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  1. Thread: Mix sap question

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    Seems like something from chemistry class: ( 3500...

    Seems like something from chemistry class: ( 3500 gal x 1.5% + 400 gal x 8% ) / 3900 total gal = 2.167%.

    Dave
  2. Thread: maple research

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    I would be interested in data regarding the...

    I would be interested in data regarding the operation of vacuum on sap production, for the case where the pump is running continuously, versus pump turned off when sap stops running (lines frozen). ...
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    Poll: My sugar content was extremely low. 2700 gallons...

    My sugar content was extremely low. 2700 gallons of sap from my 200 taps, 45 gallons of syrup, 60:1 average ratio. I have 2/3 red maples so that is part of the reason, still it was worse than last...
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    You might want to take a look at this for some...

    You might want to take a look at this for some ideas, or an easier way to solve the problem. A customer of mine in Quebec uses this remote start generator to power his AC guzzler pump remote system....
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    Thanks Jamie. Enjoyed seeing your top notch...

    Thanks Jamie. Enjoyed seeing your top notch operation too!

    Dave
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    Here is my experience. A couple years ago I used...

    Here is my experience. A couple years ago I used a Shurflo 4008 to draw vacuum plus transfer up 25' elevation through 550 ft of 1/2" pipe when tank was full. When pumping up the hill I lost half...
  7. Thread: Hop Kiln Road 2020

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    Congrats on your season Bruce! Hope my pump...

    Congrats on your season Bruce! Hope my pump control systems helped in some part. My sap is still running here in central Mass but sugar content is very low. More sap, less syrup :(

    Dave
  8. Thread: Sap flow question

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    I am looking forward to the results on red...

    I am looking forward to the results on red maples. Prior to discovering 3/16 lines and vacuum from gravity or small diaphragm pumps, I did not bother tapping red maples since they produced very...
  9. Thread: Tapped in Harvard

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    135 gallons last night from 200 taps. Sap ran...

    135 gallons last night from 200 taps. Sap ran late, barrels half full this AM and temp was 27 degrees. Not over yet!

    Dave
  10. Thread: Tapped in Harvard

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    Lines and buckets were running well in Princeton...

    Lines and buckets were running well in Princeton last night but they didn't start till mid or late afternoon so there wasn't enough sap to boil. Betting we will get a good run the next several days...
  11. I increased my sap level to about 2" and it made...

    I increased my sap level to about 2" and it made a huge difference. Seems my SL 2x5 hybrid does not like sap levels less than about 1.5", due to the dynamics of the bubble columns. It seems...
  12. Good advice, wish I had done it it prior to...

    Good advice, wish I had done it it prior to yesterday. Scorched my syrup pan last night which is fed by the flue pan, not sure why. Had to shut down my boil for the night. My theory is that the...
  13. I have a Smokey Lake 2x5 hybrid and I have to...

    I have a Smokey Lake 2x5 hybrid and I have to keep a close eye on it when it is ripping. The sap from float box enters the fluepan right where there is a wall of bubbles, and sap flow shuts off when...
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    I will go the other way, I think you will get...

    I will go the other way, I think you will get good results using the 3/16 tubing. It is a more forgiving of droops and sags which will can cause surging at the pump. I'm sure a well set up 5/16...
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    Glad the controller is working well for you! ...

    Glad the controller is working well for you!

    Dave
  16. Thread: Tapped in Hanson

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    I first tried tapping red maples on buckets a few...

    I first tried tapping red maples on buckets a few years ago and it was hit or miss. About 1/3 of the buckets gave less than a gallon of sap all season, the others did OK but no where near as good as...
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    I tapped about 75 last weekend, 1/3 of my total. ...

    I tapped about 75 last weekend, 1/3 of my total. Will likely tap the rest over the next 3 weekends and have everything ready by March 1. Collected about 35 gallons this week.

    Dave
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    Maybe slime in the mainlines? I use 3/16 lines,...

    Maybe slime in the mainlines? I use 3/16 lines, and the strainer does not have to be cleaned except at the end of the season. Lines get cleaned every year. If you use bleach, use a weak solution...
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    I have used these guys. The prices are good but...

    I have used these guys. The prices are good but shipping a bit expensive if you are just buying a small number.
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  20. Here is what I have done for cleaning gravity...

    Here is what I have done for cleaning gravity tubing lines. I seem to do something different every year while learning what works and what doesn't, but I think this worked well. It was certainly...
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    The amount of vacuum you can pull on a Shurflo...

    The amount of vacuum you can pull on a Shurflo recirculating water (assuming no leaks) depends on what you have for intake restriction. If you are using a half inch hose, your vacuum will be very...
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    I have a Smokey Lake 2x5 Hybrid. Works great,...

    I have a Smokey Lake 2x5 Hybrid. Works great, but it is a 2 person job to remove and re-install pan for mid season cleanings (1 or 2). And I always end up looking like a chimney sweep when done :)...
  23. It is a bushing. The one in the picture is 1/2"...

    It is a bushing. The one in the picture is 1/2" to 1/8" PVC. Black piece is 1/8" npt to 1/8" barb.
  24. You will probably have to use 3 pieces to adapt...

    You will probably have to use 3 pieces to adapt from pex to the 1/8" barb. I have found that for the small barbs there isn't a good adaptor to 1/2", you have to go 1/2" to 1/4" or 1/8" then insert...
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    I haven't tried this one yet but just stumbled...

    I haven't tried this one yet but just stumbled across it and it may be worth a look. According to the ad, it conforms to NSF/ANSI standards for drinking water and lead free.
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