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    When we first went to a sap puller we just...

    When we first went to a sap puller we just installed it into the bottom of our mainline. Most mainlines were 3/4" with a few laterals plumbed with 1/2". We used 5/16" sap line. We had about 275...
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    I have a fair amount of experience carrying...

    I have a fair amount of experience carrying firearms. I think you have two directions as far as handguns go...smaller concealable or mid-sized great for open carry (can be concealed with the right...
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    Maple Flats your sugarhouse looks nice. Our old...

    Maple Flats your sugarhouse looks nice. Our old one was of very traditional design with wood storage on either side under the eaves. We knocked those walls out years ago to get more room.

    We...
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    The pics were taken over a period of months. We...

    The pics were taken over a period of months. We started emptying the old sugarhouse at the end of 2018 in hopes to tear it down and build a usable building for 2019. My Dad is retired and I work...
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    Nate, This past season we held the sap the...

    Nate,

    This past season we held the sap the same number of days we did with the RO AND 2x6. It was not worth the setup and clean up for 300 or so gallons with the RO.

    This next year I hope...
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    Looking good. We switched to an oil unit from...

    Looking good. We switched to an oil unit from wood. Part of the reason was to reduce fire hazards. We also have a preheater with hoods. With the added space it sure is cool in the sugarhouse. ...
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    So true. We did not quite double it, but...

    So true.

    We did not quite double it, but added about 8 or so feet in each direction. The evaporator's actual space is designed to accommodate a larger unit if ever needed. However a larger RO...
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    No much to contribute to the 3/16". I would read...

    No much to contribute to the 3/16". I would read up on it a little more though. I may have a mis-understanding but I believe the risk of a 3/16" fitting (read this to be tap or tee or other)...
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    Are you looking for long term tension or short...

    Are you looking for long term tension or short term tightening then tying it off? It maybe easiest to buy the tensioners, but you can use rope for other options such as a prusik.
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    We plan to finish the sugarhouse to get a little...

    We plan to finish the sugarhouse to get a little more weather tight. Then finish a 1200 mainline run which should add 600+ taps plus the ability to add more as time allows or as taps are needed.
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    We'll plumb a sink in here. We are looking for a...

    We'll plumb a sink in here. We are looking for a 7' sink with dual washboards. We picked this one up at the right price, but the washboard will make the difference.
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    This the view of the...
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    This is the feed tank. Last year we pumped from...

    This is the feed tank. Last year we pumped from the sap tank to it. Next year the RO will push concentrate to it.
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    The feed tank supplies the evaporator through 1 1/2 sch 40 pipe.
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    L to R: Raw sap tank, permeate, and evaporator....

    L to R: Raw sap tank, permeate, and evaporator.
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    CDL and Pick and Shovel on scene for first fire and tune up. January 2019
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    During the design phase we debated 10' vs 12' walls. 12'...
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    Walls went up in sections using the excavator to...

    Walls went up in sections using the excavator to lift and set them in place.
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    We had the trusses placed on the top plates and moved them in place with additional help and a lift from...
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    Old sugarhouse and supporting sheds April 2018...

    Old sugarhouse and supporting sheds April 2018
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    Using forks to remove the roof systems and save some of the lumber for repurposing.
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    Used insulating forms for the Alaskan Slab. ...
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    I wish you the best of luck in getting up and...

    I wish you the best of luck in getting up and running. We tried to expand the bush one year in preparation for a new sugarhouse build to handle the expansion and then some. We are still putting in...
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    The concerns with an automatic float might be...

    The concerns with an automatic float might be freezing and how long to thaw. We have two "sap shacks" and unfortunately both are down hill from the sugarhouse. One is 750' all down hill and the...
  18. Thread: Cdl hobby 250

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    We finished running the RO and then switched to...

    We finished running the RO and then switched to the the wash filter, rinsed 100 gallons, ran the wash, rinsed with 150 gallons.

    Mike
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    We have not had a problem. I make sure to keep...

    We have not had a problem. I make sure to keep enough clean bottles for samples (we keep one sample from each batch through to the end of the year). Our first batch tested at 48%....my Dad and I...
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    We have used the Hanna for about three years and...

    We have used the Hanna for about three years and it works great. Our local high school has a sugarhouse and a lesson on making maple syrup and they use the Hanna.

    Mike
  21. Thread: New Sugar house

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    Looks good and good timing. We torn our old...

    Looks good and good timing. We torn our old sugarhouse down last April. Built a 28X60 (includes space for the tractor and equipment). Wanted to expand this year to about 1000-1200 taps, ran out of...
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    BAP is correct CDL owns them and still sells the...

    BAP is correct CDL owns them and still sells the brand. Hang on to your shorts...they aren't cheap. We looked at turning our short into a long. We'd like to change over to a diaphragm pump to. ...
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    Still looking for that great run this year. Sap...

    Still looking for that great run this year. Sap flow started to increase around noon today. I am hoping the next few days it will pick up. The woods still have a fair amount of snow and there are...
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    I haven't checked my sugar content this year, but...

    I haven't checked my sugar content this year, but we will peak about 2.25 and often stay around 1.75%. We have a few reds. A lot of our trees are on ledge and we have few field side trees.

    Mike
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    Do you have the time to run 5/16" to finish the...

    Do you have the time to run 5/16" to finish the season or do your plans include a build out which requires more planning? You may not hurt yourself to run that 5/16" along the 3/16" and then when...
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