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The first boil is in the books! This past weekend evaporated our way to our firs…

The first boil is in the books! This past weekend evaporated our way to our first batch of Kentucky maple goodness for 2020 😉🍁👍
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The process was long but fun, and the end product was delicious!
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We used a home-made evaporator made from concrete blocks, bricks, steam pans and wood-fired.
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We had two large 6” deep steam pans from last year and added one more this year (Amazon), the blocks were either purchased (Lowe’s) or found and repurposed, and the bricks lining the inside were given to use from a friend.
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We went two blocks high for the evaporator and ended up with a chimney 3 blocks above the steam pan level.
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Overall it worked well and was fairly efficient, though next time I would put the wood to it a little more heavily and often. The wood box is a little small – going 3 blocks high would be ideal which is about how high I’ve see other homemade evaporators (I don’t have enough blocks this year).
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Some stats…
🍁about 16 gallons of sap collected over one week
🍁15 taps
🍁only Sugar Maple trees
🍁7 hours on the evaporator – 3 on the stove (brought it in a little early)
🍁a little less than 3 pints of maple sweet goodness
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