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    Trouble light with a 60watt bulb may work. (Old style bulb, not none of those curly que things).

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    I have never had a problem with a big drawoff at the start of a boil, I only flood the flue pan, the syrup pan stays where its at, or if there is a good bit of fire still in the arch I let a little bit more in. My feelings are that the flue pan isn't too sensitive, basicly just making concentrate to feed the syrup pan.
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    I flood the flue pan and due to the thermal mass of the arch there's a lot of evap overnight after the fire is out. Next time the rig is fired up it never misses a beat. I'm sure it makes a difference in the way your arch is insulated as well, mine is filled with sand.

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    As far as the float box is concerned I take the float out every night then when the rig is fired up if the float box is still froze I scoop over hot sap doesn't take long and your in buissness

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    I take some hot coals from my outside wood burner in a metal bucket and set them in the fire box a few hours before I will boil and the rig is all thawed out when it is time to fire it up. To fire it up I repeat the bucket of coals and add wood.

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