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    Attaching spouts to drops early?

    So last year I attached my spouts to my drop lines right before I tapped. I had great yields but the problem I encountered was that with the tubing so cold and my hands so cold it was a pill to do. I...
  2. Thread: Autumn prep

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    Autumn prep

    Hey to all my IL producing friends (and anyone else reading this),

    I assume some of you are out getting things done this fall before the weather turns to winter, which may be any day based on the...
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    Based on the initial post, without vacuum 5/16 is...

    Based on the initial post, without vacuum 5/16 is the way to go. With or without vac you will need the lines to be perfectly pitched down to the collection point. I would start with what you hope is...
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    For each inch of vac you get 5% more sap from...

    For each inch of vac you get 5% more sap from taps. With your estimation of 150 taps on vacuum, I would think a tight system with a sap puller should be able to maintain low to mid 20's inches of...
  5. As bricklayer said size of pump and motor are the...

    As bricklayer said size of pump and motor are the key items in determining if you can add a larger membrane. I too am looking to add another membrane to my deer run ro. I needed to increase the pump...
  6. Thread: Deer run ro

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    I think you will be quite happy with it. Great...

    I think you will be quite happy with it. Great unit for the price.
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    For a vacuum setup it is recommended around 50....

    For a vacuum setup it is recommended around 50. Most will go with 3/4 main though as it is only slightly more expensive and can handle around 200 taps on vacuum.
  8. Another place to look is any dealer catalog. They...

    Another place to look is any dealer catalog. They usually have #tap recommendations per arch and pans.
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    I'm assuming it is a flat pan. Definitely a lot...

    I'm assuming it is a flat pan. Definitely a lot of arch build threads out there. Most of them are quite good and have good detail on the build. In the end it all depends on what you have to work with...
  10. Thread: Steam Pans

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    Here is a block configuration that my dad has...

    Here is a block configuration that my dad has used for many years.

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  11. Thread: Steam Pans

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    Main thing you want to think about is sap depth....

    Main thing you want to think about is sap depth. Having 1 inch of sap boils a lot faster and starts much quicker than 4 inches of sap. Steam pans don't vary a lot in size. I bet you could dig up a...
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    Is this build going to have AUF?

    Is this build going to have AUF?
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    Like most things in life, it depends. I have my...

    Like most things in life, it depends. I have my 3/16 laterals going into 3/4 main line and at the end of the main is a vac pump. My vac pump is freeze protected (inside) and has a temp switch that is...
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    I have heard some running up to 2k ft. I have a...

    I have heard some running up to 2k ft. I have a few long runs from the main line at the bottom of the hill all the way to the back woods at the top of the hill around 1500ft. I did have 25-30 taps...
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    I'm a little jealous because down here in Central...

    I'm a little jealous because down here in Central IL there isn't a maple store for 200 miles. I've never actually been in one.
  16. Especially with your first wash testing the PH is...

    Especially with your first wash testing the PH is crucial. After that just write down the measurement of soap per your wash tank and it should be much easier going forward. For example I know that...
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    Another part of this setup that a lot of people...

    Another part of this setup that a lot of people use and is very helpful is a temp switch. It lets you set the turn on and off temps for your pump setup. The 12v variety are cheap and easy to setup.
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    Easiest would be to just extend the 3/16 runs,...

    Easiest would be to just extend the 3/16 runs, especially with significant drop. I do consolidate my 3/16 into 3/4 mainline but only because the slope at the end of my runs is too low for 3/16 to...
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    I can't remember where I heard it but I want to...

    I can't remember where I heard it but I want to say that firebricks are more durable than refractory cement. I think this is why most arch manufacturers say to make the joints between the bricks as...
  20. Thread: Maple popcorn

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    As an experienced popcorn consumer I would not...

    As an experienced popcorn consumer I would not make it until the morning of. Even saving popcorn for a half a day it can taste a bit stale. You could experiment with containers that seal well and see...
  21. Based on what you described I would look at a...

    Based on what you described I would look at a 2x6. That would keep your boil time around 3-4 hours a day, depending on how much sap you collect and how hard you run the evap. It would also be able to...
  22. I assume you are going from a 2x4 flat pan to...

    I assume you are going from a 2x4 flat pan to flue pan setup? What are your max taps? I'm sure you did but I'll say it anyways, that it is always good to think of the future if you have options to...
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    Your answer will depend on what you have to build...

    Your answer will depend on what you have to build with or attach to. For my elevated tanks, I have 2x elevated platforms built. Both are built like mini decks. On the building side there is a ledger...
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    That is coming along nicely!

    That is coming along nicely!
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    Thin enough so that is is easy to work with and...

    Thin enough so that is is easy to work with and thick enough to support your brick. I was fortunate so salvage the stainless for my arch build but it was on the thick side (around 10 ga) and a pain...
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