I have a 16 gallon water jacketed bottler that holds about 8 gallons of water in the jacket. I just put 4 gallons of water in a container on a turkey cooker and and bring it to a boil in about 6-7 minutes. I then dump the hot water into the water jacket and it is ready to go. Turn on the electric heat element to maintain 190 degrees and then add syrup that I have preheated to 185 on the turkey cooker. I have got 2 turkey cookers so it doesn't take too long before I am caning syrup. The hot water and hot syrup is usually ready before I have everything organized to bottle.
To turn on the electric element, I turn on a switch box, I never touch the electric element thermostat now that I have it set for 188-190 degrees.
2004- 470 taps on gravity and buckets
2006- 590 taps on gravity and buckets 300 gph RO
2009- 845 taps on vacuum no buckets, 600 gph RO
2010- 925 taps on vacuum new 2 stage vacuum pump
2014- 3045 taps on vacuum, new 1200 gph RO
2015- 3104 taps on vacuum
3' x 10' oil fired evaporator with steamaway