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  1. Thread: Upgrade

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    With that in mind, an RO bucket (or kit) RO will...

    With that in mind, an RO bucket (or kit) RO will do ok, maybe a 15 or a 20. either will cut the sap volume about in half, at either 15 or 20 GPH. It works well if the RO does it's job slightly faster...
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    To add to or edit your profile, click on "my...

    To add to or edit your profile, click on "my profile" on the top right of the page. In there click on "about me" or "Signature" The about me will only be seen by members who go to your "about me"...
  3. That's how most do it, draw from the bottom,...

    That's how most do it, draw from the bottom, using a pump made for potable water, but not cast iron.
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    That way, I'm not sure if a fan might be called...

    That way, I'm not sure if a fan might be called for. Once you get outside, do you plan to go up higher? That might improve the steam movement. I might suggest going up some, then on an incline to get...
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    As long as you have good drop, thus good vacuum,...

    As long as you have good drop, thus good vacuum, your taps will remain open far longer on 3/16 than buckets do. Even 3+ months is not out of the question. On buckets 4-6 weeks is typical.
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    Back when I had gas powered vacuum pumps I had 2...

    Back when I had gas powered vacuum pumps I had 2 systems on them, each about 750 taps at times. I used Honda engines. The 6.5's did ok, but I then swapped one out to a 9 hp and it used less fuel on...
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    I have a Lapierre, started with a 3 bank, added 2...

    I have a Lapierre, started with a 3 bank, added 2 more a few years later. As said above, any brand is good, but opt for air diaphragm rather than gear pump. Mine was gear pump, brass, then regs...
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    No fan needed in the hood. In fact, run the stack...

    No fan needed in the hood. In fact, run the stack straight up, thru thew roof. If you ever add a pre-heater in the stack, add a damper that you can lock in position. Then adjust it until you just...
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    Sticky: bigbeef, welcome aboard. Yes this is addictive....

    bigbeef, welcome aboard. Yes this is addictive. Your only chance is to get out before you get deeper into it, BUT we all heard that and didn't listen.
    It sounds like you have pretty detailed plans....
  10. Thread: Mainline

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    In my experience using a smaller line increases...

    In my experience using a smaller line increases line friction and you will get less flow. Yes there is more weight in the pipe on a larger pipe but that larger line has less line friction. It is the...
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    I always like having my head tank outside and in...

    I always like having my head tank outside and in the shade, it keeps the concentrate (or sap) cooler. I built an elevated platform attached to the north wall on the sugarhouse, to the west I have...
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    The plumbing for that will be, pressure in the...

    The plumbing for that will be, pressure in the outer fitting on the bottom of the housing, then a high pressure hose out the top outer fitting, loop to housing #2 and into the outer fitting. The top...
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    How many gph do you get on the 125 per hour and...

    How many gph do you get on the 125 per hour and what are your outputs? My understanding was that a 125 did about 125 gph thus the model designation. My Deer Run 250 gets 250 gph, +/- about 10 gph....
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    I never had to allow that much height. I did have...

    I never had to allow that much height. I did have a lease where I needed to get 7.5' clearance, which might be close to what you would need, to get that (I only needed to get it in the off season) I...
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    We can best help with advice and ideas if you...

    We can best help with advice and ideas if you give us some information. Like tap count, evaporator size, fuel source, available time to boil and do you spend more time than you would like boiling....
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    By the way, I fixed the title of your post, you...

    By the way, I fixed the title of your post, you had a typo making it confusing.
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    You don't think you added any preservative? I've...

    You don't think you added any preservative? I've never had that happen, I don't know what you should do. Personally I'd toss the membrane, maybe some on here know a way to clean it and test to see if...
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    Yes, there is a temperature at which you can hold...

    Yes, there is a temperature at which you can hold concentrate. Dr Tim posted a chart on that someplace. It all depends on the sugar%. It doesn't need to freeze 1-2 degrees above works well. A friend...
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    As I was looking into propane my thought was a...

    As I was looking into propane my thought was a 1000 gal tank, then get it filled as it reached about 40%. I'm still concerned that the propane would struggle at lower temperatures.
    The gun club I...
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    I just got another email from Amazon, they now...

    I just got another email from Amazon, they now have Johnson Level & Tool 80-5556 Contractor Hand Held Sight Level

    Johnson Level & Tool 80-5556 Contractor Hand Held Sight Level, for $15.61. I'll...
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    Yes, I have similar issues. I however do have one...

    Yes, I have similar issues. I however do have one son (and his girlfriend, and sometimes his adult son helps too) who started helping do tubing repairs and some in the sugarhouse help, until last...
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    How loud is it? That's my biggest concern about...

    How loud is it? That's my biggest concern about going to fuel oil. Because of my concern about the noise I've been thinking propane, tube burners instead but I hear getting enough gas pressure can be...
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    those ideas all sound good and it5's a great idea...

    those ideas all sound good and it5's a great idea to test it on some scraps of ss.
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    Do what works best, neither is wrong. The one...

    Do what works best, neither is wrong. The one that boils faster is the winner!
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    For another use I went with Gorilla tape once...

    For another use I went with Gorilla tape once before. That sold me on it, far better than any other duct type tape I've ever used.
    Glad to say, my Gorilla glue and tape order arrived. Unfortunately...
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