These 5/16″ stainless steel taps by Sap Meister will last a lifetime, are easy to clean, and cost less than the current cast aluminum spouts. Also, they will stay seated in the tree better than plastic spouts.
Stainless steel provides a sterile environment for maximum production. These can be boiled and sterilized year after year. Producers who reuse cast aluminum and plastic spouts are beginning the season by inserting contaminated equipment into a new hole which causes the tap hole to start closing up sooner.