement improvements into this method through Spring 2022. Most recently, he focused on sanitization methods for 3/16 tubing. Art was always happy to share his findings with other sugarmakers. We have compiled his writings, videos and other resources here.
Sugarmaker weighs in on cleaning 3/16 tubing. Maple News. Aug. 4, 2019
5/16 vs. 3/16 no clear winner: Experts give overview on best practices for your lines. Maple News. May 26, 2021.
Sanitation Session: Practical Methods for Sanitizing 3/16 Tubing. Recorded webinar from Future Generations University. Dec. 17, 2020.
More and Better Cleaning 3/16 Tubing with Calcium Hypochlorite
This work © 2021 by Arthur Krueger is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Cleaning 3/16 tubing with Calcium Hypochlorite
This work © 2018 by Arthur Krueger is licensed under CC BY 4.0
The Best Way to Clean Sap Lines
This work © 2017 by Arthur Krueger is licensed under CC BY 4.0
The New 3\16" Maple Tubing System at Krueger-Norton Sugarhouse - Vermont
Instructions for installing new high vacuum natural gravity maple sap collection system using 3/16" tubing and no vacuum pump or releaser.
This work © 2014 by Arthur Krueger is licensed under CC BY 4.0