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  1. You won't have enough volume in the line from a...

    You won't have enough volume in the line from a single tap to create the natural vacuum. As others have stated, you need multiple taps (connected with ~32" drops lines to a tee) on a single 3/16...
  2. All double size steam pans deeper than 4 inches...

    All double size steam pans deeper than 4 inches have been discontinued by the manufacturers. There is some availability in Europe, UK and Italy, but shipping makes it not worth it.

    You are...
  3. Thread: My plan

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    Or use a guzzler 400-h diaphragm hand pump. They...

    Or use a guzzler 400-h diaphragm hand pump. They are awesome and you can just move from barrel to barrel with it. They get 7 - 10 gpm with 5 - 7 strokes per gallon. Very easy/nice to use.
  4. The best thing to use to clean your pans is...

    The best thing to use to clean your pans is distilled white vinegar. You can dilute with water (or not) and heat it up and let it soak. That will remove all kinds of nitre build up, minor scorching...
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    I built a manifold using push connect fittings...

    I built a manifold using push connect fittings and 3/8 OD poly tubing. I have 3/8 x 1/4 tees with 1/4 valves on each line and used 3/16 barb x 1/4 stem fittings found at freshwatersystems.com. ...
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    You can build a vacuum filter for pretty cheap. ...

    You can build a vacuum filter for pretty cheap. Works far better than gravity / cone filters. Key is to use diatomaceous earth with the right filter papers.

    I built one and it worked great but...
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    Looks great

    Looks great
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    Can you shift the exhaust port back? If not,...

    Can you shift the exhaust port back?

    If not, you could raise that last pan a few inches or use a shallower depth pan (keeping the bottom up higher than the others). Could probably achieve that...
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    You will get more on this tubing setup than you...

    You will get more on this tubing setup than you would on buckets.
  10. Tons of incredible info on here and by proctor...

    Tons of incredible info on here and by proctor research center (youtube) regarding 3/16 install. Would not even pretend this is the best, but its a simple and straightforward video of us doing our...
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    If you have adequate slope it will be just fine.

    If you have adequate slope it will be just fine.
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    If you collect and boil daily it won't be a...

    If you collect and boil daily it won't be a problem unless there is a prolonged warm spell (fairly high temps for more than a day). However, gathering tanks/barrels will develop some slime in them...
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    No harm at all in including that final tree. You...

    No harm at all in including that final tree. You will get more out of it on tubing than a bucket and it won't reduce yield of upper taps at all.
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    The soil is clay and stress is from root...

    The soil is clay and stress is from root disruption inside the drip line from a 24" deep x 4 inch wide trench cut between two mature trees for utilities. Leaves seemed slightly smaller and not as...
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    What is the best fertilizer mix for maple trees?...

    What is the best fertilizer mix for maple trees? 16-4-8 NPK slow release (~180 days)? Asking for both a stressed mature tree and saplings.

    Any recommended natural or organic brands?

    Fall...
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    Did you get the end line hook with the built in...

    Did you get the end line hook with the built in drop line barb? Like this: https://bascommaple.com/collections/mainline/products/laelh316

    If so, drop line goes down to the top barb and your...
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    Dr. Tim can weigh in, but I dont think adding the...

    Dr. Tim can weigh in, but I dont think adding the bottom 3 taps would have a negative effect on the upper 8. If anything it's more sap in the line and a slightly longer run, which would increase...
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    Why not put all 11 trees on a single run and tank...

    Why not put all 11 trees on a single run and tank just below the last one?

    Also - reiterating... do not vent at the top of the run. That defeats the natural vacuum that is being put on the tap...
  19. You will still get niter. Perhaps your buildup...

    You will still get niter. Perhaps your buildup in your pans won't be that bad if you clean them out frequently (every boil or so). However you will absolutely have nitre in your syrup. Its...
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    You can use sunflower or canola oil as a natural...

    You can use sunflower or canola oil as a natural defoamer as well. A few drops works well. Would be fine for small hobbyist using steam pans.
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    I would suggest running it right around that...

    I would suggest running it right around that tree. Small zig zags like that is totally normal. I was previously referring to large (like 30 feet) and multiple zip zags that might make sense to...
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    Also - 50 to 60 trees is going to keep you very...

    Also - 50 to 60 trees is going to keep you very busy on a 4 or 5 steam pan block arch. General rule of thumb is about 1 gallon per hour of evaporation per square foot of pan. Assuming excellent...
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    Zig-zagging is fine, but don't go overboard. Too...

    Zig-zagging is fine, but don't go overboard. Too much zig-zagging uses more tubing and reduces the vertical drop per linear foot which reduces efficiency of the line (friction). If you have very...
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    There is lots of great information on how to hang...

    There is lots of great information on how to hang tubing on this site. Keep it tight and downhill and use hollow woven rope over the tubing towards the end to keep it taut. A tubing tool is key for...
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    That approach would require you to be boiling at...

    That approach would require you to be boiling at the same time your sap is running.... all day.... night...whenever.

    The way I approached this was to have my vacuum setup feed into a small...
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