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    Good find. I often get puzzled with problems and...

    Good find. I often get puzzled with problems and try to think up all sort of reasons, then when I figure it out I don't see why it was not immediately obvious.
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    What is the width of the new arch? It has rather...

    What is the width of the new arch? It has rather wide angle iron, I hope you are not planning that much overlap (pan one the angle iron). The more overlap you have, the less heat transfer to the...
  3. I'm on my 4th evaporator, all with hoods and all...

    I'm on my 4th evaporator, all with hoods and all were the size of the pan. However when I had a 2x3 the hood was only used as I shut down, that hood was more to keep insects out and it had a screen...
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    jrgagne99, read the cleaning methods in The North...

    jrgagne99, read the cleaning methods in The North American Maple Syrup Producer's manual, the bible of all things maple, the method you don't think should be left out there is one of the proper ways...
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    I used to buy from Graingers quite often back...

    I used to buy from Graingers quite often back 20-30 years ago when I was in the heating business. Back then once I had Grainger's number, I could go to that item and get all of the specs. I'll bet...
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    For parts check out ...

    For parts check out https://hambydairysupply.com
    Maybe they will have parts. If not, just try a Google search, that may find a supplier who has parts.
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    Very possibly. I suggest you now put them back...

    Very possibly. I suggest you now put them back into the RO,, rinse them, then do a soap wash followed by an acid wash, let the acid wash set 3-4 days. Then repeat the process a second time. After...
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    This will give you the answers ...

    This will give you the answers https://mapleresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/combeffic.pdf
    Once you find the recommended blower from Graingers, get the specs of that blower and compare it to the...
  9. A couple of points. For steam exhaust I also...

    A couple of points. For steam exhaust I also suggest straight up, thru the roof. For that no protection from the heat is necessary. On the smoke stack you can go double wall insulated pipe, and wrap...
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    Wow John Allin, I had not looked at the...

    Wow John Allin, I had not looked at the Sweetgrass Joinery website before. If he was close enough to my location I'd have certainly looked into having him do my sugarhouse. His work looks great and...
  11. I think that refers to sites you might give...

    I think that refers to sites you might give personal info on, Maple trader does not have a secure site, but then you shouldn't give your CC number or any bank info or your SS #, all things that would...
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    If you can't or don't chose to do it, I'm quite...

    If you can't or don't chose to do it, I'm quite certain any roofer or most carpenters would be able to do it. Just draw out a sketch, let them know you want the opening to be 6 sq feet minimum and...
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    I use an old Babson Bros BB4, They eventually...

    I use an old Babson Bros BB4, They eventually became Surge. It is a piston pump and gives me 26-27" vacuum. I have no specs on how many CFM it moves, but it does well on 400 taps, hopefully on 500,...
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    I believe a 4 tube burner set up would be best....

    I believe a 4 tube burner set up would be best. That way you can get a uniform boil over the whole evaporator, like when a finisher in 4', 5' or 6' or bigger is used. I had planned to do that in a...
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    No, they called my home phone.

    No, they called my home phone.
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    Buyer beware!!!

    I was sent a set of drill bits by a company to try, supposed to be far superior to cobalt bits. Well, I fell for it and they aren't as good as the cobalt bits I have. Thus I called and got a return...
  17. Nice build Chris. On another front, I have a...

    Nice build Chris.
    On another front, I have a question. You have bees and do honey. How do you keep the bees away when you pack syrup? My brother just got into bee keeping, he now has 2 hives (had...
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    Exactly which Selkirk product did you use, it...

    Exactly which Selkirk product did you use, it seems they have a bunch? Just saying double wall does not help enough.
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    I have seen pre-printed labels offered by the big...

    I have seen pre-printed labels offered by the big printers, try CLOV (creative Labels of Vermont) or other printers who cater to the maple business.
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    The 10 might have had some bourbon still in it....

    The 10 might have had some bourbon still in it. The guy I have gotten my empty barrels from says he drains them further when he gets the barrels. He says he gets any where from 2-3 oz to over a pint...
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    I agree with Dr Tim, nothing eliminates the...

    I agree with Dr Tim, nothing eliminates the possibility of burning the pans, but a float box with a properly sized and elevated head tank, along with a way to know how much is still in the head tank...
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    While I didn't really move it, I did raise my 3x8...

    While I didn't really move it, I did raise my 3x8 to pour a concrete floor in the sugar house. I did it lifting from homemade winches off the trusses. I had 2 10' long 1" pipes, one on each side of...
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    Old wisdom suggests the open cupola area equals...

    Old wisdom suggests the open cupola area equals the area of the evaporator. However hoods can reduce that.
    In my case, I had a 2x6 evaporator when I built my sugarhouse. I later got my 3x8. My...
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    If you won't have electric, look into a gas...

    If you won't have electric, look into a gas powered RO or one that runs on 12V DC. Ray Gingerich makes small gas powered RO's, I don't know current prices nor if any other make gas powered. As far as...
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    Give me the specs off the pump motor, Volts...

    Give me the specs off the pump motor, Volts (110,115,120) and the amps, and the generator voltage under the load it will be running at, I will run the numbers to give you the distance you can safely...
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