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We had an official hood in mind for this year, but the cost was prohibitive, at least for now (2500.00 or so for a Lapierre hood). So, just wanting to clear the air in the shack a lot I made what I think is just called a steam chute. Works with water, we'll see with extended boiling of sap! Total cost was about 50.00. I know others have done something of this nature before, so its not original, but the cost was so minimal it may be worth considering as a temp solution for people like us with little in the budget this year. The attached pics are of the outside, and then the inside drip channel.
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If it makes living and working in the shack enjoyable then I say its worth it. Now other than the fact you didn't use food grade 2x4's I say good job. You can also use PVC for the frame and they make do it yourself canopy fitting that have corners and angle fittings. I think some RV shrink wrap would be cool. Good job. I have been in shacks that were impossible to be in because of the cold water vapor making it cold and damp.
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If it makes living and working in the shack enjoyable then I say its worth it. Now other than the fact you didn't use food grade 2x4's I say good job. You can also use PVC for the frame and they make do it yourself canopy fitting that have corners and angle fittings. I think some RV shrink wrap would be cool. Good job. I have been in shacks that were impossible to be in because of the cold water vapor making it cold and damp.
if no condensate drips off 2x4 in rig then why they have to be food grade..... does the ceiling joist have to be food grade since they are wood also??
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maplemark here's a pic of our shoot we used for years.
then we got a hood (2nd pic)
so we repurposed it when we built the RO room (3rd pic)
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For $2500 you should be able to buy 3-4 hoods for that small of a evaporator. Heck I could build you 10 of them for $2500
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Stupid dogs barking at deer at 330AM,...up early! Anyway, yeah, the nice official hood price is what I thought was really high too. $2,152.91 was the quote from the guys I bought the evaporator from. A few other things made it around $2500.00. Now I know that aint big money to some, but it is to us this year! I haven't learned to bend metal yet, but there's enough uses around the farm that I may just do that in the future.
I HAD to make something because I couldn't stand 3 feet from somebody in the shack at times and even have a hint they were there, and of course the dampness issue.
For this, the parts list is cheap and short:
A few 2x4s, untreated
Exterior wood screws
6 mil poly clear tarp (thickest I could find at store)
Staples
Pvc downspout pipe (drainage channel) not gutter. Its cheaper and 2" wide.
If anyone makes one using pvc downspout pipe, don't cut it lengthwise with a skilsaw. It shatters into small shrapnel and leaves one with dozens of tiny razor nicks. It cuts fine and fast with either a nipper, or any thin kerf handsaw.
We'll get the nice shiny hood. Just not yet.
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Does this let steam out of the shack or does it allow it to condensate and then channel the water away?
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the purpose of the steam hood is to help direct the steam out of either your cupola, or steam stacks if you have them. many times condensate will collect on the side and either drip back into the pan, or as others have done put up a rain gutter system to redirect the condensate to a collection point
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I agree with Moser's post, and would just answer your questions by saying that yes it does let the steam out of the shack. AND, there is some/a bit of condensation on the sides of the plastic that drips down too. We just added channels at the bottom to drain away this condensation. Ours is new, only tested with water, others have had them for years boiling sap. For us its just a sturdy but temporary deal. Its not a real steam hood, but serves its purpose ok. take care, Mark
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