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Thread: My plan 2022/23

  1. #271
    Join Date
    Jul 2021
    Parry Sound Area, Ontario


    The last to days were quite windy, so my wife and I walked the lines again and they were all okay. While at the peak I explored the topography for a possible fourth line next season.

    We will have to see if the landowner will let me return at all, but if he will and does not mind me adding another line, and if I am not overwhelmed this year, I might add another line of 25-30 taps.

    Approximately 93 days away from tapping! (Sugar Moon)
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 109 L (28.8 gals) of delicious syrup made.
    DYI RO and DYI Vacuum Filter
    Planned 174 taps, 166 on lines and 6 on drops to pails, for 2023 with a 2x4 divided pan and base stack, 8” pipe, on a block arch.

  2. #272
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Nashville, MI


    It is just like any other type of canning, always use new lids.
    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 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

  3. #273
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    West Falls, NY


    Quote Originally Posted by Swingpure View Post
    It was a stand alone floor blower and I could not make a hole wide enough to accept all of the air it puts out. If it ever died, I would be in trouble.

    I rather have enough natural draft and let the blower add to it. I have a 100 cfm blower and will buy a 600 cfm blower with three settings if the 100 is not enough.

    Right now with my existing door I can control the amount of the draft, from 90 sq inches down to zero. I am hoping the 100 cfm one will be perfect, some air, but not too much. Last year I had my leaf blower and even from a distance, it was way too much.

    I am at peace not getting the whole new evaporator at this time and not getting the metal door at this time and next year I will re-evaluate.
    Although the new evaporator was tantalizingly close. I will have to pick up a temporary part time job next summer if I want it badly enough, and I will already have the pan and base stack for it.

    If you use a blower you almost have to have a motor controller to adjust the speed. A leaf blower or a bounce house blower will work, you just dial it up or back as needed. Something like this (but check the amperage on the motor you are using):


    And as mentioned above you don’t want any other venting besides the blower and the stack.
    Sugaring since 2000. Currently 113 taps on tubing and gravity. Homemade evaporator and RO.

  4. #274
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Wardensville, Wv


    Quote Originally Posted by Brien View Post
    Is a blower one of those dangerous buys. like you get a good increase in your boil rate, but then you have to listen to the thing all day?
    Depends on the blower you buy, if you are just doing air under fire, I have a dayton blower that is very quiet, can't really hear it over the boil. Some of the high pressure blowers for air over fire are a bit more loud and some producers mount them "outside" and pipe the air in.
    2023 - Add more taps on vacuum, build new sugar house
    2022 - 52 Gallons - DIY RO, 50% less fuel, no late nights in the shack!
    2021 - 48 Gallons - new pans, new arch, lots of new taps and tubing
    2020 - 32 Gallons
    2019 - 27 Gallons

  5. #275
    Join Date
    Feb 2022
    Essex Junction, VT


    P.S., I might have been a bit careless in suggesting getting a door for the cinder block evaporator. In theory, forgetting exactly what it looks like, but just remembering that it looked really good, it seemed logical to think that if one thing could be improved, it would be to install a real door, but I did not think though at all how that would be accomplished and what sort of air flow considerations would have to be made first. But I think you've got a solid 2023 setup!

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