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Maple Syrup Making | Cookers | Evaporators | Accessories

Updated on November 2, 2012
Hobby Farm Maple Syrup Cooker
Hobby Farm Maple Syrup Cooker
Large Double Wood Fired Maple Syrup Evaporator
Large Double Wood Fired Maple Syrup Evaporator
Stainless Steel Maple Syrup Cooking Pans
Stainless Steel Maple Syrup Cooking Pans
Maple Syrup Finishing Pan
Maple Syrup Finishing Pan

Because of the intense heat required throughout the cooking duration of maple syrup, wood is the fuel of choice for even the hobby farm.

The process of cooking down raw maple tree sap can take hours and a lot of fuel. It takes about a ΒΌ cord of wood to cook down 200 gal of sap.

One mature maple tree can produce up to 20 gals of sap per season, so even a small hobby operation can quickly add up.

Because of the intense heat required throughout the cooking duration of maple syrup, wood is the fuel of choice for even the hobby farm.

While a simple back yard cooker can be made to cook over an open fire, commercial made evaporators that are well designed for efficiency will provide a long term return on the initial investment.

Well made syrup cooking and finishing pans make the cooking a structured process. Homemade pans may make the process more difficult.

Food grade welded stainless steel provides a safe cooking vat while other metal pans made from recycled items may not be as safe.

Cooking pans with built in flues provide more cooking surfaces speeding up the process. These flues provide additional deep vanes extending down into the fire box to capture more heat as the fire passes into the chimney.

These pans are difficult to weld watertight even for an experienced welder. Overall a factory built evaporator will provide many years of enjoyable syrup making.

A few factories manufacture maple syrup evaporators. The materials used in the manufacturing process are the same; the thickness of those materials may vary.

Typically products made by the Amish are made to sell and use in the Amish communities, so they are not concerned with being competitive against other commercial counterparts.

What often occurs though is the Amish labor tends to be cheaper and their manufacturing facilities are more efficient, creating less cost to manufacture a product. The end result is a higher quality product that can be very competitive in the open market.

Being without electricity doesn't mean less quality either, where computerized robots are replaced with old time craftsmanship and pride, the Amish build quality products using skills that have been passed down from generations.

Those skills include adapting manufacturing facilities to use air and hydraulics in place of electric motors, and to use large diesel powered generators to power the same welding equipment used in non-Amish factories.

The featured maple syrup evaporators is this hub are built in an Indiana Amish shop that has been building maple syrup products for over 30 years.

They build the hobby size ones in the photos to the large commercial size on pictured at the bottom. The pans are made out of 20 gauge stainless steel while other manufactured units are built using thinner 22 to 24 gauge.

Since the Amish use what they build they also make things to save time, the fire boxes are built larger than most to keep a larger fire going.

The fire grate is also up sized to hold up to the intense heat without warping. They also use thicker metal in the fire box.

These Amish made maple syrup evaporators are not sold through dealers outside the Amish communities, but they can be purchased online at Cottage Craft Works .com

This online store can arrange truck shipping of the units to locations in the United States with maple syrup production.

Cottage Craft Works also carries maple syrup making accessories for the hobby operation.

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    • nancynurse profile image

      Nancy McClintock 

      5 years ago from Southeast USA

      I used to live near Amish country and had no idea they made syrup.Thanks so much for sharing. Well written. Great grammar. Enjoyed your photos. Voted up.

    • clairewait profile image

      clairewait 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      My husband's parents still make maple syrup on their Michigan farm, one of the few farming traditions they have continued going strong. I'm now so partial to the homemade stuff that I can hardly stand the store bought Log Cabin, etc. Nice hub.

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