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Bruce Bascom

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Saturday, November 4th, 2017 we will be hosting a consignment auction here on the farm. 25 years ago we had over 500 people attend our last auction. The industry has more than doubled since then and there hasn’t been a major maple auction in the Northeast since then. This event has the potential to be huge with equipment that could meet everyone’s needs. We are working with the manufactures and other dealers to have quality equipment for the auction. If you are interested in consigning some equipment for the auction please contact Sam or Matthew Bascom early so that we can advertise it for you. Coffee and donuts will be provided in the morning, and food trucks will be on site for lunch.

·         Auction starts at 10:30 am.

·         Preview Day of the Auction 8:30am – 10:30am

·         There will be a seller’s fee on all equipment ranging from 10-20%.

·         Equipment must arrive at Bascom’s no later than Friday, November 3rd at 12:00pm, and not before Monday, October 23rd, 2017.

·         Sellers will be paid by check. Checks will be mailed out no later than November 11th.

·         Terms: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. 5% Buyers Premium on all Sales.

·         All items must be paid for the day of the sale!

·         Items may be picked up after the auction (not during), or during normal business hours the following week.

·         ALL items must be picked up within 7 days.

·         Preregistration is encouraged. Please email your Name, Address, and Phone # to web@bascommaple.com

Interested in consigning a piece of equipment, contact us today to learn more, (603) 835-6361.

We do not want: Used Tubing, Used Mainline, or Odd lots of Stack

Here is a partial list of the items that will be in the auction. This list will be updated as we get more items committed. Check out 


for pictures of the items. Keep checking back for an updated list!

If you cannot make it, we will accept absentee bids in writing ONLY! Email your Name, Address, Phone #, Item Description/Item # (these will be assigned later) and max bid $ to web@bascommaple.com.  Bids must be received by November 3rd at 3:00pm.


  • 19"x36" Lapierre "Backyarder" Evaporator Complete with Firebrick
  • 19"x66" New Lapierre Wood Fired Evaporator
  • 2'x6' Small Brother's Wood Fired Evaporator
  • 3'x10' Airtight Arch
  • 3'x12' Wood Evaporator with Grimm Stainless Pans
  • 3.5'x10' Wood Fired Evaporator with Airtight Front
  • 4'x12' Waterloo Wood Fired Evaporator with Blower and a Hood

Stainless Pans

  • 6'x2' Welded Cross Flow Pan
  • 4'x4' New Welded MES Syrup Pan
  • 5'x4' Welded Leader Patriot Syrup Pan, Very Good Condition
  • 4'x12' Soldered Set of Leader Stainless Pans (7' drop flue pan, 5' syrup pan)
  • 6'x16' Set of American Pans with a Spare Syrup Pan
  • More Coming


  • 225 +/- Gallon Stainless Tank
  • 350+/- Gallon Homemade Stainless Tank
  • Plastic Tanks

Filter Presses

  • 7" Filter Press

Reverse Osmosis Machines

  • Osmonics RO Machine with 4" membrane
  • Hobby RO Machine
  • 600 gph RO Machine

Vacuum Pumps and Releasers

  • Vertical Single Vacuum Releaser
  • Vertical Double Vacuum Releaser
  • Leader Electric Belly Releaser with 1.5 HP Pump
  • Universal Vacuum Pump
  • 7.5HP Busch Vacuum Pump
  • Vacuum Pumps


  • Wooden Antique Buckets
  • Gavanized Buckets
  • Bucket Spouts
  • Stainless Draw-off Tank
  • Sap Transfer Pump
  • New 3/16" Tubing
  • New 5/16" Tubing
  • New Mainline
  • 3 Cases of Quart Syrup Tins
  • 6'x10' Copper Preheater with an Aluminum Hood
  • 3x5 Stainless Hood
  • 3x6 Stainless Hood with a Preheater
  • 5'x10' Stainless Hood
  • 1 HP Blower from a Steamaway
  • Two Nozzle Foot Operated Water Jacketed Canning Unit with Heating Element
  • Hydraulic Barrel Dumper on Wheels, will lift up to 750# a Maximum Height of 6' then Rotates Drum to Empty
  • Drum Clamp for a Fork Truck
  • Bombardier J-5 Track Vehical - 1964 Rebuilt Chrysler 6 Cylinder Flathead Engine with Many New Components - Purrs like a Kitten. Fully Restored and Ready for the Woods
  • Two Bombardier T-5 Muskeg All-Terrain Trailers for Logging and Sugaring. All Season and All Terrain Wood Harvest Transport Vehicle. These are Genuine Bombardier Implements. One Trailer has Rare OEM Ski Kit. One Trailer has Completely Rebuilt Tracks.

Auctioneer Matthew Bascom, NH auctioneer’s license # 6123

Bascom Maple Farms and Bascom Family Auctions are not responsible should any accidents occur.

A few words from Bruce

We remain optimistic about the future of the maple syrup industry. There continues to be rapid changes in equipment technology which increase sap production and efficiency in your sugar house. It is a good time to come to Bascoms to upgrade your old equipment with modern new lead free welded tanks and pans. Payback is rapid for caiptal investments in better tubing and vacuum systems in the woods as well as for energy efficient investmens such as reverse osmosis machines and steam-aways in the sugar house.

Bascoms' needs to buy increasingly larger quantities of bulk syrup. We buy syrup outright in drums, and accept it towards trades for equipment, supplies, or other grades of syrup. We give preference to U.S. origin bulk syrup suppliers and preference to those exchanging syrup as payment for equipment sales. We especially need a greater amount of organically certified syrup and are paying a $ .15/lb. premium for organic.

2017 maple syrup crop was the largest in over 100 years. The total North American production exceeded demand by an extra 2-3 months unsold surplus to be carried forward. We remain optimistic that for at least the next few years a better balance can be reached between expanding production and expanding market consumption. Both the production and cunsumption are rapidly growing and we expect within a decade the industry to be twice the size it is today. We are certain the maple industry has a bright future.

All of us at Bascoms wish to thank you for your business, and good luck on the year ahead. 

Bellow is a copy of our policy for those that wish to sell us bulk syrup.


In our continuing effort to provide maple syrup of the highest quality, the following policy is in effect:

  • Starting March 1, 2014, maple syrup stored in galvanized drums will not be accepted. 
  • Starting March 1, 2014, Bascom Maple Farms will not be providing free drums.  Producers will need to own their drums.  Bascom’s will no longer have a drum exchange program.
  • If any producer’s drum is lost, Bascom’s will replace the drum with one of equal quality, new or used (i.e. plastic for plastic, stainless for stainless).
  • Continuing with our current practice, only food grade drums of maple syrup will be accepted.  Stainless steel, food grade plastic, and food grade epoxy lined are good examples of what will be accepted.  (No syrup transferred from tin milk cans or any other unacceptable drums will be accepted.)
  • Drums that have previously held non-food grade products (i.e. sanitizers, acids) will not be accepted.
  • Drums that have previously held food considered an allergen will not be accepted.  The “Big Eight” major allergens in the U.S. are milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.
  • Plastic drums that have been labeled “not for reuse” will not be accepted. 
  • We will continue to accept food grade five gallon drums and will continue to charge a five cent per pound deduction.

Syrup drums should arrive at Bascom Maple Farms clean. Drums should be transported in clean vehicles.  We reserve the right to refuse any dirty syrup drums.

Bascom Maple Farms is selling new stainless steel 40, 30 and 15 gallon drums.  We also have available new 55, 30 and 5 gallon epoxy lined steel drums.  The estimated lifespan of a new stainless drum is 25 years with epoxy lined estimated at 3 years.

We’re proud to have some of the best producers in the industry supplying us and as we all raise our standards to grow the maple industry to new levels, we look forward to your continued cooperation.

Best wishes for next season.