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Thread: Anyone utilizing a wood chip boiler in their sugaring operation?

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    Default Anyone utilizing a wood chip boiler in their sugaring operation?

    I am toying with the idea of burning wood chips in my evaporator and have already made a few calls about having a boiler built. Is anyone burning chips in their evaporator?

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    VVS High School, Verona NY

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    We have two colleges, a middle school and high school burning chips in Bennington. I own a few big chippers, chip transferring equipment etc. and while I was bucking slab wood this weekend I was thinking how much easier it would be to just chip the slabs into my wood shed. I burn about 25 cords of slab wood each year in my sugar house and it's getting old lol. I had the contact info for a guy building pellet burning furnaces in the Burlington area so I'm waiting to see if he'd be interested in building a wood chip burner.

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    I think Danielsonsugarbush, a member on this forum, has a wood chip evaporator.
    zero taps... just lurking
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    Pretty sure there's at least one in Vermont, think they built it themselves, search old posts I think there is a thread about it.

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    yes, member name Mark on here has a wood chip burner he designed and built himself. lots of old threads on this - search wood chip

    http://mapletrader.com/community/sho...ight=wood+chip

    some discusion toward the end of this thread:

    http://mapletrader.com/community/sho...ight=wood+chip


    The Gagnes from Highgate Vt. I think also had a chip evaporator - think they adapted a Leader?
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    Yes we burn woodchips and it works great for us. We added four feet onto the front of a Leader 5X14 to except the woodchips, we auger them in continuously for a constant heat. Its a lot of small pieces that work to make one big one. Made over 13,000gallons on it this year. The wireless vacuum monitoring system(TapTrack) has alot to do with making that production level.

    We will be one to the stops on the Vermont Maplerama tour this year, come see it run.
    Highgate
    30,000 plus Taps
    Wood Chip Evaporator
    TapTrack System- Wireless vacuum monitoring

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    Has anyone on a small scale just shoveled in chips over the coals after the fire is established?
    Jeff

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    and still lookin to get bigger

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    Theres a guy in Colrain, Ma. who uses one. He's "Rockmaple" on the trader. Although he does'nt post much, you could try to contact him. I know he likes it.
    Sean

    2013-1st year...94 taps, 12x24 sugarhouse, home built evap. Gast 2065 pump with bender
    releaser.
    2014-30x36 sugarhouse, 2.5x10 "Jutras" evaporator, 1200+ taps on vacuum, sap brothers RO. 2 sihi 2 stage pumps, 440 gal.

    2015- 1000gph memtek RO, 3250 Taps, 1200 gallons

    2016- Modified grimm 4'x12' evaporator with auf and aof with air preheater. Home built airtight arch front. 4250 taps?

    2017- 2400gph. Lapierre RO, 10" filter press, 5000 taps

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    A friend of ours built a wood chip unit for his 2 by 4, his name is Josh Laroche in Swanton. He tinkered with it all season and made close to a barrel of syrup off it.
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