Fortunately, operating the Sapling Evaporator, shown here in "experimental blue" is easy! Unfortunately, the experiment suggested we stick with black for now.
Technical posts, technical posts, and more technical posts! Ask and ye shall receive, here at the Vermont Evaporator Company. This week, let's talk about the basics of operating the Sapling Evaporator!
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?
Talk at you again next week!
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