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    Gonna hijack with a little question about vacuum...

    Gonna hijack with a little question about vacuum filtering... I currently use cone filters, stacking up some liners so I can remove one once in a while, when they start to plug up....
    With a...
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    Thanks folks... Funny - Work hard to not let...

    Thanks folks...

    Funny - Work hard to not let sap sit around or get warm..... Turns out I might need to ease off on this....
    And I finally got my evaporator fine tuned to shallow boil and run...
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    How to make syrup darker??

    I didn't want to confuse the issue by hijacking the thread about making lighter syrup...

    I have, what I think is, a weird problem.... I want to make syrup darker and don't know how...

    Been...
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    I'm on the same path.. Get the vacuum up....

    I'm on the same path.. Get the vacuum up.
    Based on this chart... I think it was from one of the proctor studies... It looks pretty linear... To much potential to ignore... I think.

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  5. I will do that.... Now you've got me thinking.......

    I will do that.... Now you've got me thinking.... I'm aware that we cant get below 0 psia.... but I'm thinking.... With a positive displacement pump... Does it take the same amount of...
  6. Yep... but the shurflo is a much better unit...

    Yep... but the shurflo is a much better unit with more diaphragms.... I don't know either, what it actually draws... Would be nice if someone on here has been tracking that.... I am just...
  7. I run a couple small 12 volt pumps (1.7Amp max) ...

    I run a couple small 12 volt pumps (1.7Amp max) together on a pair of truck batteries, along with 3 40watt solar panels... I find the solar panels don't keep up, and I need to charge the...
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    How does your 12Volt Vacuum Pump Perform?

    I've been battling with how to improve my vacuum level in my remote bush..... Eg... Go with a gas powered vane pump or stick with 12 volt diaphragm pumps, etc...
    I think I've decided to stick with...
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    Still collecting some sap here..... No buds on...

    Still collecting some sap here..... No buds on my trees yet, and I really want to boil some more... Big Flow yesterday afternoon, but the Sugar is way down at 1.4% though... Glad I'm not in...
  10. I think that having a filter before your pump on...

    I think that having a filter before your pump on a gravity fed system is a recipe for pump damage.... I do believe you will be cavitating your pump, either from the start, or after the filter...
  11. Finally made some decent syrup, and people want the old stuff ...:rolleyes:

    So finally got to do some bottling last night... and I was actually making some nice golden and amber syrup at ... and at about 67%...

    Previous years I seemed to always be making it dark and on...
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    I am curious about this sailor hat thing?? ...

    I am curious about this sailor hat thing?? Hoping you might be able to shine some light on it for me...

    I hang a full cone filter inside one 5 gallon pail, which drains into another... (just...
  13. I agree 110%,.... and very much appreciate all...

    I agree 110%,.... and very much appreciate all the hours of knowledge, experience and advice that you share with us newbies, Maple Flats. Thank You
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    Been using the orlon cone and liners for years...

    Been using the orlon cone and liners for years now... without problems... This year I purchased a 2nd one, as I use it at the evaporator and at bottling... Thought we might want to be in 2...
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    There seems to be something off with this...

    There seems to be something off with this chart,.... or I just don't know how to read it...???

    1.5 Amps at 115v on 12ga wire, should be able to run 500-600 ft before hitting 3% voltage drop, I...
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    Ive never worked inside one of these little...

    Ive never worked inside one of these little pumps... but I suppose, if a diaphragm had a small leak or a valve was not completely sealing off, it could still seem like pump can still move decent...
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    Not sure what type of saddles you have... I...

    Not sure what type of saddles you have... I have the ones that they recommended tying on with rebar twist ties... I had to replace the ties with gear clamps on year 2.... as I was getting a lot...
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    Pretty good run over the weekend here... ...

    Pretty good run over the weekend here...
    Would have had a bit more, but had a freeze-bust problem..... My little pvc manifold on shureflow at the bush, busted the screen filter sediment...
  19. Thread: Coopala design?

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    not sure if this will help answer your...

    not sure if this will help answer your questions... but I did find it quite interesting.... I ran across it a couple years ago when I was doing the same as you...
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    Quite disappointed so far, but I wont give up...

    Quite disappointed so far, but I wont give up hope yet... about 1500L of sap from about 200 taps.... Ran it through the RO to 10%. I don't have enough to think about firing up my little 2x6...
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    I do both..... cone filters off the...

    I do both..... cone filters off the evaporator and cone filter into my coffee urn bottler.. Not sure if I really need to??, but I have had some sediment in the past, so I figure better safe...
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    I feel your pain... Fingers crossed for a great...

    I feel your pain... Fingers crossed for a great run this week. Good Luck
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    "Minnesota" ??? What province is that in ?? ...

    "Minnesota" ??? What province is that in ??
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    This sounds like it could be cavitation... ...

    This sounds like it could be cavitation... (pump trying to move more liquid than the feed pipe will allow, easily.) Try increasing that line size, or lifting the feed tank up, to create some...
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    How have the rest of you SW Ont folks done this...

    How have the rest of you SW Ont folks done this week,? I've had a few leak problem to contend with... But aside from that I'm still finding the trees a little stingy. Only about 2.5 Litres per...
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