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    Here are some pics of the air injection system that I built for my evaporator. The Bubblemaster 1.0! Before the Bubblemaster 1.0 all I was making was grade B and darker syrup. On March 19 I boiled for the first time with the Bubblemaster and since then right up to the very end I continued to make grade A syrup. That was close to half of my crop this season.

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    Russ

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

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    1930 Ford Model AA Doodlebug tractor
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    Wow that's impressive! What type of blower did you use and where did you locate it at?
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    2011-2012: 10 buckets in the yard, 82 on gravity
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    I used a new shop vac and put it outside on the platform next to my feed tank. I used 1 1/2" PVC pipe to connect it to the Bubblemaster.
    Russ

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

    Algier 2x6 evaporator, W F Mason arch
    Lapierre 250 Turbo RO machine
    SP-22 vacuum pump
    1930 Ford Model AA Doodlebug tractor
    1971 IH 454 52hp diesel tractor
    A couple of Honda 4 wheelers
    About a dozen chainsaws and no chickens

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    I never would have thought of that. Nicely done!
    19 years old
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    Running a Half-Pint by Leader with a Full Pint Pan by Smoky Lake Maple
    2011-2012: 10 buckets in the yard, 82 on gravity
    2013: 149 on gravity, 10 buckets in the yard
    12X16 sugarhouse

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    100_0042.jpg100_0045.jpg100_0049 (2).jpg 2 Air Injector Filter Pumps on the outside of sap house.Air Injector pipes in sap evaporator and air injector pipes in finish evaporator.
    D&G 24x96 with 12 inch cook plate Drop Flue Evaporator, Home made Preheater & Hood. D&G 7" Short Filter Press. http://s263.photobucket.com/albums/i...plesyrupstove/ 300 Taps on Vacuum , 2016.

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    What do you think would be the optimum CFM required? I wanna see if I can get a little squirrel cage blower and make a manifold for it. so is that 1 inch pipe that the 3/8 pipe is conected to? if that is 3/8 tubing?

    and its hard to see how did you connect the smaller tubbing onto the larger pipe? I am really gonna do this for next year as well. See how it goes!!!
    may your sap be at 3%
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    Quote Originally Posted by red maples View Post
    What do you think would be the optimum CFM required? I wanna see if I can get a little squirrel cage blower and make a manifold for it. so is that 1 inch pipe that the 3/8 pipe is conected to? if that is 3/8 tubing?

    and its hard to see how did you connect the smaller tubbing onto the larger pipe? I am really gonna do this for next year as well. See how it goes!!!
    I think you will need a radial blower (like a shop vac) I do not believe a squirrel cage would have enough pressure.
    William
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    You are blowing air into the hot liquid evaporating? Never herd of this before what is the purpose of this you allude to the fact that it produces a lighter grade of syrup why would that be this is very interesting post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b116757 View Post
    You are blowing air into the hot liquid evaporating? Never herd of this before what is the purpose of this you allude to the fact that it produces a lighter grade of syrup why would that be this is very interesting post.
    Yes, there have been some testing and pictures posted on using this method. There was a huge improvement in syrup grade using the air injection.
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    Brad the manifolds are 1" pipe and the tubes are soft copper. I soldered compression fittings into the manifolds to attach the tubes with. The volume of air with a squirrel cage will probably be enough but it may not make enough pressure to push the bubbles up through the sap in the flue pan.

    b116757 the air bubbles are pointed to the bottom of the pans to stir / force the nitre up so that it doesn't sit there and burn. This is a big problem for producers that concentrate their sap to higher percentages with their RO's. The sap in my flue pan was the color of syrup or darker before it even come into the front pan. I concentrate up to 18% before I boil.
    Russ

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

    Algier 2x6 evaporator, W F Mason arch
    Lapierre 250 Turbo RO machine
    SP-22 vacuum pump
    1930 Ford Model AA Doodlebug tractor
    1971 IH 454 52hp diesel tractor
    A couple of Honda 4 wheelers
    About a dozen chainsaws and no chickens

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