Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ready for the run!

With the crazy weather this year we are not entirely sure when the sap will start running for making syrup, but we are ready!  For the last month or so I've been taking time here and there to tinker on our sugar shack, evaporator, and other related equipment

Yesterday I fired up the evaporator for the first time in our new building.  No sap to boil, just some vinegar and water.  This helps to cook loose some of the calcium deposits from last year, but it also allowed me to make sure that everything was properly installed and the necessary heat shielding was in place so that we don't burn the building down. :)

Now we just need to wash the buckets and barrels, which we won't do until it is time to put the taps in the trees.  (There's no place to put 200 buckets where they stay perfectly clean for 2 or 3 weeks)

Cement Board and Tin shielding around chimney

Boiling water and vinegar
Vapor billowing out the cupola


Theresa said...

nMike, do you do a maple sugar tour/field trip with groups? Our kids have never seen the process and I would love for them to be able to.


Mindy said...

Yes, we are planning to do some tours. If you send us your email address we will contact you when tour time begins.

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