Vacuum Filter Applicator for 16x16 Steam Bottler
Vacuum Filter Applicator for 16x16 Steam Bottler Steam Bottler with Vacuum Applicator Expanded view of the Vacuum Applicator Assembly video
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Vacuum Filter Applicator System


This system is an optional add-on for the 16″ x 16″ Smoky Lake Steam Bottler, allowing you to convert the traditional gravity filter into a vacuum filter for more efficient filtration of maple syrup.


  • Machined Vacuum Body (Designed to fit any 16″x16″ Smoky Lake Steam Bottler)
  • Main Pressure Frame
  • Tension Clasps
  • Valve w/Nipple (throttle)
  • Transparent Observation Tube
  • Vacuum Connection
  • 1/4″ Plug
    (This outlet is compatible with an optional vacuum gauge if so desired.
    Vacuum gauges are not supplied by Smoky Lake at this time. See video for details.)
  • O-Ring Gaskets — Qty 2
  • 14″ x 14″ Filter Set

(The Filter Tray component is included with every Steam Bottler, so a duplicate Filter Tray is not included with this Vacuum Kit. Please note, some legacy models of our Steam Bottler may require a new Filter Tray for best fitment.)



The Vacuum Applicator System is designed for 16 x 16 Smoky Lake Steam Bottlers. Please note that some legacy models of our 16 x 16 Steam Bottlers may contain a Filter Tray that is slightly smaller than our current standard. In those cases, please see our newer Filter Tray for use with this vacuum system.


  1. What Is the Benefit Of The Vacuum System?
    • This system accelerates filtration speed of the traditional, gravity-style Flat Filters in a 16 x 16 Smoky Lake Steam Bottler.
  2. Which Maple Producers Are The Best Candidates For This Type Of Filtration System?
    • This system is best for maple producers who are running under 300 taps. The system is modular and can be added to any 16 x 16 Smoky Lake Steam Bottlers at any time. This system allows folks who already have a gravity Steam Bottler system to increase their efficiency very economically, a great option for anyone who isn’t quite ready to upgrade to a Filter Press.
  3. Will You Be Releasing A Similar Vacuum System For the 12 x 12 Steam  Bottlers?
    • This system is designed specifically for the 16 x 16 Steam Bottler. There are many reasons behind this. For example, the amount of surface area in the 16 x 16 Steam Bottler offers the optimal performance. A 12’x12″ version of the vacuum applicator will not be forthcoming.
  4. Why Is This Vacuum System’s PreCut Filter Set Smaller (14 x 14) Compared To This Same Steam Bottler’s Gravity Filters (18 x 18)?
    • For this Vacuum System, the Flat Filter Set needs to be able to lay flat on the bottom of the Filter Tray in order for all of the system’s components to fit together perfectly. In contrast, when you are filtering with gravity, the Flat Filter Set needs to be larger in order to create a bowl shape within the Filter tray. When the vacuum applicator is used, the pressure frame makes a positive seal, disallowing syrup from leaking around the filters.
  5. How Does The Syrup Clarity Compare When Using The Vacuum Applicator Versus A Stainless Steel Filter Press?
    • The Stainless Steel Filter Press is still king when it comes to clarity and filtering efficiency. This Vacuum Applicator will help to expedite the process of filtering with Flat Filters. Smoky Lake Steam Bottlers — regardless of being used with vacuum or simple gravity — continue to be a trusted, versatile tool for producing clean and beautiful maple syrup.


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