The first two years were not ideal. After rejecting the idea of an indoor boil, they decided to use the Thanksgiving Turkey's broiling pan on the propane grill. It took forever, and they spent as much or more in propane as they would have just buying the syrup outright, which was pretty depressing. During year two, they rested and home brewed a batch of porter with their maple sap instead. That was less depressing, but didn’t result in quite as much outdoor time or offset the kids’ syrup requirements, either.
By year three, they were ready to try, try again, so they put in their twenty-five taps early in the new year. Justin looked everywhere for a backyard sap evaporator that didn’t cost a fortune, didn’t necessitate the construction of a sap house, and could be moved around when not in use, but ultimately came up empty. So he invented one and tested several versions before settling on a final design. Then, for a kick, Justin manufactured a dozen in the family garage. As it turned out, these first units all sold in less than two weeks to some very happy and satisfied customers all over New England and beyond! The Vermont Evaporator Company, and its Sapling, were born!
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Vermont couple Justin and Kate Whelley McCabe tried making maple syrup by boiling sap in a large pan on their grill. After burning lots of propane and putting in a weekend of hard work, they weren't thrilled with their results. So they designed something to fit their needs.