+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: What gauge steel for pans ?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Central Vt
    Posts
    304

    Default What gauge steel for pans ?

    Ok, skipping the whole stainless vs. steel discussion , what gauge plain steel would or have people used for pans ? Going to pickup some to build a quick set of pans for the new arch and was debating 18 vx 16 gauge steel... I will be either migging or solder these pans...

    Thoughts ?
    31 Taps in 2011 with buckets, Barrel evap
    45+ Taps for 2012 with buckets, 2x5 Dryer Arch with steel pans ! 8x11 Sugar Shack, Dump Stations,
    Goal : 60 Taps for 2013, Drop tube setup, Divided front pan, Insulated Dryer arch, AUF, Relocate Sugar Shack...hope for longer season.
    Reality : 60 taps, Insulate Dryer arch....

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    hopkinton nh
    Posts
    1,118

    Default

    deffentaly mig weld them. i have heard that 20 gauge stainless will transfer heat the same at 14ish gauge steel. so you could get thicker steel so it would be easier to weld. ror get 18-20 gauge and have it transfer even better.

    spencer
    Spencer Carney
    350 taps
    phaneuf 2x4 with hybrid pan
    2-350 gal, 5-55 gal drums, and a cage tank

    only 16 yr old at school making syrup!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carney...3279081?ref=hl

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    GR, MI
    Posts
    217

    Default

    It depends on how much experience you have welding. 18 ga steel is about .010" thinner than 16 ga, so I don't think it will make a big difference in your boiling rate. 18 ga is a little tougher to weld so if you don't have a lot of experience I would go to 16 ga. Have fun building your own stuff.
    Hunting shack in the woods w/o electricity or water
    1st year 65 taps 2010
    134 taps 2011
    150 taps 2012 - 5 gal buckets on drop tubes and sap sacks
    300+ for 2013 with a new preheater
    Home made 2 x 5 Stainless evaporator with drop tube pan

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/boarsnest/
    http://vimeo.com/10886218

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    lisbon ny
    Posts
    11

    Default

    almost done with a new set of pans and we did use mild steel easier to work with as well as cheaper we tried last year to make stainless steel pan and the word TRIED is the key we didnt have any luck but with the mild steel we have done well we used mild 20 gauge for the fle pan and 22 gauge for the finish pan may even boil tommrrow if all goes well

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Central Vt
    Posts
    304

    Default

    Thanks for all the feedback, I picked up 18gauge on Friday, even got a deal cause it has some light rust on it ! Will be working on it this week. Of course I already have my taps in so I am likely going to go a quick and dirty build. Will try Mig, but not optimistic since I haven't been doing it much lately. Likely will go way low tech with pop-rivets and soldering to seal. I can always go back and rework later. I also want to try a flue pan as well so that may happen next season ...

    Thanks again for the info and support , I will try and document to process for anyone who is interested.
    31 Taps in 2011 with buckets, Barrel evap
    45+ Taps for 2012 with buckets, 2x5 Dryer Arch with steel pans ! 8x11 Sugar Shack, Dump Stations,
    Goal : 60 Taps for 2013, Drop tube setup, Divided front pan, Insulated Dryer arch, AUF, Relocate Sugar Shack...hope for longer season.
    Reality : 60 taps, Insulate Dryer arch....

+ Reply to Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts