Into the woods by 6:30 AM. Soaking the syrup pan worked well. Quick cleanup this morning. Struggled to get the fire going. Used a big piece of wood which elevated the kindling too high causing too much draft. Still managed with one match, but took longer then usual to catch.
R/O going by 7:15 AM. Done by 10:45 AM: 81 gallons/hour. Will shop around for membranes before next season.
5 batches into the milk can. By 12:30 PM we were done cooking, but continued carefully cooking to reduce the amount of sap in the evaporator to making emptying, finishing and cleaning it easier. This requires careful attention to firing and monitoring sap level in the evaporator: no more sap to add if the fire gets too hot. Have to carefully simmer it down. A 6th batch became ready so we took it off. The fire was very low by that point. We had R/O water nearby if needed. We spread out the fire under the evaporator and closed the damper causing the heat to rapidly disperse. We achieved our goal: the sap level is very low and the fire and residual heat will not burn the pans. This will make the remaining evaporator work easier. Some seasons we end up with 30+ gallons to finish off. Takes time to finish.
Batches into the milk can
1 8:00 AM
2 9:15 AM
3 10:05 AM
4 11:05 AM
5 12:00 PM
6 1:35 PM
Back to the farmhouse by 2:30 PM.