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    That sounds like it will work. I did 1" supply...

    That sounds like it will work. I did 1" supply and manifold down to 1/2" valves as well.
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    It's on the back end and not a good picture of...

    It's on the back end and not a good picture of it. It's more about letting the combustion exhaust gasses escape and not the heat. Just like the vent stack on top of water heater.

    You will need...
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    I would use firebrick. It worked great for my...

    I would use firebrick. It worked great for my set up. I wrapped everything in galvanized ductwork. Go further down than 12 inches though, the wind can still be problematic. I plan to extend my...
  4. This is looking very similar to what I built last...

    This is looking very similar to what I built last year. I did the same thing regarding a larger flat pan and ability to step down to steam pans. Set my burners up to be individually controlled. ...
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    No problem! The RO is the best thing I ever...

    No problem! The RO is the best thing I ever built. It really cuts boiling time and fuel usage. You should be very happy with the end result!

    To answer your other question, lower GDP membranes...
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    https://youtu.be/s106bSrcfno Just add 2nd RO...

    https://youtu.be/s106bSrcfno

    Just add 2nd RO membrane to this and it will quadruple your sugar content in a single pass. Worked great with a single membrane for 38 taps.

    Parts list with...
  7. Couldn't agree more: flat pan and RO....

    Couldn't agree more: flat pan and RO.
    https://youtu.be/s106bSrcfno
    https://www.sugartree.run/2019/03/custom-hobby-maple-syrup-evaporator.html
  8. Thread: Ticks

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    Sawyer is what I use as well. Works amazing.

    Sawyer is what I use as well. Works amazing.
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    I use permeate mixed with white vinegar. Bring...

    I use permeate mixed with white vinegar. Bring it up to boil and let soak and then rinse it out well. Video below:
    https://youtu.be/GrDxTZQcJok
    And site that describes process:...
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    Agree with others on this. The steam table pans...

    Agree with others on this. The steam table pans are great and pretty cheap but a nice flat pan works a bit better as others have stated. I have 36 taps and basically do the same thing as woodsy. I...
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    I made almost entirely golden delicate (~5.5...

    I made almost entirely golden delicate (~5.5 gallons). Around 2 quarts of amber rich, and less than a quart of dark robust:
    https://www.sugartree.run/2019/03/2019-maple-syrup-season-recap.html
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    I am very small scale (36 taps) and use natural...

    I am very small scale (36 taps) and use natural gas. I used 3 18"x6" stainless U-burners (by Hearth Product Controls) on a 1" manifold with dante ng-air mixers to get a pure blue flame. The firebox...
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    Based in Murrysville outside of Pittsburgh and...

    Based in Murrysville outside of Pittsburgh and our season has been over for a solid week or more. My last boil was on the 20th. Already looking forward to next year and making improvements. ...
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    No problem and glad you like it! Want to help...

    No problem and glad you like it! Want to help spread the joy of sugaring to others! :)

    I hope to keep it up and running. Subscribing to the site and the YouTube channel sure help keep it going. ...
  15. Thread: Evap pans??

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    Full size steam table pans (stainless steel) are...

    Full size steam table pans (stainless steel) are available on Amazon quickly and work better than a tall pot (more surface area to steam away water).

    Depends what you are using as a burner / heat...
  16. Thread: RO Flush

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    That is correct. You want to run with no...

    That is correct. You want to run with no pressure.
    See videos below :
    https://youtu.be/MP1NNt3b2Oo
    And
    https://youtu.be/m_RBNFkq80U
    ...
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    Loosely modeled after the RO bucket, but I am an...

    Loosely modeled after the RO bucket, but I am an engineer so I speced out the parts and made sure pressures and flow rates were all compatible.

    3/8 in and 1/4 out since cross sectional area of...
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    I would DEFINITELY recommend building an RO. I...

    I would DEFINITELY recommend building an RO. I tap 35 trees and found it very useful. You can build one for around $200 and honestly it's the best $200 I ever spent on maple syrup equipment. Video...
  19. How did Maple Syrup lead to the Commercial Natural Gas Industry?

    I live in Murrysville (outside of Pittsburgh) and found this very interesting:
    https://www.sugartree.run/2019/03/maple-syrup-and-natural-gas-murrysville.html

    Hope you enjoy the read and learn...
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    This is exactly what I do as well for my flat...

    This is exactly what I do as well for my flat pans. Works VERY well. I have a video for it here:
    https://youtu.be/GrDxTZQcJok
    And more info here:...
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    Agreed coffee filters are tough but if you...

    Agreed coffee filters are tough but if you pre-wet them with boiling water or steam they work better. A big stack works well too so you can lift up the top one and dump the syrup down to the next...
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    That syrup looks great! If its working for you, I...

    That syrup looks great! If its working for you, I wouldn't change a thing!

    Its really not right or wrong per se, just different technique. For large flat pan you might be fine. But boiling in...
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    Yeah and remember, in a continuous flow pan, you...

    Yeah and remember, in a continuous flow pan, you have the same amount of new sap coming in to offset what you are drawing off plus evaporating out and you have to heat that up too.
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    Yes. At steady state, it's all about balance of...

    Yes. At steady state, it's all about balance of heat in vs heat lost. The larger volume of sap (deeper in your pan) will have a greater heat loss from the sides than a thinner layer. This is...
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    Quick answer to you question about liquid depth...

    Quick answer to you question about liquid depth and evaporation/boiling rate:

    "It takes approximately 8.3 BTU to heat 1 gallon of water 1°F. The more sap you start with in your pan, the more BTUs...
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