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    Do you have 240 V across the heating element? ...

    Do you have 240 V across the heating element? You could have 120 V from each wire to ground, but no current through the element if both leads are the same phase.
  2. I agree that the amount of tubing stinking out...

    I agree that the amount of tubing stinking out past the clamp is critical. However, I have also found that different runs of tubing can have slightly smaller inner diameters and be very tight. In...
  3. Well, another season is wrapping up. I have...

    Well, another season is wrapping up. I have enjoyed reading all of the post on the West Virginia site by canaanmaple, lilshot and 220 mapler, and following their season this year. I always plan to...
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    I did not tap until this weekend, but good runs...

    I did not tap until this weekend, but good runs this week
  5. Thread: Sap is running

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    I also tapped half my trees on Saturday. Still...

    I also tapped half my trees on Saturday. Still getting some lines ready on the other half. Good runs all this past week
  6. Good luck Keith

    Good luck

    Keith
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    Good luck. I am still waiting a few week. Really...

    Good luck. I am still waiting a few week. Really not ready yet

    Keith
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    Good luck. I am curious to hear how your season...

    Good luck. I am curious to hear how your season goes

    Keith
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    One thing that I find useful in leak checking...

    One thing that I find useful in leak checking 3/16 tubing is a pair, or two, of needle-nose vise grips with 5/16 in tubing covering the teeth. With these you can pinch off certain drops or sections...
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    I have used zip ties to connect 3/16 tubing lines...

    I have used zip ties to connect 3/16 tubing lines that are crossing a field using a wire guide. Some brands fall apart after a couple years in the sun.

    Keith
  11. I do not know the advertised rate, but I got...

    I do not know the advertised rate, but I got 10-12 gph.

    Keth
  12. I have had a NGMP 2x6 for three years. Started...

    I have had a NGMP 2x6 for three years. Started with one flat divided pan ( to save money), but changed to drop flue set the last 2 years. I am very happy with it, and get 25-35 gph. Owner was very...
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    WX10 will do about 13 gpm through 1 in pipe and...

    WX10 will do about 13 gpm through 1 in pipe and 19 gpm through 1-1/4 pipe. 700 ft of the 1 in will hold 29 gals and for the 1-1/4 in 45 gal. (These calculations do not include any fittings.)

    I...
  14. Thread: 3/16

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    On most of my runs, I go the whole way to the...

    On most of my runs, I go the whole way to the tank. If you have good slope, that is the way to go.
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    Netsplitter: In general, it is not a good idea...

    Netsplitter:

    In general, it is not a good idea to tee two (or more) 3/16" lines together. You may decrease natural vacuum on one or both lines because of the flow restrictions. The 3/16 does not...
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    For fixing the bottom end to the tank, you can...

    For fixing the bottom end to the tank, you can use hollow core rope. Then feed about 12 to 18 inches of the 3/16 tubing through the center of the rope, like a finger trap. You can then tighten this...
  17. It was not that long ago. 3 tanks of propane, 2.5...

    It was not that long ago. 3 tanks of propane, 2.5 gallons of syrup. But, I boiled quie a bit to finish on the kitchen electric stove

    Keith
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    Speaking of Maple addiction, you need to see the...

    Speaking of Maple addiction, you need to see the trailer for the new muppet movie, "Happytime Murders". The trailer was released a as spoof Public Service Announcement (PSA). Interesting publicity...
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    I do not think any of the Honda pumps will do...

    I do not think any of the Honda pumps will do 250-300 ft of static head. You will need some type of multi-stage pump. I have pump curves from some of the Honda Pumps and some of the Gould Pumps, if...
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    I use a Gould’s 18GBS15 pump (that is 18 gpm (at no restriction) stainless, 1.5 Hp) hooked to a generator to pump through 1200 ft of 1 in pipe with an elevation rise of about 100 ft. I get about 10...
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    Mark: I did do both days. Lousy weather both...

    Mark:

    I did do both days. Lousy weather both days. Rainy in February and snowed in March, but people still came out.

    Keith
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    Frostmore: Sounds like a decent season. I...

    Frostmore:

    Sounds like a decent season. I stopped last weekend. Flows were way reduced and too many other jobs to keep up with the warmer weather.

    I had about 700 taps this year, and true to...
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    Yes, I have all of my batches coded. This was the...

    Yes, I have all of my batches coded. This was the last 10 gallon batch of 130 gallons. So you are saying that boiling, or near boiling does not kill the ropey bacteria? I will be checking soon. Some...
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    I have a question. I am fairly new to syrup...

    I have a question. I am fairly new to syrup making and I experienced my first ropey sap in the evaporator. I quess that I did not get the sap boiled in pan or float box enough. I will definitely...
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    I had a similar problem last year. After...

    I had a similar problem last year. After searching a bit, I found the pump curves for the Honda pumps on their website, and used them in a pump calculation spreadsheet.

    I put in your situation of...
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