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    Default Low budget evaporator

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    A little embarrassed to show my low budget, homemade system before now, but as the season winds down for year 3 in operation, she deserves a look. A weekend boiler that squeezes 2-3 boils a year. Able to produce 1.5-2 gallons of some fine syrup per day when up and running. A used pan, an old tractor cart and some used fire bricks along with some sheet metal work make it a simple little setup. Just thought it might be worth a look to one or two. Have a great day!

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    That looks great! Nothing like making a few gallons of your own syrup for the year.
    Dave
    2014 30 taps, steam tray pans
    2015 ~100 taps, in conjunction with University of Louisville
    2x5 Smoky Lake hybrid pan

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    Nice! Nothing to be embarrassed of there; you're making syrup!
    42.82N
    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.
    2020 - 4x400 RO - RB20 (uh-oh!)

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    You gotta start somewhere. Just be careful because it becomes addicting if you upgrade anything. I started with 10 trees, then 40, now 90 and we may have access to 100 acres of maples across the street from me (~1,000 more taps). It gets crazy, but it is so much fun making your own food with your own trees. Farming at its best.
    2015- Didn't know my new property enough to tap anything. 4-feet of snow on the ground.
    2016- 41 Taps with home made barrel evaporator. Made 1.5 gallons syrup.
    2017- 79 Taps with home made block arch evaporator. Made 2.47 gallons syrup
    2018- 91 Taps again with home made block arch. Homemade RO worked great. Made 6.96 gallons syrup.
    2019- 84 Taps. Building another arch. RO in place. New Smoky Lake 2x4 Divided Pan. Everything switched to 3/16" tubing.

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    Nothing to worry about. It works. Good for you.

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    If it makes syrup, it's not embarassing!!
    Looks good!!

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    The steam coming off looks impressive.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, downsized after I lost my help, about 450-500 planned for 2021 (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
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    You are making a product for you and your family to enjoy. Nothing embarrassing about it, the steam is impressive, you must have a very good boil rate. I bet everyone enjoys the syrup you make.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - going for 100 taps bags and buckets

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    Thanks for all the encouragement! I must admit that we all enjoy the final product, and the satisfaction of making something from our property. We put out 27 taps and on good weekends are able to collect about 90 gallons or more. I figure with the blower and hot fire, I can boil at 8-9 gallons per hour, maximizing the rate for the size of the pan. I expect that once I retire, the operation might get just a bit bigger, but that will be another story!! For now, just hoping to get my grandchildren excited about something other than facebook or playstation... Enjoy the fruits of your labors, all!

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