There's no easier way to start your backyard sugaring hobby than with the Sapling Evaporator from the Vermont Evaporator Company. Ready to make your own maple syrup? You can do it! Here's how.
Thinking about making maple syrup in your own backyard this year but worried that it's too hard? As we discussed last week, it's actually pretty easy!
Having a hard time cobbling together enough time to scour the earth for supplies? No worries, got you covered, shop online!
Wishing there was a backyard boiler out there with no dials, bells or moving parts to get you started? There is, and we've got plenty in stock! In addition to being affordable (retails at $895 during the season and requires no spendy outfitting or sugar shack), multifunctional (it's also a grill and a smoker), portable (90 lbs total with the heaviest bit being 50 lbs) and easy to look at (ain't it cute?), the Sapling Evaporator form the Vermont Evaporator Company is easy to use! Doubt me? Here are the essential bits of the owner's manual to prove it.
First, you've got to prepare your Sapling for use. Here's how to do that:
Then, we sugar! CAUTION: you can never fire the Sapling without liquid in the pan or allow it to cool without liquid in the pan or the pan will burn through. Otherwise, the operation of the unit is relatively non-intimidating! Here are the details:
Don’t add too much new sap at one time, and try to maintain a constant boil. This will result in a more efficient process and lighter syrup.
To obtain high, even heat, use dry, mixed (hardwoods and softwoods) wood that is thinly split, and load often (every 5 to 15 minutes) with small amounts of wood to maintain a consistent level of heat.
Think you need more air flow to sustain optimal temperatures? Open the bung on the bottom of the back of the unit (if your unit has one) before you fire up next time – that might just help.
Yep! It's that easy. Ready to try?
On Teaspoon of Sugar, we write about maple sugaring, maple syrup, starting and running a small business, and living the sweet life here in beautiful, downtown Montpelier, Vermont.