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Thread: Boxelder for Evaporator Firewood

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Nashville, MI


    The true name of the box elder tree is an ash leafed maple. They can be tough to split as they are sometimes very crooked.
    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

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2022
    Essex Junction, VT


    Good point about splitting. Tough splitting could put a free wood into the not-worth-it category pretty quick.
    Related question... if you didn't know what wood-fired evaporator you'll end up with but want to start getting some firewood seasoning..... what length would you cut it? I figure the absolute largest evaporator I'd get in the near future would be 2'x4'. I suppose the smallest would be something around 16"x30"

    (edit: probably about 2 feet huh?)
    Last edited by Andy VT; 04-22-2023 at 09:35 PM.

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