To put a bag on a bag holder, start by removing the inner ring.
If this is your first time using the bag holder, you may need to adjust the tension of the inner ring as explained HERE. This will prevent the ring from sliding out of the Bag Holder’s main frame, keeping the bag secure inside the frame.
Place the open end of the sap collection bag inside the ring so it is about 2 inches above the ring. Fold the bag down over the ring like the collar of a shirt.
Then place the ring with the bag back into the bag holder and pull down on the bag firmly to make sure that the ring has been seated in the v-notches of the holder.
Now your bag holder is ready for the tree. There is a hole on the back of the Bag Holder so that you can attach the Bag Holder to the spout on the tree. The Bag Holder will rest on the spout.
IMPORTANT TIP: It is best if the spouts are slightly down pitched to help guide the sap down into the bag. In contrast, back-pitched spouts can cause the sap to follow the spout backward and then drip behind the bag. The sap then runs down the outside of the bag and creates a wet spot on the tree trunk. This could lead you to assume that your bag is leaking when it is not.
Sap bags are disposable and designed to be replaced every year. It is a good idea to have some extra bags on hand just in case a squirrel chews a hole in one or it is otherwise damaged. Smoky Lake Sap Bags will hold about 4 gallons of sap.