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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    central NH


    Would bar keepers friend work? With a scotch brite pad.

    2x8 Mason drop tube evaporator
    420 Taps
    3 surflo pumps on 5/16
    79 gallons of syrup made
    New kitchen addition to sap house
    400 taps
    52 gallons syrup made

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Harvard, MA


    I wrote in on the same issue several weeks ago and found a low boil with water and baking soda worked wonders. Literally lifted most of the black off as it boiled. It seemed to help pouring the baking soda directly on the black area as it warmed and boiled. I had previously used vinegar and soft scrubbers, a Teflon spatula. I never tried the copper pipe which many had mentioned. My pan is now all clean. Sounds easier than sand blasting??
    Still a newbie after 3 seasons.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons made on a borrowed 2x3 steel arch.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48 Mini-Pro loaned by a friend. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with 3 new neighbors on tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre Jr 2x5 evaporator. Made 17 gallons, Sold around 5 gallons of syrup.
    2019: 100 taps, 60 tapped on Feb 21. Added a small RO.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2015


    Barkeepers Friend with scotchbrite pad will scratch pan.

    2014: 12 taps, 5 gal buckets
    2015: 15 taps on bags
    2016: 150 taps: 100 on bags, 50 on 3/16" natural vac, 2x8 AUF/AOF Homebuilt Arch, 2x8 SL Drop Flu & Auto Draw, SL Propane Canner/Bottler
    2017: 225 taps: Built Lean to, Added SL hood, preheater, concentric exhaust, SL SS 7" SB Filter Press
    2018: 180 taps: Added Shurflo to 50 - 3/16", Auto fill sensor to head tank
    2019: No tapping
    2020: ?

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Oneida NY


    I have not seen it yet, but my friend says he got it clean. After getting some with a copper scraper he made from a piece of copper tubing I left for him to try, I triede something I would not have dared. He had a somewhat cone shaped flap disk that was 180 grit. He put it on a drill motor and gently ran it over the black. He says it came clean and he detected no scratching. He boiled 2000 gal of sap on it yesterday and he said it was the lightest he has made in 5 years. His sugar % in the sap was 2.1%, also the best in at least 3 years. Crisis over, thanks for the ideas.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    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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