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    Looking good. We switched to an oil unit from...

    Looking good. We switched to an oil unit from wood. Part of the reason was to reduce fire hazards. We also have a preheater with hoods. With the added space it sure is cool in the sugarhouse. ...
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    So true. We did not quite double it, but...

    So true.

    We did not quite double it, but added about 8 or so feet in each direction. The evaporator's actual space is designed to accommodate a larger unit if ever needed. However a larger RO...
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    No much to contribute to the 3/16". I would read...

    No much to contribute to the 3/16". I would read up on it a little more though. I may have a mis-understanding but I believe the risk of a 3/16" fitting (read this to be tap or tee or other)...
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    Are you looking for long term tension or short...

    Are you looking for long term tension or short term tightening then tying it off? It maybe easiest to buy the tensioners, but you can use rope for other options such as a prusik.
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    We plan to finish the sugarhouse to get a little...

    We plan to finish the sugarhouse to get a little more weather tight. Then finish a 1200 mainline run which should add 600+ taps plus the ability to add more as time allows or as taps are needed.
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    We'll plumb a sink in here. We are looking for a...

    We'll plumb a sink in here. We are looking for a 7' sink with dual washboards. We picked this one up at the right price, but the washboard will make the difference.
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    This the view of the...
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    This is the feed tank. Last year we pumped from...

    This is the feed tank. Last year we pumped from the sap tank to it. Next year the RO will push concentrate to it.
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    The feed tank supplies the evaporator through 1 1/2 sch 40 pipe.
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    L to R: Raw sap tank, permeate, and evaporator....

    L to R: Raw sap tank, permeate, and evaporator.
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    CDL and Pick and Shovel on scene for first fire and tune up.
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    During the design phase we debated 10' vs 12' walls. 12' gave us...
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    Walls went up in sections using the excavator to...

    Walls went up in sections using the excavator to lift and set them in place.
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    We had the trusses placed on the top plates and moved them in place with additional help and a lift from...
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    Old sugarhouse and supporting sheds 20236 ...

    Old sugarhouse and supporting sheds
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    Using forks to remove the roof systems and save some of the lumber for repurposing.
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    Used insulating forms for the Alaskan Slab.
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    I wish you the best of luck in getting up and...

    I wish you the best of luck in getting up and running. We tried to expand the bush one year in preparation for a new sugarhouse build to handle the expansion and then some. We are still putting in...
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    The concerns with an automatic float might be...

    The concerns with an automatic float might be freezing and how long to thaw. We have two "sap shacks" and unfortunately both are down hill from the sugarhouse. One is 750' all down hill and the...
  13. Thread: Cdl hobby 250

    by VT_K9
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    We finished running the RO and then switched to...

    We finished running the RO and then switched to the the wash filter, rinsed 100 gallons, ran the wash, rinsed with 150 gallons.

    Mike
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    We have not had a problem. I make sure to keep...

    We have not had a problem. I make sure to keep enough clean bottles for samples (we keep one sample from each batch through to the end of the year). Our first batch tested at 48%....my Dad and I...
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    We have used the Hanna for about three years and...

    We have used the Hanna for about three years and it works great. Our local high school has a sugarhouse and a lesson on making maple syrup and they use the Hanna.

    Mike
  16. Thread: New Sugar house

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    Looks good and good timing. We torn our old...

    Looks good and good timing. We torn our old sugarhouse down last April. Built a 28X60 (includes space for the tractor and equipment). Wanted to expand this year to about 1000-1200 taps, ran out of...
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    BAP is correct CDL owns them and still sells the...

    BAP is correct CDL owns them and still sells the brand. Hang on to your shorts...they aren't cheap. We looked at turning our short into a long. We'd like to change over to a diaphragm pump to. ...
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    Still looking for that great run this year. Sap...

    Still looking for that great run this year. Sap flow started to increase around noon today. I am hoping the next few days it will pick up. The woods still have a fair amount of snow and there are...
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    I haven't checked my sugar content this year, but...

    I haven't checked my sugar content this year, but we will peak about 2.25 and often stay around 1.75%. We have a few reds. A lot of our trees are on ledge and we have few field side trees.

    Mike
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    Do you have the time to run 5/16" to finish the...

    Do you have the time to run 5/16" to finish the season or do your plans include a build out which requires more planning? You may not hurt yourself to run that 5/16" along the 3/16" and then when...
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    Found a couple of squirrel chews in one line...

    Found a couple of squirrel chews in one line which resulted in icing in the mainline. This was plaguing us for the last week or so and finally had a chance to walk some of the lines last night. Our...
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    There is a magic formula which maybe temperature...

    There is a magic formula which maybe temperature dependent to stretch the line X length.....

    I think the theory is to put it up tight around 30-40 degrees and you should be fine on either side. ...
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    We used to clean our 2x6 (older Grimm or the WSE)...

    We used to clean our 2x6 (older Grimm or the WSE) at the end of the year when boiling raw sap on 175-200 taps. Then as we grew the number of taps and then added an RO we ended up cleaning every 5-10...
  24. Thread: Cdl 250

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    Check for my past posts on here. We ran a CDL...

    Check for my past posts on here. We ran a CDL 250 since 2014. We have stepped up to a CDL 600.

    After each use we CHANGED THE FILTER then ran about 10 minutes or 125 gallons of permeate through...
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    I mix vinegar and permeate, heat it, let it soak...

    I mix vinegar and permeate, heat it, let it soak overnight, and flush it with more permeate. During the flush I would warm the pans up. This worked well for us.

    Mike
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