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  1. #131
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    Quote Originally Posted by moeh1 View Post
    this sounds like a great thing for the birch guys as well. I keep eyeballing my few birch trees as I drive by them....
    thanks for sharing - another dang thing I've got to think about making.
    Just curious if you tried this with birch sap? I think it's a great idea.
    2016- 32 taps, 3 1/2 gallons
    2017- 150 taps, 13 gallons after building an evaporator
    2018- goal is 240+ taps. 20+ gallons.
    2018 Reality- 235 taps, 5 gallons of syrup. Average 50 birch taps and 3 gallons of syrup.
    2019- 180 maple taps, 20 gallons of finished syrup.
    ~ 160 birch taps, 13 finished gallons of syrup.

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    I really think this would be great for birch sap, especially increasing evaporation rate. I have a modification ready for my heating oil arch that the pan will sit on top of firebrick to prevent burning.
    I think I will use this manifold to keep things simple and less expensive.

    https://www.supplyhouse.com/Sioux-Ch...xoCDXEQAvD_BwE
    2016- 32 taps, 3 1/2 gallons
    2017- 150 taps, 13 gallons after building an evaporator
    2018- goal is 240+ taps. 20+ gallons.
    2018 Reality- 235 taps, 5 gallons of syrup. Average 50 birch taps and 3 gallons of syrup.
    2019- 180 maple taps, 20 gallons of finished syrup.
    ~ 160 birch taps, 13 finished gallons of syrup.

    Latitude 47.278150

    www.facebook.com/livingoffmyland2015

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    This is the bubbler I made for my flat pan.
    Aerator.jpg

    Aerator1.jpg
    2016- 32 taps, 3 1/2 gallons
    2017- 150 taps, 13 gallons after building an evaporator
    2018- goal is 240+ taps. 20+ gallons.
    2018 Reality- 235 taps, 5 gallons of syrup. Average 50 birch taps and 3 gallons of syrup.
    2019- 180 maple taps, 20 gallons of finished syrup.
    ~ 160 birch taps, 13 finished gallons of syrup.

    Latitude 47.278150

    www.facebook.com/livingoffmyland2015

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    20190409_155435.jpghere is proof that the bubbles make a huge difference, I couldn't figure out why we weren't making golden in the beginning of the season, well you can see what day I found the holes in the tubes plugged with niter🤐, top left to bottom right was our season--
    A&A 2x8 raised flue with hoods and preheater AOF/AUF
    8x12 kitchen
    8x12 canning room
    H20 7.5 1200 Econox for 2018 added 2nd membrane for 2020
    H2O 10" filter press half bank
    H2O 2430 gallon storage tank
    2500+ on 3/16 for 2020

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    Quote Originally Posted by billschi View Post
    I really think this would be great for birch sap, especially increasing evaporation rate. I have a modification ready for my heating oil arch that the pan will sit on top of firebrick to prevent burning.
    I think I will use this manifold to keep things simple and less expensive.

    https://www.supplyhouse.com/Sioux-Ch...xoCDXEQAvD_BwE
    Link doesn't seem to work but it got me close enough. Great idea on the premade manifold.
    2017- Started small- 90 taps and made 7 gallons. Long days and a few nights on a 1x2 and turkey fryer. Caught the bug!

    2018- Bought a homebuilt 2x4 and built a small scale RO. # of taps? (More then last year,), predominately Reds, @ 210, with about 90 on vacuum. Finished out with 21 gallons.

    2019- moved up to 100 gph procon for my home built RO. Small mods to the 2x4 arch. Worked on my vac setup and mainline. Set about 220 taps this year and finished with 21 gallons again.

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    I like the idea of the shop vac but how are you using these to blow air since they are suckers of air?
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 dolly RO - 73 gallons
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

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    Most shop vacs now are made so you can put your hose on the exhaust port and use them as a blower.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAP View Post
    Most shop vacs now are made so you can put your hose on the exhaust port and use them as a blower.
    Most small wet dry vacs are reversible or you can buy this spray painter on eBay and cannibalize the blower.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F332855308033
    2017- Started small- 90 taps and made 7 gallons. Long days and a few nights on a 1x2 and turkey fryer. Caught the bug!

    2018- Bought a homebuilt 2x4 and built a small scale RO. # of taps? (More then last year,), predominately Reds, @ 210, with about 90 on vacuum. Finished out with 21 gallons.

    2019- moved up to 100 gph procon for my home built RO. Small mods to the 2x4 arch. Worked on my vac setup and mainline. Set about 220 taps this year and finished with 21 gallons again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mol1jb View Post
    I like the idea of the shop vac but how are you using these to blow air since they are suckers of air?
    I use the outlet for the vacuum as the blower. The suction side is the air inlet.
    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

  10. #140
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    If I were to take a line off of my AOF/AUF blower to power a bubbler would to be necessary to put a filter on that line? Using a bouncy house blower for AOF. Blower is in the attic of kitchen.
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 dolly RO - 73 gallons
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

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