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  • dalewick
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    Nice post and an awesome skill set.

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  • JLBIII
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    As Mangler mentioned for a good sap flow you must have cold weather, up here in New England we had one of the warmest winters on record. For optimal flow you need temps in the high 30's and low 40's during the day and below freezing temps at night. We just didn't have many of those this year. Hell by this time of year in NH we would usually have snow totals over 175 inches, this year we barely made it into 30 inches total IIRC. Pure Maple syrup will definitely be very expensive this year.

    Joe

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  • Mangler
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    Originally posted by countryboy6685 View Post
    Thanks for the info . I will pick some up this week . Why was the season so short this year?
    Robert W
    The weather warmed up too soon.

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  • Bullet-Caster
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    I woud also rather use wood but at the time didn't have anything set up.
    Originally posted by Omegaman View Post
    Very nice set up you have going there, great pan. We had such a short poor season this year that we only put up 3 quarts. I will weld up a custom SS pan over the summer and build a more efficient arch. I think I will stick with a wood fired boiler just because I use all of the wood that comes down during the winter storms.

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  • countryboy6685
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    Originally posted by Mangler View Post
    I volunteer at a friends when the sap is running. They tap hundreds of trees and use a vacuum system to collect the sap into bulk tanks. This year the season was a total of three days. They were able to only make 48 quarts of syrup. So, buy your pure maple syrup now, because the price will skyrocket soon.

    Oh, for your evaporator pan do not make it deep. Shallow and wide is much more efficient use of your heat. Of course that means you need to watch it with a bucket of sap ready to pour on to a hot spots to prevent scorching and boil over.

    Good luck.
    Thanks for the info . I will pick some up this week . Why was the season so short this year?
    Robert W

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  • Omegaman
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    Very nice set up you have going there, great pan. We had such a short poor season this year that we only put up 3 quarts. I will weld up a custom SS pan over the summer and build a more efficient arch. I think I will stick with a wood fired boiler just because I use all of the wood that comes down during the winter storms.

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  • Bullet-Caster
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    Here are my Maple Syrup Makin pics. My pan is custom made by a friend why makes items for hospital use. Its 18 by 24 by 8 high 12 gauge medical grade SS. I never fill it more than half way so I keep a good rolling boil.
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    Last edited by Bullet-Caster; 04-07-2012, 11:00 PM.

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  • Mangler
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    I volunteer at a friends when the sap is running. They tap hundreds of trees and use a vacuum system to collect the sap into bulk tanks. This year the season was a total of three days. They were able to only make 48 quarts of syrup. So, buy your pure maple syrup now, because the price will skyrocket soon.

    Oh, for your evaporator pan do not make it deep. Shallow and wide is much more efficient use of your heat. Of course that means you need to watch it with a bucket of sap ready to pour on to a hot spots to prevent scorching and boil over.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by Mangler; 03-27-2012, 09:37 AM.

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  • Omegaman
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    Yes it is. It is the one I keep in my truck and it is well used. I picked it up at a yard sale for $5.00 ( such a deal ). We also make maple candy, and maple sugar with the syrup.

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  • Oscar Wilde
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    Originally posted by Omegaman View Post
    Here is how I boiled off our sap this maple season.
    Is that a woodsman's Pal machete there Omegama?

    O.W.

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  • RICHFL
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    Great to read that some are still tapping the trees. I use to do that on my families farm on Wisconsin. Still remember making maple candy from the sap!

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  • Buggyout
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    WOW! This is amazing. The North East does come with its perks. I would be more pissed off than I am if I didn't have syrup for my pancakes post SHTF! Ha ha. Tell us? What else you do with the syrup?

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  • Omegaman
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    Here is how I boiled off our sap this maple season. I boiled down over 50 gallons of sap this way with a yield of one gallon of finished maple syrup. I made this evaporator using 16 concrete block and two large stainless steel chaffing dishes. The steel plate was just to keep the wind from blowing leaves into the sap but is not needed. I got the block for free from CL and the pans cost $20 each. The fire wood I burned for fuel all came down during winter storms, so it helped me spring cleanup my yard. Next year I will build a bigger stove that will hold 4-6 pans or two custom welded really big deep pans. This maple season was the very short with the wrong weather to make good sap.
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    Last edited by Omegaman; 03-24-2012, 09:54 AM.

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  • Omegaman
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    Living up north I forget that a snowy winter is what helps the sap run, I take it for granted. This sugar season could be really bad as I live in southern Maine and we have had no real snow fall or cold snaps. The days are warm for this time of year and the nights have only been cool not cold. For good sap flow you need 40 degree days and freezing nights. The thing with sugaring is you can make syrup, sugar, candy and even alcohol. When I find my camera I will post pictures of my tools and setup.
    Tools needed:
    hammer
    cordless drill or brace style hand drill
    1/2 or 7/16 drill bit depending on the spill or tap size you use.
    knife
    pliers
    Supplies needed:
    spills or taps ( metal or plastic) I use the stainless steel ones. $ 3.00 with hook
    some thing to catch sap in. I have sapping buckets and milk jugs.
    a strainer to strain bugs and bark out of the sap and to skim foam when boiling.
    some thing to boil of sap. big pots can be used , I use stainless steel 4" deep chaffing trays .
    A heat source ( outside is best ) I have seen people try it in their house and it is so steamy that wall paper pealed. I use a wood fire and burn all of the branches and wood that come down over the winter.
    A candy thermometer.
    Other then the spills most people already have every thing they need kicking around their house. The native Americans did with a knife, spills made from stone or wood and earthen ware jugs. As kids we use to break small branches on maple trees in the late winter. The sap would run and freeze overnight and in the morning we would have maplecicles

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  • Diesel
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    It's something I've been meaning to try, obviously not a big yield in TN due to mild winters, but still doable to some degree I imagine. Any pics of your setup and process?

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