Posted by Farmer Y on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
Sap season is just drawing to a close…it’s been an excellent run so far. We’ve gotten more than twice the amount of syrup of our previous years (almost 7 gallons!) which is amazing. And after doing some calculations, we have concluded that we must have magic trees–normally you need 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup, but we recorded a 27:1 ratio. That means more maple syrup for market!
We also built a new evaporator this season. Previously, we had just built a big fire under the evaporator pan, which we supported on concrete blocks. It took a huge amount of wood to get it going due to all the mass of the blocks. This year, we decided to build it Rocket-style: using a 55-gallon drum, two pieces of stove pipe joined together to make the feed tube, some Rockwool and fiberglass insulation, and some old pieces of roofing tin to make the skirt to support the pan. I am happy to say that we used much less wood this year to make our syrup.