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    Default Homemade Arch - 275 Oil Drum & Chrome Exhaust Stack

    I'm new to Maple Syrup Production. We built our first evaporator from a 275 oil tank.

    The top of the oil tank was cut off prior to removing from basement.

    The top was tack welded in place and the two ends were cut and welded together to make the exhaust flue:



    Welded 1-3/4 angle iron around the top opening of the evaporator burn chamber for the evaporator pan to sit securely on.


    Cut out the front for barrel kit door. Also cut another 4"x 8" for blower fan below internal grates.


    evaporator_1.jpg evaporator_2.jpg evaporator_3.jpg evaporator_4.jpg
    Last edited by jwith; 02-06-2018 at 09:52 PM.

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    Default Homemade Arch - 275 Oil Drum & Chrome Exhaust Stack (Continued)

    Continued...

    Welded channels to hold firebrick in place. This arch will be moved seasonally.


    Closed off the back of the oil tank to push exhaust towards the evaporator pan. The firefox is 26" to support 24" logs.



    evaporator_6.jpg evaporator_5.jpg evaporator_7.jpg

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    Default Homemade Arch - 275 Oil Drum & Chrome Exhaust Stack (Continued)

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    Moving evaporator into place


    Test boil on evaporator


    evaporator_8.jpg evaporator_9.jpg

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    Nice, I love the ski instead of legs. Anyone going try riding it back down the hill?
    2019- RO
    2018- 25 taps made 8 gal syrup.
    2017- 25 taps -built a 2x3 flat pan, and a fuel tank arch for it. 335 gal 7.34gal syrup.

    2016- 15 taps, 4.3gal syrup boiling on cinderblock arch 3 roasting pans, 1 redneck trash can with a pot, and a turkey fryer.

    2015- 4 taps 44 gals of sap made 2.25 gal of lite syrup.

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    Really nice work, how's it running
    2017 25 taps on buckets got me hooked 1 gallon of sweet
    2018 51 taps on 3/16 tubing/ DIY oil tank evaporator 8.5gallons finished
    2019 tapped 1/26 aiming to beat last year

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbc76 View Post
    Nice, I love the ski instead of legs. Anyone going try riding it back down the hill?
    It's funny you mention the skis. We have no intention of ridding it down the hill. They are more there for structural support, maybe the ability to move it on snow, and to help ease leveling.

    Once we were done constructing the arch we rolled it out to the driveway to paint it. The driveway was all ice and down hill and those skis didn't budge. We could not push it. We had to use a pulley to get it back into the garage after.

    Maybe if we grind off the rust and wax them they might work better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjadamec View Post
    Really nice work, how's it running
    We have only tested it with 33°F water in a temporary steel flat bottom pan. We made a temporary pan 8" deep to just test the Arch. We were waiting on our SS evap pan to be made. Very unscientific, but our initial boil up took about an hour. and it evaporator about 10-15 gallons an hour. We should know more next weekend. I'm hoping with the up coming weather we will get a good run.

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    Default Evaporator Pan

    I can't take credit for this pan as we had it manufactured. It is a 2x4 3 baffle section continuous flow pan. It is made of 18 gauge 304 SS.

    We added a warming pan on top. The warming is from some old brewery equipment. It is divided into 3 sections.


    Warming pan:


    Evaporator pan:


    evap_pan_1.jpg evap_warmer_pan_1.jpg

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