StarCat Hobby Evaporator
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StarCat Maple Evaporator


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This evaporator is rated for 3 – 28 taps.
Estimated evaporation rate is 8+ gallons per hour.
It will take 4.1 gallons of sap to fill the pan 2″ deep.

The StarCat Maple Syrup Evaporator packs a surprising punch. This feisty, high-efficiency wood-fired evaporator is capable of 8 gallons per hour evaporation rate. The StarCat is a breakthrough solution for the backyard hobby maple syrup producer who wants an affordable, yet highly effective, machine to process maple sap into maple syrup. As with all of our Evaporators, the StarCat features an air-tight front and air-tight loading door to maximize firewood efficiency and evaporation rate. A precision draft control allows you to throttle combustion air and shut down completely if necessary. The Arch (firebox) of the StarCat will come to you in a series of cardboard crates. You will need to assemble the arch and paint it, all hardware and special spray paint is included. All Ceramic Fiber Insulation for inside the arch and door will be included in this package. The only thing you’ll need to add will be exactly 20 firebricks. No brick cutting will be necessary. The pan is as professional as the arch. It is built out of 22 gauge, mirror finish stainless steel and is fully TIG welded. Smoky Lake has built the best maple syrup pans in the world for the past 10 years. A valve and dial thermometer are included. Other than the 20 firebricks which you can buy from your local home store, this is a turn-key evaporator.



How Will You Maintain Sap Levels?

We recommend maintaining a 2-inch liquid level while boiling to protect the pan and prevent scorching. A Feed Pan will allow you to trickle warmed, raw sap into the pan while boiling. This helps maintain your boil and increase efficiency.


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StarCat Specs

  • Weight of complete Arch with all bricks and grates in place, 182 lbs
  • Weight of empty arch, 92 lbs
  • Weight of bricks, 75 lbs
  • Evaporation rate, 8 gph
  • Stack pipe, 6″ diameter, 6 feet included

Flat and Furious.

Premium Flat Pans by Smoky Lake are crafted with 22 gauge, mirror finish stainless steel — which has superior heat transfer compared to our competitors’ thicker gauges. They come standard with a thermometer port, draw-off port and stainless steel Ball Valve. They also feature full length, built-in handles. We confidently back every pan with a lifetime limited warranty on all TIG welds. Every pan is American made at our headquarters in Hilbert, Wisconsin.

New for 2019! Every Flat Pan now comes standard with our Level Assist feature. This feature marks the recommended starting sap depth of 2″ in your pan. It will also make it easy to see whether or not your pan is sitting level.

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