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    Default Stainless Boiler eBay Score!

    Long time lurker but wanted to brag about a recent eBay score. I've been looking for some large stainless tanks for my new maple syrup hobby. I picked up a couple of the 30gal tanks for only $150! These are usually $300+. They also have 50gal tanks and I might pick up another as well. I'm new to the hobby but I'm learning a ton from my buddy who has been doing it for years!

    30 gallon - https://www.ebay.com/itm/123777536069
    50 gallon - https://www.ebay.com/itm/123843744192

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    How many taps do you plan to do in your first year, then how many in year 5?
    You might want to be looking for a small milk bulk tank. While it would be nice to get one that works to cool, very few producers have an operating tank. Just for sap storage the usual price in $1.00-1.50/gal.
    You should have at least 2 gal/per tap/day storage, you will get that much on good days. If you boil everyday, that is just 2 gal/tap, but if you must hold sap you need to Watch for sales where small farmers stopped having cows, or even ask arond at farms that might have an old tank around as they grew. If you can boil everyday, plan 2 gal/tap, if you need to hold it for longer, plan accordingly.
    Will your buddy boil on shares when you get too much sap?
    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:-)
    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
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to discuss the point you brought up with my buddy! Much appreciated!

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