The little evaporator that could

We fired our 2’x3′ Mason evaporator for our first boil ever. We boiled ~80 gallons in 12 hours. We’ve learned lots of lessons and will have to make several improvements to our current setup. It’s still very cool that we are now able to produce more than enough maple syrup to cover our family’s yearly consumption.FullSizeRender(2)

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The smell is great

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Boiling well into the night

IMG_3491We still need to finish the syrup on our cookstove, filter it, and can it.

First year sugaring

Beautiful day for new beginnings.IMG_3212

The biggest Maple we’re tapping, 3 buckets all to itself.IMG_3278Sap came right out, it was an exhilarating experience.IMG_3248We’re doing a birch tree out of curiosity.IMG_3304The next day.IMG_3393

Of course we had “plumbing” issues and had to prop a storage tank up to avoid leakage of the precious fluid.

IMG_3395We pulled ~50 gallons the first 24 hours. We’re scrambling to finish getting the evaporator ready; fortunately, the following days saw a lot less sap flow which will let us finish getting our last few ducks in a row.