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So here is what I put together for my first year. Have used this on three Saturdays and netting about a gallon of maple syrup each time. Moved into geauga county April 2016 and this was a last minute idea to do. Had some wood stacked from general cleaning up of property from the summer. Made from 25 cinder blocks $1.44 each, 32 fire brick $2.99 each and 3 steam table pans $9.90 each $161 total. Another $40 dollars in supplies and now no expenses needed for next year. Started with about 35 plastic 5 gallon containers from a restaurant near me for free
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Looks good. Now, how much syrup did you produce?
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So here is what I put together for my first year. Have used this on three Saturdays and netting about a gallon of maple syrup each time. Moved into geauga county April 2016 and this was a last minute idea to do. Had some wood stacked from general cleaning up of property from the summer. Made from 25 cinder blocks $1.44 each, 32 fire brick $2.99 each and 3 steam table pans $9.90 each $161 total. Another $40 dollars in supplies and now no expenses needed for next year. Started with about 35 plastic 5 gallon containers from a restaurant near me for free
Nice first setup. Lived in Chardon for a few years, loved that area.
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You are bang on for getting started earlsdvd. How did you support the cinder blocks as a chimney with an opening from the fire box?
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So here is what I put together for my first year. Have used this on three Saturdays and netting about a gallon of maple syrup each time. Moved into geauga county April 2016 and this was a last minute idea to do. Had some wood stacked from general cleaning up of property from the summer. Made from 25 cinder blocks $1.44 each, 32 fire brick $2.99 each and 3 steam table pans $9.90 each $161 total. Another $40 dollars in supplies and now no expenses needed for next year. Started with about 35 plastic 5 gallon containers from a restaurant near me for free
Somedays I just wish I could return to the cinder block arch and the flat pan. Good stuff
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Looks good. Now, how much syrup did you produce?
I finished 1 gallon each of 3 different Saturdays. I collected all week long and used a freezer to freeze sap and then would thaw sap starting about Thurs evening. The last weekend the temp dropped at the end of week and used the turkey fryer to thaw. Last weekend process was:
Use turkey fryer and thaw
Then using my wine making equipment I filtered by pouring thawed sap into a top bucket with a bottling valve on it.
poured valve from top bucket to lower bucket that had a fryer oil type filter to do a rough filter.
Scoop sap from filtered sap bucket into end pan
Move sap from end pan towards chimney all day long
At end of day cooled sap when down to @ 2 gallons knowing started with @ 45 gallons sap
Moved sap into garage and finished on top of stove Sun morning
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I had fire brick that are 9" on end lining the cider block. The fire brick on chimney end support chimney. I also placed a couple regular brick in base of arch and to support wire rabbit type fencing. This allowed air underneath wood. The fencing also wrapped up the sides to keep the fire brick, lining the cinderblock stacked on end from falling into fire. This method allows me to totally disassemble and store off to the side, and build again next year as nothing is glued or cemented together.
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Looks good. Now, how much syrup did you produce?
I finished 1 gallon each of 3 different Saturdays. I collected all week long and used a freezer to freeze sap and then would thaw sap starting about Thurs evening. The last weekend the temp dropped at the end of week and used the turkey fryer to thaw. Last weekend process was:
Use turkey fryer and thaw
Then using my wine making equipment I filtered by pouring thawed sap into a top bucket with a bottling valve on it.
poured valve from top bucket to lower bucket that had a fryer oil type filter to do a rough filter.
Scoop sap from filtered sap bucket into end pan
Move sap from end pan towards chimney all day long
At end of day cooled sap when down to @ 2 gallons knowing started with @ 45 gallons sap


Moved sap into garage and finished on top of stove Sun morning
Sounds great. I remember my 1 St years well. Although I would not want to return to that set up on one hand, I understand saying " those times I enjoyed the most". It feels more stressful as you grow larger. I hope you enjoy making syrup as much as I have. I wish you the best. Thanks for your input.
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earlsdvd - and so it begins..! if you're anything like me, this will be a jumping off point to bigger and more fun things and toys and equipment. Sounds like you're having a good time, and that's all that matters. thanks for sharing!
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LOL. You have a lot to learn if you think you will spend no money next year in this addition!
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