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Old 01-25-2009, 11:23 PM   #1
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I'm going to make some syrup this year. I need to figure out the rate of evaporation of boiling water per sq.ft. of pan. Rough estimates wood be fine. The pan can be any size I like. We will be using a 55gal. wood burner for a heat soruce.
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I don't know what the concentration rate is. It's something like 50 gal=5 gal but I'm not sure. I do know that you have to boil for FOREVER!

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The consontration rate is about 40 to 1 depending on the sugar content of the sap you collect. So 40gal. would get you 1 gal. of finished syrup.

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The consontration rate is about 40 to 1 depending on the sugar content of the sap you collect. So 40gal. would get you 1 gal. of finished syrup.

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Yes, that's generally about right, depending on the make up of the sap each year. It goes vary a bit each year.

Making syrup is fun- I love doing it. We split the wood, too, for the burner, so it is a ton of work but it's really all about the satisfaction of doing it.
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you can cheat and run the sap through an RO filter before you boil. Just remember you want to keep the waste water. that's what the commercial outfits do.

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So 40gal. would get you 1 gal. of finished syrup.
No wonder it costs so much.
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Labor intensive too

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