Maple researcher and Hall of Famer Dr. Timothy Perkins last month unveiled a new design spout and fitting."We call it a barbed spout. It has a much shorter barrel and a series of graduated barbs that hold it in place. It’s designed to not block off as much wood and result in faster and better sap yields."In addition to the spout Perkins, along with researcher Wade Bosley, have designed a new T fitting. "The confluence is curved so that results in less friction and less turbulence and more flow through the fitting,” Perkins explained. Available for the 2024 season, Perkins says.