Tree sap gathering and syrup making

itsasmallfarm

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Boxelders are an “acer”. Which is the family for all maples. I use way more boxelder than I do maple.

I like the early syrup made from boxelders better than maple it has a Carmel flavor.

It’s fairly cheap to get into. I use a barrel stove I made and schaffing dishes to evaporate in.

I am working on larger evaporator pans but they may not be done for this season. Procrastination occurred.

You can find taps online or Craigslist. I bought food grade buckets for a place that sells barrels.

I have 2- 275 gallon totes and 2-55 gallon barrels I hold sap in before I evaporate it.
thank you!

i will look into barrel stoves. you must be at a fair operation size for that many gallons!

got a few box elders around here. (birch on my northern land) but awesome to know that you enjoy/like the syrup.

will hopefully get into it this year.
 

duluthralphie

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duluthralphie

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thank you!

i will look into barrel stoves. you must be at a fair operation size for that many gallons!

got a few box elders around here. (birch on my northern land) but awesome to know that you enjoy/like the syrup.

will hopefully get into it this year.
You can use vacuum to increase the flow of sap from the maples/boxelders, but not from the birch.

I have never done birch but plan to this year.
I have read a reverse osmosis system is best for birch. I have a small one I made. I will try it on the birch. I don’t plan to make much birch.
 

itsasmallfarm

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if you don't mind me asking another question.

has anyone tapped mountain maple (white maple, moose maple or Acer Spicatum) or can you even tap it?

found out they should be on my farm up north. all i can find about them on the wiki is they say they tap them but find nothing else on them. any help would be awesome.

thanks.
 

duluthralphie

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if you don't mind me asking another question.

has anyone tapped mountain maple (white maple, moose maple or Acer Spicatum) or can you even tap it?

found out they should be on my farm up north. all i can find about them on the wiki is they say they tap them but find nothing else on them. any help would be awesome.

thanks.
Any Acer is tappable. The Mountain maples around here are more bush like than tree like, so finding one big enough to tap could be a challenge.
 

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