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    Default Cleaning bottom of pan?

    This is my second year with not giving the bottom of my pan a good cleaning. I have used a flu brush in the past but does anybody have recommendations on how to get it spotless again. We have a 2 x 8 raised flu. Our wood has been pretty wet and has built up a lot of stuff
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    Flip it upside down and fill the underneath of the flues with your choice of cleaner. A lot of folks use vinegar, pan acid etc


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    If it is caked on, I use a piece of copper pipe with one end flattened to make a scraper. It works great scraping off the soot and doesn’t scratch the stainless steel.
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    Not gonna lie, I discovered a weed whacker takes off caked on soot really well. Pan was leaning against the shack after cleaning when I buzzed by it. It's hella loud but the soot chunks flew right off. Plastic string didn't dent or scratch the metal either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nasion View Post
    Not gonna lie, I discovered a weed whacker takes off caked on soot really well. Pan was leaning against the shack after cleaning when I buzzed by it. It's hella loud but the soot chunks flew right off. Plastic string didn't dent or scratch the metal either.
    Well theres another excuse not to trim the yard anymore


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    2019 - First season ever
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    -Season Total: 7.5 gallons - pulled taps after running out of firewood and time
    2020
    Built 2'x8' Oil Fired with Thor drop flue pans
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    -Season Total: 55 gallons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mead Maple View Post
    Well theres another excuse not to trim the yard anymore
    The "Soot-Eater"...coming soon to a maple equipment store near you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrTimPerkins View Post
    The "Soot-Eater"...coming soon to a maple equipment store near you.
    HAHA! Peel the Stihl stickers off it, throw on any maple supplier logo and watch the price double
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    I like all the ideas! nervous to try the weed eater! but i could see using pan acid.
    2011-73 taps, Barrel evaporator, Made 16 Gallons, http://s1126.photobucket.com/albums/l603/palmer4th/
    2012-100-120 taps, flat pan 2x6 http://s1126.photobucket.com/albums/...Sugar%20Shack/
    2013- 150 taps, added blower http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amlowhYM0as

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    i'm curious as to why you want to get it spotless again? only because, after the first boil next year, it'll be all soot again! not saying it's a bad idea... just curious if it is actually worth it to get it spotless again?
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    Spotless may be a bit overkill, but o want to give it a good cleaning, we let sap ferment in our pans until late July to clean the inside then wash them so I won’t be doing anything until then. They come out almost spotless and it’s no work! As far as the bottom goes I have heard the ash build up can block a lot of the heat? Not true?
    2011-73 taps, Barrel evaporator, Made 16 Gallons, http://s1126.photobucket.com/albums/l603/palmer4th/
    2012-100-120 taps, flat pan 2x6 http://s1126.photobucket.com/albums/...Sugar%20Shack/
    2013- 150 taps, added blower http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amlowhYM0as

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