Classified Ads Photo Gallery Message Boards Sugarbush Directory Sugarmaker Journals Live Chat News & Events
  #1  
Old April 12th, 2016, 10:33 PM
Bryan Ex's Avatar
Webmaster
Producer
 
Location: Dunvegan, Ontario
Number of Taps: 249
Join Date: Oct 2011
Classified Ads: 3
Journals: 7
Photos: 26
Posts: 4,665
Thanked 409 Times
  View my photos   View my ads   Read my journals
Default Using cone filters

I am working on a beginners maple syrup course for my local area and could use some suggestions and especially some photos of how you may have used cone filters back in the day. When everything was expensive for your maple operation and you McGyvered everything... how did you support your cone filter without buying a snazzy stainless cone filter bottler? While not the most affective I still find the two guitars stands I saw on Google images rather creative. My first attempt is attached...
Attached Thumbnails
Using cone filters-100_2465.jpg  
__________________
Sent from a pay phone at the local corner store
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old April 13th, 2016, 07:43 AM
Grazer's Avatar
Contributing Member
Producer
 
Location: Door County, Wis
Number of Taps: 400
Join Date: Feb 2012
Photos: 1
Posts: 321
Thanked 60 Times
  View my photos  
Default

I don't have a picture but I used two four gallon buckets and one lid. I cut most of the bottom out of one bucket and lid to match. I put the lid on a new bucket and placed the bucket with the bottom cut out on top. The cone filter could be held in place by close pins and kind of supported itself if the hole was the right size.

Glad I don't have to do that anymore.
__________________
2010 Concrete block creation and 25 taps
2011 20 X 30 hobby evaporator and 80 taps
2012 & 2013 2 X 6 evaporator and 230 taps
2014 2 X 6 smokey lake raised flue and a new shack
2015 330 taps on gravity and 50 bags
6 kids 4 smaller sap suckers
Very understanding wife
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old April 13th, 2016, 02:39 PM
Member
Producer
 
Location: Ontario
Number of Taps: 100
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 29
Thanked 10 Times
 
Default

My first solution was about 4' of rebar bent into a square with a tail. I would thread the filter onto the rebar and then clamp the tail in my vise. The biggest problem I had was that the outside would cool quickly (outside workshop) and crust, and the rest of the syrup would just sit there.

My next solution was to hang the filter by 2 loops from a ceiling hook mounted to the cabinet extension above my kitchen sink, and step on a stool to pour boiling syrup into it. I'd put a big pot below for the syrup to drip into. Cold was less of an issue, but because the filter was only hung by 2 loops (on 1 hook) it would hang on an angle and swing, sometimes missing the pot and dripping into the sink or elsewhere. Worked okay until the hook tore out of the particle board with 20 litres of boiling syrup hanging.

My wife then bought me a filter canner from Atkinson's, (I think she was tired of getting "stuck" in the kitchen) Many times I've said it was the best maple investment we (she) ever made.

I may have some pictures around - I'll check the archives.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old April 13th, 2016, 07:54 PM
Contributing Member
Producer
 
Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
Number of Taps: 300
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 423
Thanked 45 Times
 
Default

I use a 5 gallon milk can. The kind that came out of institutional milk dispensers. They had a plastic hose at bottom in one side for the milk drain. Hang filter from handles and clothes pins. I use a couple 60d niles thru loops and handles. (They are kept with filtering equipment.) The real trick is getting copper soldered to the short nipple for a shutoff valve. I still use as syrup comes of evaporator. The cans can be expensive, so a regular canner is probably cheaper.
__________________
2014 300 on tubing
2013 new Smoky Lake 2x8 with 6 foot drop, 280 taps with 130 on tubing
2012 Built my own arch with AUF for drop flues when i get it using old flat pans,,, 200 taps
2010 Built a sugar shack using used tin,,, now got a roof over me
2009 and before cooking out side
2008 bought my piece of land
1972- 2008 cooked as work permitted
1972 Mom and dad made some syrup in kettles for first time
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old April 14th, 2016, 03:20 PM
EnnisMaple's Avatar
Contributing Member
Producer
 
Location: Lanark County
Number of Taps: 4600
Join Date: Jan 2012
Classified Ads: 2
Photos: 9
Posts: 389
Thanked 39 Times
  View my photos   View my ads  
Default

How about an old Charlie Brown pillow case for a cone filter with the syrup being stored in an old lead soldered milk can?!?!
Attached Thumbnails
Using cone filters-gary-filtering.1986.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old April 15th, 2016, 01:58 AM
Banned
Producer


 
Location: Parker Colorado/Jacksonport wisconsin
Join Date: Oct 2011
Journals: 1
Photos: 6
Posts: 7,188
Thanked 843 Times
  View my photos   Read my journals
Default

I think the best thing you can use a cone filter for is a Dunce hat and when you see how stupid you look you will buy a filter press I could never get a good clear syrup and gave up and used them as fire starter the didn't fail at that.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old April 15th, 2016, 09:20 AM
Bryan Ex's Avatar
Webmaster
Producer
 
Location: Dunvegan, Ontario
Number of Taps: 249
Join Date: Oct 2011
Classified Ads: 3
Journals: 7
Photos: 26
Posts: 4,665
Thanked 409 Times
  View my photos   View my ads   Read my journals
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by EnnisMaple View Post
How about an old Charlie Brown pillow case for a cone filter with the syrup being stored in an old lead soldered milk can?!?!
Now that's funny Marty. How long ago was that?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Haynes Forest Products View Post
I think the best thing you can use a cone filter for is a Dunce hat and when you see how stupid you look you will buy a filter press I could never get a good clear syrup and gave up and used them as fire starter the didn't fail at that.
Missing the point of the request Chuck. This is a beginners course for... well... beginners. Likely well under 50 taps on average. Just looking for some visuals to illustrate how to get started with reasonable filtering.
__________________
Sent from a pay phone at the local corner store
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old April 15th, 2016, 01:29 PM
EnnisMaple's Avatar
Contributing Member
Producer
 
Location: Lanark County
Number of Taps: 4600
Join Date: Jan 2012
Classified Ads: 2
Photos: 9
Posts: 389
Thanked 39 Times
  View my photos   View my ads  
Default

Bryan - that was the mid 80's. The picture was probably taken because of the brand spanking new auto-runoff that we had just bought.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old September 19th, 2016, 06:13 AM
Member
Producer


 
Location: Ontario
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 3
Thanked 0 Times
 
Default

My mom is using white clothes for filtering. She keeps the cloth tied over the vessel and pours the content.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old September 19th, 2016, 11:39 PM
Buckeye Gold's Avatar
Member
Producer
 
Location: Ross County, Ohio 45612
Number of Taps: 100
Join Date: Jan 2012
Photos: 1
Posts: 413
Thanked 145 Times
  View my photos  
Default

I think Chuck is spot on. Beginners should be advised to not use cone filters, that is the fastest way to make them quit.....I think they are a horrible option for beginners who are using any pan they can find for a filter base
__________________
100 taps on 3/16 gravity
Modified Half pint arch w/aof
smokey Lakes Full Pint drop flue Pan
Reply With Quote
Reply  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 

The total tap count of our members is now: 2,753,283

Copyright ©2009~2019 Sugarbush Info