The cheapest evaporator from Smoky is $1500 the last I looked. That's about the best deal around and they have a good reputation. It's what I'd get if my neighbor wasn't so easy.My uncle got into this year, been doing a few batches by the looks of it.
Cool setup from Smokey Lake Maple Products.
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One thing I do...when I pull the taps I plug the hole with piece of 5/16" diameter oak dowel about 4" long. I do that to stop the sap flow and protect the tree from infection or disease from an "open wound". Does it work? Does it make a difference? I don't know, but it works for me. And the oak dowels don't rot, which makes me feel better. And the big benefit - each year I can look at the tree and easily see where I tapped it before, and space it out accordingly.
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The cheapest evaporator from Smoky is $1500 the last I looked. That's about the best deal around and they have a good reputation. It's what I'd get if my neighbor wasn't so easy.
How much will that yield?Looks like things are over here for the year. The guy who i take the sap to is stopping. Some of my trees are still producing some sap but not a lot. It's been about 6 weeks and that's about all you can expect before the tap holes start healing. I collected almost 1500 gallons of sap from 105 taps, which isn't bad.
Ballpark between 20-25 gallons, I'll get 1/2.How much will that yield?
Will you use that much or do you give it away for gifts and such?Ballpark between 20-25 gallons, I'll get 1/2.
we sell some during pumpkin season.Will you use that much or do you give it away for gifts and such?