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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Central Vt

    Default Easy pan cleaning ...

    So I had heard about the old school way of cleaning the pans at the end of a season and through sheer laziness did it this season. I finished my last boil, and then filled the pans with sap and added some vinegar. Then I left it... until yesterday. It was nasty looking, but I filled the pan to top, then drained and rinsed it. Amazing, the pan looks new. Only a small amount of residue stayed on the sides of the channels. Everything else was spotless. The old school method is now my preferred method !
    31 Taps in 2011 with buckets, Barrel evap
    45+ Taps for 2012 with buckets, 2x5 Dryer Arch with steel pans ! 8x11 Sugar Shack, Dump Stations,
    60 Taps for 2013- Insulated Dryer arch, AUF,
    2014 watched from sidelines...
    70 Taps for 2015 - dryer arch, new 2x5 divided pan from Smokey Lake with a float box !
    70 Taps for 2016 - added a preheater and new grates for the Dryerator.
    80 Taps for 2018 - Dryer arch got new front and door

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Oxford, Maine


    Interesting. Did it stink up the place?

    2018: 300 taps,60 gallons of syrup
    2019: 330 taps
    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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Oneida NY


    You don't even need to add the vinegar. The sap will make it's own vinegar. I think generally those using that method only let it set 8-10 weeks, not 6 months.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 1000 for 2019?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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