+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: What's everyone's opinion on 3/16 line?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    New york
    Posts
    18

    Default What's everyone's opinion on 3/16 line?

    3/16 opinions


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Walpole, NH
    Posts
    1,109

    Default

    Very Impressed with it this year. I put up 73 taps split up on 4 lines this year. I have about 45-50 feet elevation drop. I put vacuum gauges at the top of each line and when running, I was getting as much as 28" of vacuum. They ran a lot of sap.
    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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    New york
    Posts
    18

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by BAP View Post
    Very Impressed with it this year. I put up 73 taps split up on 4 lines this year. I have about 45-50 feet elevation drop. I put vacuum gauges at the top of each line and when running, I was getting as much as 28" of vacuum. They ran a lot of sap.
    45-50 total drop? Or from the last tap?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Chatham NH
    Posts
    1,237

    Default

    I guess I have mixed feelings about 3/16, after the first season I was really impressed with how it flowed on marginal days and pulled good vacuum. Second season was a little less successful, it is much easier for the tubing to get plugged off completely at fittings. Especially after a hard freeze and rapid thaw. The ice tends to scrape down the side of the tubing and the gunk will bunch up at the fittings.

    I think it is especially important to keep these lines pulled tight and having alot of slope.
    Nate Hutchins
    Nate & Kate's Maple
    2018 1000 taps?
    20x36 sugarhouse
    CDL 600gph RO
    Franken evaporator, lapierre arch, smokylake pans and a leader hood with pre-heater.
    A wife and 2 kids.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    SE Columbus
    Posts
    19

    Default

    The big concern will be longevity. I too am concerned with such a little area for sap to flow that just the littlest amount of shavings or other gunk may cause a blockage. The issue with a blockage on natural vacuum is that there will be nothing to blow it open unlike the use of vacuum pumps. I have several customers who are using this material and are happy with it. They too have installed gauges and I have personally seen them pegged at 29 inches. In the short term is looks good, but it is still early to tell if it is really worth it in the long run. Give it 5-10 years and I bet this becomes a much bigger discussion. Whatever you use, just remember to be patient with whatever your outcome and don't forget to have fun.
    Ohio CDL Maple Equipment Dealer, "The Reference in Maple"

    Your best source for containers all year long!
    Ohio Les Cruchon Jugs
    Standard Flat Glass
    Value Added Fancy Glass

+ Reply to Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts