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Thread: So I Guess I Should Have Left The Steam Away Raised?

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    Default So I Guess I Should Have Left The Steam Away Raised?

    Was back down to the sugarbush today taking a small load of wood in,went into the sugar house to see if any 2 legged or 4 legged critters had been around.Opened the door on the steam hood,smelled like something crawled in and died.No way anything can get into the steam away,looked through the " window " into the flue pan,which is where I figured the smell is emanating from,flues are all still wet,as well as the troughs in the bottom of the steam away. Guess I will be taking the pressure washer back down to blow the pans again,then raise the steam away for a few days to dry out. I figured I didn't want to leave the steam away raised or some critter might be planning on making a home for the summer
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    You didn't drain the pan, how did thatmuch liquid get in there?? I leave my drain valve open all summer
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    Yes pan drained,but looks like just after taking a shower,everything still has moisture on it
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    2x World Champion Maple Syrup Producer
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    Leader Vortex 3x14 with Max Flue and Revolution Syrup Pan,Enhanced Steam Away
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    Well, with the temperature fluctuations you've been having it's not a stretch to assume condensation has accumulated and all it takes is a few left over Mommy and Daddy bacteria to get a whole colony a-growin' and digesting in that slightly damp environment! When you go from 7°C to 19°C in 12 hours with humidity above 50% moisture is the result.

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    If it smelled bad it was not clean to begin with. It takes moisture and food for the bacteria to grow and create the odor.

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    So because the steam away is closed up it condensates?? Wondering if opening access door help
    18x30 sugarshack
    1500 taps high vac on new busch pump
    900 taps on vp74, 400 with 3/16" 20-40' drop
    3x10 drop flue stainless
    7'' wes fab filter press
    springtech 600gph RO
    400 gal stainless bulk tank
    3-1550's
    4-275's
    more taps to come in '17

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