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    Red, that is one of the nicest looking log shacks...

    Red, that is one of the nicest looking log shacks I've seen, and I've seen many here in the upper Midwest. I can attest for the use of aspen for log construction....my dad and grandfather built a...
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    I never turn down elm for firewood, decent on the...

    I never turn down elm for firewood, decent on the Btu scale; heat our house and shop and domestic hot water with an outdoor boiler so I'm not very picky with the species. Back in my younger days we...
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    Previous to this season I was using ten wraps of...

    Previous to this season I was using ten wraps of 1/2 inch copper around the chimney pipe, that took 40F incoming sap to 160F. This year just for grins I doubled the wraps to see what would happen...
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    I used 1/2 inch copper wrapped around the...

    I used 1/2 inch copper wrapped around the chimney, 40°F sap in, 160°F sap out; there's a picture in my Feb. 2019 thread titled "Sap Preheater Pic for Eberzin"
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    [QUOTE=Cjadamec;364215]Try wrapping the preheater...

    [QUOTE=Cjadamec;364215]Try wrapping the preheater in insulation or some sheet metal. It will gain you a fair bit more heat without need more tubing.[/QUOTE

    I wrap the preheater with aluminum...
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    Yes: 40°F sap in, 160°F sap out. I'm thinking about splicing in more length to get beyond 160°F; I like to experiment each season to up the game (efficiency) so that's probably one of the things...
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    Sap Preheater Pic for Eberzin

    Here's a pic of my sap preheater
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    if you don't want to flood the pan with vinegar...

    if you don't want to flood the pan with vinegar to cover the burn spot, cover that area with two or three thicknesses of paper towel and soak that with vinegar, keep that wet for a few days and then...
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    totally agree that 18 amps at 120V will dim the...

    totally agree that 18 amps at 120V will dim the lights on startup. Still seems excessive for a blower motor. wonder if the blower came factory with that motor or if someone swapped the motor out. ...
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    Basic calculations follow to get you close...

    Basic calculations follow to get you close enough: 18 ampsx120 volts = 2160 watts, then the two blowers: 4 amps x 240 volts =960 watts each, x 2 = 1920 watts and add that to the 2160 yields 4080...
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    metal all the way. I have a copper tube...

    metal all the way. I have a copper tube preheater around my chimney pipe.....40F sap in, 160F sap out.
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    I've been using a Dayton model 4C447 blower for...

    I've been using a Dayton model 4C447 blower for some years on my oil tank arch (2x4 pan and 2'x16" pan) wired to a speed control I purchased for about $30; checking Dayton's website, the 4C447 blower...
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    I used some 3/4 inch dia. rebar and made some...

    I used some 3/4 inch dia. rebar and made some upside down "U" supports the width of the fire box; I scrounged chucks of grates from various stoves that were getting junked and set the grates on top...
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    For steam escape, I'm going to build a hood and...

    For steam escape, I'm going to build a hood and vent through the roof. We elbowed the chimney pipe out the big door this spring just so we could boil but the overall plan is to close the big door if...
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    That is an awesome project! Seems we have some...

    That is an awesome project! Seems we have some things in common, leaving the city, returning to the north country, making syrup, building from the land. I think you will really enjoy the fruits of...
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    I use a 24x48 inch flat pan on a 275 gal. oil...

    I use a 24x48 inch flat pan on a 275 gal. oil tank arch, it has 1 inch angle iron around the perimeter to support the pan; before that I had built an arch from a very old water heater and used a...
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    +1 on the oil tank arch; I started with a turkey...

    +1 on the oil tank arch; I started with a turkey fryer, then built an arch from a very old water tank, then went to an oil tank arch, added a copper coil preheater around the chimney and added a...
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    vach50, I have a 2x5.333 homemade evaporator...

    vach50,

    I have a 2x5.333 homemade evaporator and been using a copper tubing preheater around the chimney pipe for several seasons; brings 40F sap to 160F; I could increase the output temperature...
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    I've been doing this for several years - copper...

    I've been doing this for several years - copper tubing wrapped around the stack, 40F sap in, 160F sap out, haven't had issues with burning or vapor lock so far.
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    Thanks guys; it's been fun so far, much more work...

    Thanks guys; it's been fun so far, much more work to go, will keep me busy this summer!
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    Clay, I've tried to attach a couple of pics...

    Clay,

    I've tried to attach a couple of pics off the shack; it's a unique footprint:20'x30'x8'x32'-4" (trapezoid), reason being is I needed to fit it between the property line and an existing road...
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    just completed building a vertical log sugar...

    just completed building a vertical log sugar shack in the woods behind our house; 75 cedar logs (and 3 spruce logs) taken from deer camp in the U.P., would have taken more spruce as that's a good...
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    That is sweet! I got my hands on some stainless...

    That is sweet! I got my hands on some stainless counter tops a while back; now just need to finish the shack build and start furnishing it; might post some pics in the other thread later this year...
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    Thanks! sometimes I don't have a helper...

    Thanks! sometimes I don't have a helper available when I'm pulling off the large pan, so the rollers work good for that. Each season I try to add something to the game and try to improve things...
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    I built one laying on its side, this will be...

    I built one laying on its side, this will be season six, no signs of any structural issues, front pan holds 40 gal., back pan 10 gal. I insulated extremely well to limit heat from going anywhere...
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