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    Default Mild steel pan

    Built a 2x5 arch to use with my 24x24 pan and was going to purchase a 2x3 pan but funds are just not available right now. My neighbor is willing to weld up a mild steel pan for me he suggested 22 gauge mild steel. My question is will 22 gauge mild steel be ok or would thicker be better.

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    I believe stainless steel should be your only choice for pans coming in contact with boiling sap. Have you searched around for used 2x3 Stainless pans locally?
    6th season solo sugar maker in a young sugar bush of mostly red maples
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    Since this was my first year and with a low budget I went low cost for my setup. I ordered 24ga full size buffet steam pans from Amazon. I know it's not the best route and will buy a proper pan if my first run is successful. Those pans could be a good alternate to mild steel pans.
    2021 - Year one. 15 taps using 5/16" and drop tube into buckets. Homemade barrel evaporator with 2 steam trays. 4.7L syrup.

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    I know stainless is the standard. I will not be selling the syrup.

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    To answer your question, 24 ga OK, 22 or 20 ga even better. You will need to be super careful to remove all oils 100% on new mild steel. After the season you will need to coat the pan inside and out with a cooking oil or cooking grease. Otherwise it will rust badly. Then before the next season make sure you remove all oil remaining, it may well be rancid and spoil the new syrup you make. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for a SS syrup pan, or even a SS buffet steam pan.
    How many taps are you thinking?
    Dave Klish about 400 taps, down from much more. Retired from collecting and boiling in 2021. Mostly because of a bad hip.
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    The steel pan will only be used this year. Planning on 120 taps on shurflo vacuum.

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    At 120 taps with Shurflo vacuum, are you planning to sell syrup? If yes, check the local regulations on evaporators, are mild steel units allowed?
    Dave Klish about 400 taps, down from much more. Retired from collecting and boiling in 2021. Mostly because of a bad hip.
    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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    Will not be selling the syrup. I will be giving it away to family and friends, I just get the satisfaction of making my own syrup.

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    If you want to keep your friends and family happy and coming back for more syrup...don't cut corners...get a stainless pan.
    John Allin

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    I know there's lots of negative about using steel but it just not in the budget this year. I've read a few post in the past about people using steel and thought for $25 it was a cheap alternative to get me by for this year

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