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    I can only supply a general rule if thumb which...

    I can only supply a general rule if thumb which is that the ramp should force all flue gassed up against the bottom of the pan. There should only be a minimal clearance of 1/4 to a 1/2 inch between...
  2. Thread: Warped pans

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    That makes sense. Do warped pans cause other...

    That makes sense. Do warped pans cause other problems? Does niter collect more readily in the low spots or anything like that?
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    Warped pans

    I have a friend looking at a divided flat pan. The pan has some warping. Iím wondering how much warping is too much. I know that lots of people make great syrup on warped pans but there must be...
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    I don't think it's a bad idea, but it likely...

    I don't think it's a bad idea, but it likely won't be as effective as a cupola. Might it be effective enough for your situation? That depends on the how big your evaporator is and how big the gable...
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    That may be true but, again, it isn't really the...

    That may be true but, again, it isn't really the point the OP was getting at. As others have pointed out, the question is about a niche market based on production techniques. If the OP can command...
  6. I had a similar question a few months back. I...

    I had a similar question a few months back. I have a woodstove type cap and I was concerned that it was causing draft restriction. I was getting some smoke blowing out the cracks of the arch from...
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    I think he's going for a sense of purity or...

    I think he's going for a sense of purity or wholesomeness in production methods. There may be a market for producers who are go back to basics and eschew the use of plastics and their inevitable...
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    Definitely need venting if your boiling inside. ...

    Definitely need venting if your boiling inside. How were you planning to run the chimney stack? Lots of people have small evaporators that are mobile on wheels. You could just wheel it in and out...
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    Some pictures might be helpful. Small windows...

    Some pictures might be helpful. Small windows wonít cut it for ventilation. Rafters that are open to the underside of the roof are not useful either.
  10. There are way too many variables to consider in...

    There are way too many variables to consider in this situation to be able to give you a definitive answer. Type of pollutant, solubility in water, airborne concentration in proximity to evaporator,...
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    Drainable RO vs Non Drainable

    From what I understand, some ROs are drainable to prevent freeze damage. It is also my understanding that RO membranes should not be left dry. These two things seem to be in conflict with each...
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    Thanks for the reply. What youíre saying makes perfect sense. How long does it take for a hydrotherm to come to equilibrium?
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    Murphy compensating cup vs hydrotherm

    Iím wondering if there is an advantage to a Murphy cup vs a hydrotherm. The cup works in conjunction with a hygrometer but the hydrotherm does both functions as a single unit. The hydrotherm is...
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    Interesting. My evaporator has a 45Ē flue pan. Seems like that would be enough distance given that a 2x6 typically has a 48Ē flue pan. My rig has a much shorter firebox though, only 18Ē
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    Small arch AOF

    Iím wondering if anybody has done AOF for an arch smaller than 2x6. Is it worth it for something that size?
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    I too was considering going the PVC route but I...

    I too was considering going the PVC route but I balked at the $30 cost. The most updated instructions for the RO Bucket state that you can store the system intact and filled with preservative. I...
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    Interesting. I have some aluminum buckets that...

    Interesting. I have some aluminum buckets that came with the evaporator I bought. I had thought that sap contact with aluminum would be preferred to galvanized steel. Is this not the case as far...
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    I should add that aluminum is reactive to acids...

    I should add that aluminum is reactive to acids and sap can be somewhat acidic.
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    Aluminum is a neurotoxin but I think that...

    Aluminum is a neurotoxin but I think that conclusion is a little overblown. Can you site a source?

    I wonder if the main problem is that aluminum welding is challenging and the cost savings would...
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    I donít have that evaporator but I do have one thatís a little smaller that I get 20gph on. I would check to be sure that you have finely split dry wood and that the arch ramp is properly...
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    My understanding is that it depends on the...

    My understanding is that it depends on the configuration of your RO. 50% removal per membrane is the operational limit for these small ROs. If you have multiple membranes plumbed in series you...
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    I agree that NOAA is the best and is where others...

    I agree that NOAA is the best and is where others get much of their data. Weather.com without a doubt has the most convenient website and app and is useful for casual weather checking. However it...
  23. Thread: Sap Spoilage

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    A spark from my stack started a fire in the dry...

    A spark from my stack started a fire in the dry grass and leaves in my yard last night. After looking like a fool running around and stomping it out I turned off the blower and finished the night on...
  24. Thread: Frozen RO

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    I was worried that the ice might destroy the...

    I was worried that the ice might destroy the membranes. I'm planning to boil this evening so I'll see how it behaves.
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    Will do. Thanks everyone for replying

    Will do. Thanks everyone for replying
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