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    I have no idea of how much propane you are going...

    I have no idea of how much propane you are going to use, but it is really great that you are doing that with your grandson. Who cares how much propane you go through, the time together is...
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    We used to used two, 330 gallon totes for sap...

    We used to used two, 330 gallon totes for sap storage prior to running through the RO, but they were a pain to clean, and if not done properly, they would start getting crud in them if we had a...
  3. All four pumps that we use are each connected to...

    All four pumps that we use are each connected to approximately 100' of 3/4" mainlines and all laterals are 5/16". We routinely pull anywhere from 18" to 25" of vacuum with these pumps, unless of...
  4. Shurflo is the most commonly used RV pump based...

    Shurflo is the most commonly used RV pump based on comments on this forum. We actually have 4 of them on separate mainlines with anywhere from 70 to over 100 taps connected to each mainline. They...
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    Go with 3/4" mainline with as much fall as you...

    Go with 3/4" mainline with as much fall as you can achieve, as Buckeye Gold suggested. I highly recommend using DSD Star saddles (dsdstars.com) to connect your laterals to your mainline. Then, if...
  6. You will want/need the double fitting tubing tool...

    You will want/need the double fitting tubing tool to fully insert the T's into the 5/16" tubing. It makes inserting the drops into the lateral easy after you have pulled the lateral tight.
    We...
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    Swingpure, You must have been an accountant or...

    Swingpure,
    You must have been an accountant or auditor, with all those calculations you have made. My wife and I were both auditors before we retired and it makes it difficult to "sneak" anything...
  8. You may want to check with your respective...

    You may want to check with your respective State's regulations for selling syrup. In Michigan they have certain labeling requirements as well as meeting specific food safety standards, even if you...
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    We have a 2'x6' evaporator and and a 16'x24'...

    We have a 2'x6' evaporator and and a 16'x24' sugarhouse and it definitely is not large enough when you factor in space for a filter press, bottling area, etc.. We store our sap and our RO in a...
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    Consider what effect the double doors being open...

    Consider what effect the double doors being open might have as far as creating a draft on your pans. If it is going to be on the end of the pans it shouldn't have as much cooling effect as it would...
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    Not sure if you have a tractor supply store near...

    Not sure if you have a tractor supply store near you, but this is an option to heat your wash tank water....
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    Polycarbonate vs. nylon spiles

    I have been using polycarbonate spiles for the past three years, but am considering to switching to a different spile that is made of nylon. Is there any disadvantage of using nylon spiles over...
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    If I recall correctly, the problem is with the...

    If I recall correctly, the problem is with the motor's brushes wearing out. I have been running 12 volt models for over 5 years without a problem. I know you said you don't care to deal with a...
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    Paul, What method are you using to filter. It...

    Paul,
    What method are you using to filter. It could be that the crystals you are seeing got past the filter. Your bottling temperature should not have caused the crystals, because you should be...
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    We had a similar experience about 10 days ago. ...

    We had a similar experience about 10 days ago. Sap was slightly cloudy but the collection had been preceded by warm weather. We had emptied all collection barrels before the sap run to prevent...
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    I just run very warm/hot water through each of...

    I just run very warm/hot water through each of the pumps for a couple of minutes. As for the lines we run very warm/hot water (above 110 degrees) through all our mainlines and laterals. We put a...
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    You might want to PM JohnJenner on MT as this is...

    You might want to PM JohnJenner on MT as this is what he did this past season.
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    Maybe you can find someone with a filter press...

    Maybe you can find someone with a filter press who will allow you to run your syrup through to remove the DE.
    Gary
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    Our sugarbush is about 1/2 mile from our...

    Our sugarbush is about 1/2 mile from our sugarhouse and any available electricity. Previously we had to retrieve our 4 batteries every evening to recharge them. This past season we purchased two...
  20. We currently run 4 Shurflo 4008 pumps at four...

    We currently run 4 Shurflo 4008 pumps at four different locations in our woodlot. All pumps are connected to 100', 3/4" mainlines, with 12 to 15 laterals off each. Each setup has approximately 85...
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    Kevin, My decision as to when to clean my flue...

    Kevin,
    My decision as to when to clean my flue pan is based on how long it is going to be before we are expecting to boil again. If it is going to be over 2 days before we expect to boil, I drain...
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    I believe that Ray now uses MES in his Deer Run...

    I believe that Ray now uses MES in his Deer Run RO's.
    Gary
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    I don't use a Guzzler, but I was experiencing the...

    I don't use a Guzzler, but I was experiencing the same problem as you described with a Shurflo pump. It turns out, I had a small vacuum leak in the filter gasket connected to the pump. It was small...
  24. Everything that Ed R. said. To see an example...

    Everything that Ed R. said.
    To see an example of the labels you are required to use, check out Sugar Bush Supplies website and look at the labels toward the back of their catalog. Just remember,...
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    This might be an option, and not too expensive...

    This might be an option, and not too expensive https://www.amazon.com/Lisle-52750-Stethoscope-Kit/dp/B0015DLMOO/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=stethoscope+vacuum+detectors&qid=1614337774&sr=8-3
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