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    In your picture the bottom bolt holds the float...

    In your picture the bottom bolt holds the float arm tight so it is fine. The top bolt and the holes in the body and the pivot arm have to be the exact same size. Any play at this pivot point will...
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    Openwater, I have a valve similar to yours. I...

    Openwater, I have a valve similar to yours. I eliminated the slop in the pivot points by drilling the holes the same size as the pin or bolt that goes through it. Made a big difference!
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    My supplier can't get glass. He was told they...

    My supplier can't get glass. He was told they don't even know when they may start manufacturing again.
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    My 2x3 sits on a wooden floor of 2x10s. The...

    My 2x3 sits on a wooden floor of 2x10s. The firebox has a bottom and I have that bottom covered with firebrick. No heat at the floor. In front of the arch I have a piece of flagstone about 24x 24....
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    I run my 12 volt bilge pump for transferring sap...

    I run my 12 volt bilge pump for transferring sap off my ATV with a plug in connector and it works fine.
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    Poll: Why 2 on the same day??

    Why 2 on the same day??
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    I have the RB20 for my 100+ taps and it is...

    I have the RB20 for my 100+ taps and it is perfect. The directions with it are clear and easy to understand. It is actually easier to use then it appears. You will love it!
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    Yes you do. Lol and the biggest thing to know is...

    Yes you do. Lol and the biggest thing to know is that you NEVER leave your boil unattended or un watched. You can watch that sap boil for hours and days with no problems but the minute you turn your...
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    That looks great! I would now add a couple more...

    That looks great! I would now add a couple more firebrick for the grate to set on. Adding these against the wall will make it a lot easier to clean out the ashes.
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    I have a home made 2x3 arch that I lined with...

    I have a home made 2x3 arch that I lined with firebrick when I built it about 12 years ago. I stacked the 1/2 firebrick splits with no mortar and they are still stacked all these years later.
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    You can use firebrick to both protect your block...

    You can use firebrick to both protect your block and sit your pans on them. You will learn that super hot fire you will have, will do many bad things to steel after a few/ many hours of boiling sap.
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    I think you are going to have to lift your grate...

    I think you are going to have to lift your grate up a few inches. If not it will plug up with ashes and coals and the draft will not be able to come up from below your fire.
  13. Thread: RB25 Kit

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    Being a few months past the season I can't give...

    Being a few months past the season I can't give an exact total time investment. You are right ,I do run the RO about an hour to get some concentrate to get started. I don't lose the whole hour though...
  14. Thread: RB25 Kit

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    I have 100+ taps and last season I purchased a...

    I have 100+ taps and last season I purchased a RB20. It cut my boiling time in better then half and the same with the wood supply. I also get longer draws with the higher concentrate sap. The RB20...
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    I have 4 Maples trees in my back yard that are...

    I have 4 Maples trees in my back yard that are growing in a square. I built a large treehouse (sleeps 4) 11 feet above ground on 2x12s. Each was lag bolted on one end and resting on J brackets on the...
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    When smoking meat, I coat the meat with maple...

    When smoking meat, I coat the meat with maple syrup before I add my rub. It keeps the rub from falling off and adds a great flavor.
  17. Thread: The RO Bucket!!

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    One season on mine (RB20)and I love it. Wish I...

    One season on mine (RB20)and I love it. Wish I had it years ago!
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    I did my final boil of the season today and had...

    I did my final boil of the season today and had the same problem. I also noticed that anytime I pumped or poured sap it also foamed up. Glad it's not like that all the time. Thanks for the answers.
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    Foaming like crazy

    Started todays boil with a like new clean pan. Sap concentrated to 4%. From the time it came to a boil it was foaming. The foam would die down around firing time but then go right back up as soon as...
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    Ok we got our big freeze,( 30+ hours worth below...

    Ok we got our big freeze,( 30+ hours worth below freezing) now lets see how they are going to flow. One last hurrah I hope.
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    Chuckwagon, we're waiting for that cold spell...

    Chuckwagon, we're waiting for that cold spell too. We tapped a couple weeks later this year due to the cold so we think the holes will still be flowing later this week. Our trees always dry up before...
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    Smokey Lake hydrometer and murphy cup. The best.

    Smokey Lake hydrometer and murphy cup. The best.
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    My last freeze was Friday night and my trees ran...

    My last freeze was Friday night and my trees ran well Sat, Sun, Mon and still got enough for a small boil today. All finished for now but it looks like a one night freeze for Sunday night. I am...
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    Today my trees finally let loose. :D:D First real...

    Today my trees finally let loose. :D:D First real good run of the year but it looks like we might only get the next three days out of it. Hopefully we can find some cold nights after the coming week....
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    red/one, put a lid on top of the filters/pail....

    red/one, put a lid on top of the filters/pail. You won't believe how much faster your syrup will go through the filters if you keep the heat in.
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