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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.
  3. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  13. Thread: Getting ready

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    Sounds like you have a good handle on it. If your...

    Sounds like you have a good handle on it. If your selling, location is a key factor and I bet your new shack location will help with sales. And will all that you will be gaining with electricity,...
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    A good day in the woods

    So I finished installing a new mainline to a new section of woods today (300ft of 3/4in). That is always a good feeling because for where I am at this is the hardest part to set up new woods (hills...
  15. Thread: Getting ready

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    No option of solar at shack?

    No option of solar at shack?
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    Also keep an eye out for used RO's on this site...

    Also keep an eye out for used RO's on this site and Bascoms.
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    For 1000 taps and a 2x8 you would have to have a...

    For 1000 taps and a 2x8 you would have to have a good sized RO to not drown in sap. I would recommend to buy as big RO as you can for your money. Deer Run Maple have good economical hobby RO's for...
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    Probably the best thing I did after hearing it on...

    Probably the best thing I did after hearing it on this site was put an overflow line from the head tank back to the sap tank in case your RO fills your head tank too fast then you wont be dumping...
  19. Thread: Plumbing a tank

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    Any food grade pipe will work fine. For larger...

    Any food grade pipe will work fine. For larger pipe I usually use pvc. Smaller pipe I usually use a flexible pipe like mainline or similar just make sure it is rated for potable water.
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    Wow that is a lot of years of splitting wood. Not...

    Wow that is a lot of years of splitting wood. Not to mention splitting for an evaporator takes twice as long as the splits are 1/2 the size as the wood stove splits.



    12 cord! That is a lot of...
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    Its a good day...

    ...when the wood shed is full. Mine is attached to the kitchen and is large enough to fit 1.5 cord, more than years worth. Thats good cause we are growing a bit every year.
  22. Thread: DSD saddles

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    Many including my self like these very much.

    Many including my self like these very much.
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    Would 3/4 inch be large enough for the manifold?...

    Would 3/4 inch be large enough for the manifold? I would like to do 1/2 inch branches. Larger than 3/4 makes fittings expensive.
  24. I would buy the pan first and do some...

    I would buy the pan first and do some modification to your block arch. That is what my dad did this past season. He took his block arch and did away with his 2 steam table pans, bought a 2x3 pan and...
  25. Like anything, it depends. If you are running RO...

    Like anything, it depends. If you are running RO then you can get a smaller evap and be fine (2x3 or 2x4). Depending on your budget, you could buy new pan and arch or with a tighter budget buy a used...
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