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    This reminds me of a remark from a fellow hobbyist.
    "Sugaring is a fun hobby, except in February, March, and April. During that time its a little hectic and a lot of work"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy VT View Post
    This reminds me of a remark from a fellow hobbyist.
    "Sugaring is a fun hobby, except in February, March, and April. During that time its a little hectic and a lot of work"
    I like that one!

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    Would a vented roof cap on a metal roof, that runs the length of the roof, act as quasi cupola? Would it allow at least a fair amount of steam out?

    https://share.icloud.com/photos/0dfG...JlVNnqt_DEWQeg

    My gable peak ends will be wide open and so will be the walls, except where it is lined with my fire wood.

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    Gary
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 106.5 L of delicious syrup made
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    From the size of cupolas I have seen I don't think you would get the exhaust rate with those.
    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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    Gary, I tried that with mine and it didn't work. I now have a 2 x 4 cupola, works great. Open one side or the other depends on the wind, sometimes I drop them both.
    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

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    Thanks.

    The two guys that will be helping me with the roof, who have more experience, seem to be reluctant to build the cupola, but I guess I will have to insist.

    I am still a few weeks from that. I am waiting for a backhoe to dig out two stumps that are in the way of my deck area, and it will dig out my four post holes. Then comes sono tubes and concrete, and then the build starts.

    It will be dual purpose, a sort of gazebo, (pavilion) with a large deck in the summer and a “sugar pavilion” in the spring. The deck will surround the concrete pad I used last year, that the evaporator sat on.
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 106.5 L of delicious syrup made
    DYI RO and DYI Vacuum Filter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pdiamond View Post
    Gary, I tried that with mine and it didn't work. I now have a 2 x 4 cupola, works great. Open one side or the other depends on the wind, sometimes I drop them both.
    Thanks

    I have a friend, who has a cupola that runs the length of the shack and both sides are open with no windows. Works well for him.

    I will do something.
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 106.5 L of delicious syrup made
    DYI RO and DYI Vacuum Filter

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    It's tough to find "plans" for a cupola.

    I made a box section that would just fit between the roof truss' and then secured the box to the truss'. I used louvered fence sections horizontally to create the openings.

    2015 - 8 buckets, 332L sap, 8.5L syrup - Barrel evaporator, 2 steam pans
    2016 - 8 buckets, 432L sap
    2017 - 10 bags, 470L sap, 9L syrup
    2018 - 20 bags, 1050L sap, 17.6L syrup
    2019 - 20 bags, 970L sap, 22.2L syrup
    2020 - 17 bags, 813L sap, 17L syrup

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobbletop View Post
    It's tough to find "plans" for a cupola.

    I made a box section that would just fit between the roof truss' and then secured the box to the truss'. I used louvered fence sections horizontally to create the openings.

    Thanks! Nice sugar shack! If I ever get a real evaporator, I will add walls to what I am building, but while I am using a cinderblock evaporator I want lots of open sides.

    Can you open the lourvers or does the steam find it’s way through. (I know that could be a stupid question). Is your cupola about a foot high?
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 106.5 L of delicious syrup made
    DYI RO and DYI Vacuum Filter

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    The picture is crude drawing of my truss spacing plan for a 12’ beam. I may still have a 16’ long beam and add two more trusses. The red line will be where my exhaust pipe will be. If I have a two foot long cupola it would go between 56” and 80” truss, but likely will make a four foot cupola going between the 56” and 104” trusses.

    Also attached is a plan for a cupola. I would likely have the middle truss go all the way up like the others.

    https://share.icloud.com/photos/09f6...VbKwpxGlvjXKPg

    https://share.icloud.com/photos/03eU...Fk5l5zhJQdRKBw
    Last edited by Swingpure; 05-22-2022 at 07:05 PM.
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 106.5 L of delicious syrup made
    DYI RO and DYI Vacuum Filter

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