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    A water chiller where I am employed has a cooling...

    A water chiller where I am employed has a cooling coil like that in it. My only concern with a coil like that would be cleaning it. It's pretty easy and quick running the bulk tank brush around the...
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    Keeping a room cold or a tank cold will achieve...

    Keeping a room cold or a tank cold will achieve the same thing- less boiling stress! You guy's will be very happy with cold concentrate storage. Refrigeration is a great sugaring investment. -Steve
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    That's a great deal! Nice find. You will wonder...

    That's a great deal! Nice find. You will wonder how you got by without one next season. They are an extremely useful sugaring tool.
    The first year mine was up and running, I held 12%...
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    Alright, I understand what you meant now. The...

    Alright, I understand what you meant now. The cooling coil would have to be in contact with the tank skin itself. A bulk tank's "cooler" is attached to the bottom third or so of the tank. It cools...
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    Ken- I have seen water-holding tanks that had...

    Ken- I have seen water-holding tanks that had the exterior covered with dense, black foam insulation. I'm sure you could insulate a tank somehow with all the different types of insulation out...
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    I'm sure a compressor unit is not cheap, but I...

    I'm sure a compressor unit is not cheap, but I can not speak on the cost of those. My $500 tank included the compressor. However, I did not know at the time of purchase if it worked or not. But...
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    Yes, online and Craigslist ad's around here for...

    Yes, online and Craigslist ad's around here for "working" tanks are $3500-$8500. And I'm not saying they are not worth that- but I figured I could get one going again for less than that.

    And...
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    Hands down, a working bulk tank is a very...

    Hands down, a working bulk tank is a very worthwhile investment! I got one operational 4 or 5 years ago. It takes the worry out of losing sap/concentrate due to a lack of time to boil. I only boil...
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    I would imagine lots of hot water under pressure,...

    I would imagine lots of hot water under pressure, maybe a little a soap, maybe. Lots and lots of hot water, though. But I might be wary of using those until I did some homework. I've never read a...
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    I agree on upsizing. You'll be very happy down...

    I agree on upsizing. You'll be very happy down the road when you add a few taps and realize you don't have to modify your arch. I have a few "redo's" under my belt so I can speak from experience,...
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    The width of it is good. You want the heat to...

    The width of it is good. You want the heat to flow evenly underneath your entire pan and then up and out. A narrow opening forces the heat to "funnel" inwards towards the smaller opening, causing...
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    Not to hi-jack this thread, but I was also...

    Not to hi-jack this thread, but I was also looking for a gear pump, but for just moving hot syrup. I knew the "NL" series was no-lead and figured I'd check e-bay for the heck of it. Of course,...
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    "Takes the sport right out of it"- LOL! In all...

    "Takes the sport right out of it"- LOL!
    In all actuality, I'm at the other end of the spectrum from Dr. Tim and the University. I work full time, so still does my father- so we had (and still...
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    Regardless if you RO at the woods and haul it or...

    Regardless if you RO at the woods and haul it or RO at the sugarhouse, if it's going to have to set for a while it needs to be refrigerated. Keeping the concentrate cold is key. And if you RO at...
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    I can not speak on gravity from experience but I...

    I can not speak on gravity from experience but I can speak on the difference when pumping through 1" and 2" hose. For years, I both collected and then unloaded with the same, 1" inlet/outlet gas...
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    Years ago I bought an Alamo 30 (well I'm almost...

    Years ago I bought an Alamo 30 (well I'm almost certain it's a 30) and the motor that came on it, which was also an Alamo brand motor, is 1.65 H.P. The R.P.M. is 1725 and it has a 4.5" diameter...
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    Yes, I've had people ask me, "Where have you...

    Yes, I've had people ask me, "Where have you been?" during and immediately after sap season! Lol! Being outside earlier than everyone else will give you some added color. However, my farmer tan is...
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    That's very unfortunate, and maybe suspicious. ...

    That's very unfortunate, and maybe suspicious. Most guys know where and about how far that stuff goes as it's being dispersed. Unless strong winds took it from the field and into the edge of the...
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    Like Chris, I also roll up and store short runs. ...

    Like Chris, I also roll up and store short runs. Flexible tubing helps out with that task! And my father and I also went to using water/hot water to help out with the flex tubing. We got by but it...
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    I think I'm going to go with CDL also. My 3/16...

    I think I'm going to go with CDL also. My 3/16 lines are all CDL. A neighboring sugar maker has used CDL products now for a few years and is very happy with it's performance.
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    I agree, the max flo flex drops have all sorts of...

    I agree, the max flo flex drops have all sorts of crud in them. And I had a fair amount of difficulty getting it on the fittings. Despite the great flexibility of it I don't think I'm going to get...
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    Thanks guy's. I'm going to have to try...

    Thanks guy's. I'm going to have to try something. They nearly chewed completely through a line twice! I don't know how it didn't break- I'm lucky I didn't find it on the ground. I've had plenty...
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    Thanks for the suggestions guy's. -Steve

    Thanks for the suggestions guy's. -Steve
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    Best 5/16 drop line tubing?

    I know this question is a lot like the Ford vs. Chevy question, but I'd still like to hear everyone's opinions.

    Who makes the most flexible, user friendly 5/16 drop line tubing? What have you...
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    Squirrel chew prevention question

    I think I remember someone on here, quite some time ago, mention that putting automotive-style, wire loom (wire protection/wire covering) on their tubing seemed to work. Anyone remember that post? ...
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