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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Western, NY

    Default Sugar Shack Build ... all the details

    Hi all... hope everybody had or is having a good sugaring season. Ours ended a little early here in western NY, but since it was my first year with my new sugar shack and Mason 2x3 evaporator, I had fun just the same.

    Anywho... When I was building my shack I searched Maple Trader for all the tidbits of ideas I could find...and I found a lot of good info, but it took me quite a bit of time to piece it all together. I decided to put together a write up on my 16'x24' build on a hobby blog site I run with some of my relatives. Thought it might be handy for anybody that is thinking of building their own sugar shack.

    Here's part I: https://www.relativelyrandom.com/202...on-to-rafters/

    Here's part II: https://www.relativelyrandom.com/202...ding-to-syrup/


    16x24 Old School Sugar House
    Mason 2x3 Evaporator
    Kubota BX sap hauler
    2018 - 8 taps on buckets
    2019 - building the shack...just 1 tap
    2020 - planning 25-35 taps on buckets

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Rutland, Vermont


    Beautiful shack. Very nice!
    Leader 2x6 Raised flue with preheater and hood. Patriot pans
    Leader Clear 5 bank filter press
    Memprotec 200H RO
    400ish taps

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Daleville Pa.


    That is a dream shack. Very very well done!!
    2x3 Patrick Phaneuf pan
    Homemade arch
    100+ taps
    Sugar Shack in future
    Wife into it as much as me
    Also do homebrew


  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Savoy, MA


    Very, very nice! Thanks for sharing.
    16x24 Timber Frame Sugar House
    Mason 2x4 Evaporator
    90 trees on buckets

    "Roses are red and violets are purple
    Sugar is sweet and so is maple surple

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Walpole, NH


    Very nice Sugar House and great write up. Thanks for sharing.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Hopkinton, MA


    Fantastic work - and plenty of room to expand! That little closet you tucked in there will be your RO room. By the way, your dad's advice was right on.
    Woodville Maples
    Something north of 250 taps
    Mix of natural and mechanical vac, S3 Controller from Mountain Maple
    2x6 W.F. Mason with Phaneuf pans
    Deer Run 125 RO
    6 hives of bees
    Keeping the day job until I can start living the dream.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Chassell, MI


    That's a beauty! Excellent write-up and photos along with it. Top quality all around.
    All my life I wanted to make my own syrup. Now I'm livin' the dream!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Oneida NY


    Very nice presentation and a great sugar house. Too nice to call it a shack! Well Done.
    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
    website: www.cnymaple.com

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Catskill Mts, Ulster County NY


    That shack is really quite the build! I'm inspired to start on my shack addition ASAP, all things considered. I already started excavation for the slab. I've been looking at the same VUM document, but since I'm extending my existing barn, the layout and style will vary. I hope to do half as good a job documenting the build as you did.
    Gary / Zena Crossroads / 42˚ 00' 24" N / Hobby in Early '70s, Addiction since 2014

    +-150 taps on 3/16 (45 on Lunchbox Vac/Releaser)
    12x14 timber framed sap house w/attached 10x14 shed roof for storage w/expansion plans for 2020
    2 x 6 Smoky Lake hybrid pan on home built arch (cast concrete) with AUF/AOF/steam hood/preheater
    7.0 KW Sun Power PV System, Smokey Lake Filter Press/Steam Bottler, NGMP 100 gph RO

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Wind Lake, WI


    This is an astounding pair of write-ups! Thank you for taking the valuable time to do that. Saving this as I've wanted to build something similar and may be stuck with more time at home all year than expected
    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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