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    I just checked, Lapierre does offer 3 choices of...

    I just checked, Lapierre does offer 3 choices of vacuum powered pumps. Click on the performance chart on their site to help you decide if one would be feasible for what you need. It looks like they...
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    I know nothing about them, but I think it is...

    I know nothing about them, but I think it is Lapierre who offers a vacuum powered transfer pump.
  3. Mine has about 1/4-3/8" support along each side....

    Mine has about 1/4-3/8" support along each side. The greater the area open to the fire the better the boil.
  4. I made a winch system years ago just to lift a...

    I made a winch system years ago just to lift a 2x6 fully bricked so I could pour concrete under it. I made it by putting a long 3/4" black iron pipe on the top of the truss bottom cords on each side....
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    Nice find! I have an old english tin flue pan...

    Nice find!
    I have an old english tin flue pan (3x5) that has about 2" deep flues. It has lots of pin holes, but I still use it when I have an open house to help explain what a flue pan is.
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    OK, that explains it. Thanks for the...

    OK, that explains it. Thanks for the clarification.
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    OK, Bill Mason will know for sure!

    OK, Bill Mason will know for sure!
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    You are calling it paper, how thick is it? If...

    You are calling it paper, how thick is it? If just paper thick you are not insulating it much if any. Most who use ceramic insulation use 1" thick (some might even use thicker, but a barrel stove...
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    That reminds me, my last one I made (described...

    That reminds me, my last one I made (described above) had a T not an ell out the top. The top of the tee had a screw in plug with thread seal, the side out was back up to the larger diameter going to...
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    What are your plans where you have no concrete?...

    What are your plans where you have no concrete? If that is for your evaporator, it should have a good foundation, otherwise it will not stay level as the frost comes out of the ground. Read up on...
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    Yes, sorry, mine had a racquet ball, I just...

    Yes, sorry, mine had a racquet ball, I just forgot to mention that. That was the reason for the 1.25" outlet, then back up to larger to be certain the ball did not get sucked thru if I had used a...
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    I don't have any pictures and I trashed the ones...

    I don't have any pictures and I trashed the ones I built years ago, did not keep them. However I can describe how I built the one that worked best. The main body was 4" PVC pipe and 64" tall. On the...
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    Compare that to Leader, $2.70 for full bricks and...

    Compare that to Leader, $2.70 for full bricks and $2.48 for half thick.
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    While my only experience with that type of...

    While my only experience with that type of diaphragm pump is in my sugarhouse, I use a 115V pump. I have used it for 5-6 years now but it is used only to pull permeate or fresh water from my permeate...
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    Calm down, maple should be kept fun for everyone.

    Calm down, maple should be kept fun for everyone.
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    Use at least 1 size larger tubing than the size...

    Use at least 1 size larger tubing than the size of the pump. Read the specs to be sure the pump can push the 40' lift (and don't just guess, verify the lift). As stated, mount the transfer line to...
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    How do you plan to boil the sap?

    How do you plan to boil the sap?
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    For tapping, if using 5/16 taps, you can tap 1 at...

    For tapping, if using 5/16 taps, you can tap 1 at 10" and 2 taps at 18-20" and 3 if over 28" on a healthy looking tree. Those are the diameters. Those are on gravity collection, if you ever go with...
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    In my area I found fire brick far cheaper at a...

    In my area I found fire brick far cheaper at a cement, and block yard, the type where a mason would go. Retail stores mark them up far too much and maple suppliers are the highest. That being said, I...
  20. A sump pump can be risky. The issue with them is...

    A sump pump can be risky. The issue with them is that they are sealed in oil, if the seal fails the sap is ruined.
    Lots of pumps are suitable for pumping sap, but they need to be dedicated pumps....
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    I agree, over the evaporator and about the same...

    I agree, over the evaporator and about the same square foot opening as the sq. ft of the evaporator, up to maybe 50% more.
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    September Journal

    The cooler weather has started making it easier to get work done outside. Unlike 2 years and more ago, I still have more wood to buck and split, however most of what I'll be burning is basswood....
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    Happy labor day to all

    May everyone have an enjoyable Labor Day. Remember to drive carefully and watch out for drivers who aren't careful.
    Maple season is now 1 month closer. Time to start ramping up.
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    My air powered diaphragm pump is rated 200F, but...

    My air powered diaphragm pump is rated 200F, but I heat my syrup to 205-210F, then draw it off into a SS milk dump station pot (it has a SS nipple out the bottom). I mix in the filter aid then pump...
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    What diameter did you use. Years ago I had an...

    What diameter did you use. Years ago I had an issue, I had used a 1/2" high temp silicone hose, with about a 8' length, it flattened from the suction but did not fully collapse. I later changed to 1"...
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