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    I believe most RO's suggest 2x the hourly rate,...

    I believe most RO's suggest 2x the hourly rate, thus 125x2=250 if single membrane, 250x2=500 if double membrane.
    That said, I at first used a 550 gal plastic tank for permeate, but a year or 2 later...
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    What BAP said, still has a trace of sugar in it.

    What BAP said, still has a trace of sugar in it.
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    What is the source of distilled water? If you are...

    What is the source of distilled water? If you are calling permeate distilled water, it's not that pure, even though you can't measure any passage of sugar and other minerals, both are still in...
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    I can't access your pictures, I have an Android...

    I can't access your pictures, I have an Android phone not an Apple.
  5. Just a guess, but I doubt a Shurflo would move...

    Just a guess, but I doubt a Shurflo would move much if any syrup. If it would, I'll bet you would need to heat it using a band heater and bring it to near max temperature for the Shurflo.
    I think...
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    I made my dollies. 2x4's and 4 non-swivel casters...

    I made my dollies. 2x4's and 4 non-swivel casters on each. I used 2.5" casters, I think 3" may be easier to rotate larger barrels, my barrels so far have been 5 gal (1 time) 10 gal (several time, and...
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    Leader suggests a Carlin #102, firing at 3-3.5...

    Leader suggests a Carlin #102, firing at 3-3.5 gph.
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    My method works for me. When I fill a barrel, I...

    My method works for me. When I fill a barrel, I use a spray bottle (and now a pressure pump up dedicated sprayer) . I spray the outside of the barrel just enough to get it all wet. In the beginning,...
  9. With my air diaphragm pump I listened for 1...

    With my air diaphragm pump I listened for 1 season to the compressor. That next fall I added a shop, about 90' from the sugarhouse, I ran power from the sugarhouse (100A) to the new shop, and in the...
  10. I spread mine in my fields, just keep it well...

    I spread mine in my fields, just keep it well spread, not in piles, too much of a good thing is bad. In the woods, same thing, spread it, no clumps or piles.
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    When you say “In time I got better”, what did you...

    When you say “In time I got better”, what did you do differently than before? Just cracked it less?


    Yes, I just got more accurate in the amount I opened the valve so the draw could keep going...
  12. Nice, keep us posted. Looks like a nice plan....

    Nice, keep us posted. Looks like a nice plan.
    Getting kids interested in maple is a huge plus.
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    In my early days of tapping I actually used...

    In my early days of tapping I actually used binoculars to look at the higher branches. While malpes have opposite branching, that is not readily apparent on bigger limbs because one of the opposites...
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    It appears my tractor has no options for rear...

    It appears my tractor has no options for rear chains, far less agressive front chains are available but I don't really think they would help much, not enough weight on the front and the tires are...
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    Happy 4th of July

    I want to wish all a wonderful, safe 4th of July. Please stay safe, don't drink and drive and if using fireworks follow all safety instructions.
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    Since my arch was 21 yrs old, I can see why Steve...

    Since my arch was 21 yrs old, I can see why Steve wanted something newer, a lot has changed in 21 yrs in regards to arches. Steve, why not contact any of the vendors selling new evaporators. I see...
  17. All good plan, just remember to keep it fun.

    All good plan, just remember to keep it fun.
  18. Nice, how many taps do you have planned for 2023?...

    Nice, how many taps do you have planned for 2023? Your next upgrade might be an RO.
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    The width on my Grimm 3x8, 2001 vintage was...

    The width on my Grimm 3x8, 2001 vintage was 37.25", Leader pans which were labeled 3' wide but only 35" wide. I guessv their feet were smaller.
  20. I believe it would take more than one record year...

    I believe it would take more than one record year to flood the market with syrup. Reserves were very low just before the season, and a record year might only get reserves to a comfortable level IMHO....
  21. I used 4 copper manifolds, each was !" copper...

    I used 4 copper manifolds, each was !" copper with 6 @1/2" take offs. The sap entered the hood at the rear of the, on the long side. Once inside it had a cap on the other end and each 1/2" take off...
  22. With a steam hood on my back pan I made 3...

    With a steam hood on my back pan I made 3 different pre-heaters over the years, all before the float box. My last one had slightly over 40' of copper tubing under the hood. As it flowed into the...
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    2 things. Earlier you were asking or wondering...

    2 things. Earlier you were asking or wondering about draw off frequency, just do it by temperature and don't try to time it. Actually back when I had a 2x6 I attended a seminar by Glen Goodrich and...
  24. Not needed, a properly designed ramp and flues...

    Not needed, a properly designed ramp and flues pan boils hard all the way back, why burn more fuel?
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    Just a guess, but ask a local sugarmaker (local...

    Just a guess, but ask a local sugarmaker (local to the new property) if they had significant forest tent caterpillar damage. If the trees are defoliated by forest tent caterpillars, they will...
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