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    Folks, BAP, Thanks! Ever have one of those...

    Folks,
    BAP,
    Thanks! Ever have one of those days where things just don't seem to go as planned? Well I lowered my 12 inch smoke stack gently down to the new base stack and it did not engage. Come...
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    Folks, Getting closer on the old King arch...

    Folks,
    Getting closer on the old King arch rebuild.
    Spent the day in the sugarhouse working on this new smoke stack base.

    https://i.imgur.com/e0UopcU.jpg

    Riveted up the seams and bolted the...
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    Folks, Spent some time setting up the tooling to...

    Folks,
    Spent some time setting up the tooling to work on this stainless smoke stack assembly. Three pieces: Front, Back and upper transition pipe. This is rectangular at the base 7 inch x 35 inch,...
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    PDiamond, Folks, Yea the stainless hangers are...

    PDiamond, Folks,
    Yea the stainless hangers are similar to that for hanging deer. Just a way to get a hold of the units! The hoist system allows me to lift the hood, the steamaway, and the pan off...
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    Folks, Visited Stateline Stainless today and...

    Folks,
    Visited Stateline Stainless today and assisted in bending the two halves of my new smoke stack! I will do the assembly work to make sure it matches the arch base and the 12 inch smoke stack....
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    Humm, Not quite sure I follow the antifreeze...

    Humm, Not quite sure I follow the antifreeze logic?? Wouldn't want that in the sap. Dont know what the answer is as I dont have any gages on any lines in freezing conditions. Maybe someone will come...
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    I would guess that your density is too high. Your...

    I would guess that your density is too high. Your not the first and won't be the last. Better to be a little heavy than too light on density. IMO.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    My only question is where are you getting .5%...

    My only question is where are you getting .5% sap? Fall tapping or hand built sap?
    I will not be able to help much as I dont own a R.O.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    More on the pan fit up, Check of the rail...

    More on the pan fit up,

    Check of the rail gasket 7/8 rope:
    https://i.imgur.com/4QkR0Sb.jpg

    The added channel looks just right. Will raise the pan off the rail to pick up more boiling area and...
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    Folks, Some work int he sugarhouse to test fit...

    Folks,
    Some work int he sugarhouse to test fit the pans on the reworked arch. The rear pan drain hole position check:
    https://i.imgur.com/rVaXvVn.jpg

    Outside drain:...
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    Folks, I captured Mr Peter Gregg! Yes the one...

    Folks,
    I captured Mr Peter Gregg! Yes the one and only! Drug him to our sugarhouse after he had spent all weekend at LEME! forced him to look at my old evaporator and had a good discussion with...
  12. Chickenman, Well you are very welcome. The LEME...

    Chickenman,
    Well you are very welcome. The LEME team did a lot of work to try to make it a good maple event/ show. Thanks for coming! See you next year!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Folks, 2019 LEME day one, in the books! Awesome...

    Folks,
    2019 LEME day one, in the books! Awesome to visit with friends/ neighbors about maple. Great turn out!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    I like the RULE brand bilge pumps, 12 volt,...

    I like the RULE brand bilge pumps, 12 volt, quiet, small, submersible, and pretty much bullet proof. get a 3000 gph and you will never look back! Plug it in the truck to transfer sap into the truck...
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    Dave, Thanks! I see your scaling back your...

    Dave,
    Thanks! I see your scaling back your operation. I have been considering the same thing. I have at least one string of tubing I am not going to put up but that's only 20 taps. I have things...
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    Folks, Ready to take down the next 2 foot...

    Folks,
    Ready to take down the next 2 foot section of base stack. Have supported the upper 12 inch smoke stack with some boards screwed to the pipe and setting on the cross ties.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Nate is correct but I bet the folks making syrup...

    Nate is correct but I bet the folks making syrup in the cast iron kettles got some scorch and smoke flavors too!:) Keep making and tasting and enjoying the experience with family and friends!
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    Folks, Dr Tim's analogies are super. My only...

    Folks,
    Dr Tim's analogies are super.
    My only comment to the original posters questions would be: 5/16 lines down hill, tight, and follow the creek. Raise the upper end as much as you can without...
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    After seeing the picture of your pans. It looks...

    After seeing the picture of your pans. It looks about right. As mentioned, try it and make some syrup.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Folks, Slow steady progress on the old arch...

    Folks,
    Slow steady progress on the old arch refurbish project.
    Set up the AOF air inlet system,
    https://i.imgur.com/rM1kwch.jpg

    Fastened it together with screws at each joint. Couple hangers...
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    Amber Gold, Glad you got it! Hope your new...

    Amber Gold,
    Glad you got it! Hope your new canner meets or exceeds your expectations! I had to wait 28 years for the grandson to get trained and working as a electrician, and he still doesnt do...
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    Jared91, I believe they are recommending moving...

    Jared91,
    I believe they are recommending moving the open block up one space closer to the pan. You might get better draft. Then again your mileage may vary! Rule 1 of suryp making. If you have fire...
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    Pdiamond, Folks, Hoping one of the kids, or...

    Pdiamond, Folks,
    Hoping one of the kids, or grand kids, or great grand kids get the maple making bug! Cooper will be 2 about the time syrup season is done next spring. He and I were looking at...
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    Can't change whats coming! Hope you have a open...

    Can't change whats coming! Hope you have a open winter like when I built mine. Started the 20th of October and made syrup in it in the spring. Keep hitting at it you will be very happy when your...
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    Folks, Had a supervisor in the sugarhouse this...

    Folks,
    Had a supervisor in the sugarhouse this afternoon. This is our Great grandson, Cooper. He was inspecting the evaporator rework, the tubing and the pans! He loves being outside! ...
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