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    What material do you all use for your sugar shack ceiling?

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    I have had a wood ceiling for 3 years this year I'm installing steel . Just good old metal roofing from menards it works very good and is washable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody77 View Post
    I have had a wood ceiling for 3 years this year I'm installing steel . Just good old metal roofing from menards it works very good and is washable.
    So why did you switch? I have a 2x6 roof rafters on a 12:12 pitch with a metal roof and v-groove pine lining under the metal. I put the pine lining in to prevent the metal from sweating to bad. So far (one season) it worked great with hardly any dripping on our work area.
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    I have a metal roof on my sugar house and the metal is exposed on the inside. The moisture will condense on the inside of the roofing and drip off of the purlins. I put a steam hood on my flue pan and that stopped most of the dripping.
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    Our roof sheathing is exposed doug fir 2x8's with metal roofing on top of that. More than needed, but no condensation issues at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody77 View Post
    I have had a wood ceiling for 3 years this year I'm installing steel . Just good old metal roofing from menards it works very good and is washable.
    Do you have a steam hood? If not, wondering why you're installing steel over the wood? I think most would go the other way. I have steel and it rains like crazy in the shack when we boil. This month I'm installing foam insulation and shiplap pine over the steel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigschuss View Post
    Do you have a steam hood? If not, wondering why you're installing steel over the wood? I think most would go the other way. I have steel and it rains like crazy in the shack when we boil. This month I'm installing foam insulation and shiplap pine over the steel.
    yes I have a hood I use the smokey lake concentric exaust design just one hole through the roof.
    I also have a cupola for any over flow steem. But sense I built the new hood I almost never have steem the convection draws so well in that design. And in the event I do get steem I fire up the wall heater and warm up the Bush and it is gone in an instant. I'm going steel to hide the old stains and make it washable. I have a low flat ceiling over the kitchen/evaporator aria of my sugar bush. It was a good design 10 years ago. With the old unit but now it's a good coverup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody77 View Post
    yes I have a hood I use the smokey lake concentric exaust design just one hole through the roof.
    I also have a cupola for any over flow steem. But sense I built the new hood I almost never have steem the convection draws so well in that design. And in the event I do get steem I fire up the wall heater and warm up the Bush and it is gone in an instant. I'm going steel to hide the old stains and make it washable. I have a low flat ceiling over the kitchen/evaporator aria of my sugar bush. It was a good design 10 years ago. With the old unit but now it's a good coverup.
    That's makes sense. I have a 12/12 pitch steel roof screwed onto purlins and exposed to the inside. As you said...it was a good and economical idea when I built my shack 10 years ago. The minute I started boiling I realized my error.
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    You can use roofing steel or any product approved for wall and ceilings in a milk house. Must be washable.
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