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    Quote Originally Posted by DrTimPerkins View Post
    The "Soot-Eater"...coming soon to a maple equipment store near you.
    Where theres a commercial theres a sale....


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    Quote Originally Posted by mainebackswoodssyrup View Post
    HAHA! Peel the Stihl stickers off it, throw on any maple supplier logo and watch the price double
    Once I got into maple I said if its shiny or has maple leaf imprint just go ahead and assume the price is double!


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    2019 - First season ever
    -Goal: 3 gallons
    -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
    -Goal: 20 gallons
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    Been using a pressure washer for years..its messy..not worried to get it spotless

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Puhl View Post
    Been using a pressure washer for years..its messy..not worried to get it spotless
    I do the same as Dave. Been doing it for years also. Hardest part is getting everyone here to help take them off and then back on when clean.
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    Easy Off and a pressure washer.
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    Ima try a peroxide, baking soda, dish soap paste this year
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    Glass cleaner for wood stoves etc. from Rutland works good on soot buildup. Not sure om the real thick stuff though.

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    Oh good, the soot is A) normal, and B) OK to leave on for the season. Just finished my third test boil and panicked that was what people meant by burning the pan. After a good 45 minutes with 2 brillo pads, Dad came along with a mini-paint scraper and I was done with the pan in a couple minutes.
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    Aaron, you don't need to get all the hard creosote off until after season, but you'll want to brush the soot off the bottom of the pan everyday or two before firing up. It will help your boil. I use a grill brush I got at Lowes. You may need to put a long handle on it. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Weber-Grill-Brush/50330231

    In mid season I pull the pan and scrub inside and out. On the bottom I just use a putty knife or a flat piece of copper. I don't put a lot of pressure on the putty knife as I'm only looking to get the worse of it off. Inside the pan a vinegar soak and then a Mr clean magic eraser does wonders. A copious bleach solution rinse followed by a clean water rinse and I'm back in business. At the season end I let sap ferment for about 6-8 weeks and then power wash and clean it to a shine . At that time I'll use some oven cleaner on the bottom (fire side) and wash after I scrape off the heavy stuff.
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    Oven cleaner and pressure washers do wonders for soot. That’s what we use at the end of the season. Very little wiping with oven cleaner and paper towels to what little bit is left off.
    270 taps on 2 Shurflo's, 31 taps on 3/16" and 120 taps on gravity. 421 total for 2021 season.
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