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Salmoneye-evaporator question
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CAH    Posted 03-15-2003 at 17:55:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I recall you had found a used evaporator a while back. Was it the half pint model form Leader? Regardless, do you how fast that unit boils down sap? Does the design of the pan speed things up? Looking to upgrade for next year so I am trying to get some feedback on the Leader half pint. Thanks


Salmoneye    Posted 03-15-2003 at 19:35:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The rig I bought is an old-style Grimm 2x6...2x3 drop flue with a 2x3 syrup pan...Will only handle about 25 gallons/hour...New style with 2x4 sap pan and 2x2 syrup pan will do appx. 30GPH ...If I was going to buy brand spankin new and had the $3,000, I would go for a 2x6 Waterloo-Small, 'Professional'...They are the latest and greatest and will handle 40GPH...

Yes...Pan design is a major factor in evaporative capacity...A flue pan has lots more surface area for heating the sap than a plain flat-bottom like the Half-Pint...

From Leaders own catalog and site, they say that the Half-Pint is only good for 50 taps most...So if you use their formula and work backwards, 50 gallons of sap to boil in 10 hours would put it about 5 gallons per hour...I'd say it probably does closer to 7 but that would be absolute max for it...Well built rig, but almost everyone I have ever talked to says they outgrow it in a year...

Sap is addicting...Warn your children...

;-)


One more thing...    Posted 03-16-2003 at 03:46:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How many taps are you planning on maxing out on in the future...You may only want to run 50 next year, but can you see yourself going to 100 the year after?

The next one up from the Half-Pint is the 2x4 Leader, VT-Special...It is all tig welded stainless, and pretty as all get-out...Leader recommends running no more than 100 taps with this rig...Probably somewhere in the 15GPH range...$2050 US if you pick it up at Leader...

You may want to look at the link below for used evaps...They always have a selection of used stuff...Do your serious looking after the season this year and then through the summer...People will be looking ahead to next season and trading up and will be getting rid of their used equipment...


Thanks Salmoneye    Posted 03-16-2003 at 06:14:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the information. The web site looks like the place to go when I am ready. Since I doubt I will ever increase the number of taps I will be looking for a smaller unit. I can do 40-50 gals of sap in 8-9 hours with what I've got now (homemade unit), I was hoping to speed things up but can't justify the $2000 and up units. I think I could pick up a used pan and build the firebox around it and be happy with that. Thanks again. Got our second gallon of syrup boiled down yesterday. Maybe you'll want to come help while waiting for the weather to warm up.


Thanks Salmoneye    Posted 03-16-2003 at 06:09:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the information. The web site looks like the place to go when I am ready. Since I doubt I will ever increase the number of taps I will be looking for a smaller unit. I can do 40-50 gals of sap in 8-9 hours with what I've got now (homemade unit), I was hoping to speed things up but can't justify the $2000 and up units. I think I could pick up a used pan and build the firebox around it and be happy with that. Thanks again. Got our second gallon of syrup boiled down yesterday. Maybe you'll want to come help while waiting for the weather to warm up.


Salmoneye    Posted 03-16-2003 at 06:19:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Definately look at Bascoms...

They have all sorts of used stuff still and like I said, will have more after the season...Usually good prices too...

Stinkin 9:15 and still only 26 here...Nope...Not much sap today...Hope it runs all night...But I am not holding my breath...

Spose I'll go kill trees instead...


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