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    Default Wood pallets for evaporator fuel

    I have about 20 or so wood pallets stacked behind my shack. They came with wood pellets that I have had delivered in the last 2-3 years that I use for a pellet stove to help heat my house .

    Today, I tried to pull apart the pallets so I could cut them up for firewood for the evaporator (I have a 2X4 Mason).

    The nails are all rusted and it was a pain to pry them out. So I just cut up the pallets with a chain saw.

    But the long, thick pieces that provide the structural support for the pallets have many nails still in them. Should I remove the nails before burning the wood? Or can I just throw the pieces in the evaporator to burn and clean out the nails after the fire in the evaporator has gone out?

    Thanks

    Mark
    Mason 2x4 w/raised flue pan, 240 gal. sap tank, 80 Reds on 5/16 tubing and Lunchbox releaser/pump, 20 sugars on buckets

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    I burn them with the nails. Then before firing up the next time, I use a magnet on a stick to get the nails out of the ashes.
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    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    I use pallet wood every year. My grates are a series of angle iron and the nails fall right through and come out with the ashes.
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    Thanks guys.

    I wasn't sure if the nails would somehow damage the evaporator.

    But if I don't have to pry the nails out of the wood, it makes using pallets for fuel a lot easier.

    Mark
    Mason 2x4 w/raised flue pan, 240 gal. sap tank, 80 Reds on 5/16 tubing and Lunchbox releaser/pump, 20 sugars on buckets

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    Just be careful about where you dump the ashes. Some of these newer fasteners remain dangerous to tires for decades.

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    We burn lots of pallet wood and call our evaporator the nail puller.
    After each cook we use a magnet to collect the nails and end up with a 5 gallon bucket full by the end of the season.
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    I burn it with the nails and use a magnet to get the nails out too. My local scrapyard will take the buckets of nails.

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    I take my ashes after running the magnet threw, and run them through an old window screen that I put over another bucket to make sure that the nails are all out.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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