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    Default Oil fired to wood fired ?

    Let me know what you think about this----- I have a 2 X 6 MaplePro evaporator and arch that presently is fired by an oil burner. The arch is convertible (I think) to be wood fired. I really like the oil burner in that it fires up and down so quickly. It is very efficient. However, it is noisy and I am drawn to the old and rustic way of using wood. I have been clearing out our woods recently and the thought of using our soft wood for this came to me.
    Has anyone else made this transition? I would suspect that a lot of sugar makers with wood fired operations yearn for a oil fired operation to avoid splitting, stacking or buying of wood.
    Tell me I am crazy and maybe you will save me a lot of hassle. However, there is something about boiling sap with wood where you can carry on a conversation without yelling.
    Thanks------------Maineboiler

    2014: 200 taps
    2015: 246 taps
    2016: 250+ taps
    2017: 300 taps
    2018: 300 taps,60 gallons of syrup
    Drop lines and hanging buckets, all hand lugged
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    17 HP Kubota tractor
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    Sugar and red maples

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    I don't know about switching, but I had a home heating unit that was a combination wood and oil. I could burn either or I could light my wood using the oil burner. I suppose an arch could be built that could operate similar.

    That said my wife's family has always preferred syrup made by boiling with wood. It seems to have a unique flavor that it takes on in conjunction with boiling by wood fired arch.
    2017- Started small- 90 taps and made 7 gallons. Long days and a few nights on a 1x2 and turkey fryer. Did a lot of reading. Caught the bug!

    2018- Bought a homebuilt 2x4 and built a small scale RO. # of taps? More then last year, 225, maybe more, with about 90 on vacuum.

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    Sell the wood and use the money to install sound proofing around the burner.
    3,100 taps
    60 cfm flood
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    5 by 14 oil

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunday Rock Maple View Post
    Sell the wood and use the money to install sound proofing around the burner.
    My thoughts exactly!
    Jared

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunday Rock Maple View Post
    Sell the wood and use the money to install sound proofing around the burner.
    Or, sell the burner and use the money to buy some new saw chains ;-)
    John Allin

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    Good advice. I’ve regained my senses and will look into sound proofing. Great idea. Thanks

    2014: 200 taps
    2015: 246 taps
    2016: 250+ taps
    2017: 300 taps
    2018: 300 taps,60 gallons of syrup
    Drop lines and hanging buckets, all hand lugged
    2 X 6 raised flue evaporator
    7in. Filter press
    17 HP Kubota tractor
    12 X 16' sugar shack
    Sugar and red maples

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    I would never go back to wood. You made a good choice to invest in sound deadening. My leader oil fired arch has an insulated cover on wheels that goes over the entire oil burner unit. It works pretty well.
    984 taps on 24-25" of vac, downsizing to 200-300 all sugars
    SmokyLake 2x8 raised flue on Silverplate airtight arch, same side reverse
    Smoky Lake Great Lakes Guardian Auto Draw
    Wes Fab 7" short bank filter press
    Gast 3040 dry vane vac pump, Lapierre electric releaser
    A&A Finish Tank
    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maineboiler View Post
    Good advice. I’ve regained my senses and will look into sound proofing. Great idea. Thanks
    I used a plastic 55 gallon barrel to cover my 701 on my 3x12. Cut top off and a slot up the side
    far enough for the burner tube. Also had to cut extra out on bottom as it cut down on air. Make sure whatever you build does not reduce air to burner.
    William
    900 taps plus 1400 purchased sap
    3 X 12 Thor pans on a Brian design arch
    1986 Seprotech 900 RO

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    Thanks to all. Good advice. Looking forward to the season

    2014: 200 taps
    2015: 246 taps
    2016: 250+ taps
    2017: 300 taps
    2018: 300 taps,60 gallons of syrup
    Drop lines and hanging buckets, all hand lugged
    2 X 6 raised flue evaporator
    7in. Filter press
    17 HP Kubota tractor
    12 X 16' sugar shack
    Sugar and red maples

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