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  1. #21
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    Carl,

    I have been using your RO Bucket for several weeks now and put 430 gallons through it. I let mine run through the night and while I am at work if need be. I have been turning 2% into 5%-6% sap on a regular basis. This little unit has really improved the season in many ways, I was able to install more taps, boil less hours, gather split and burn less wood and most importantly stay in good standings with my wife because I am not out there EVERY single night boiling! The only thing I notice is the auto shut-off does not always shut off but I can live with that.

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    Glad to hear! It can take up to 5 minutes for the system to shut down. Other people have said the same thing. If you go past 50/50 sometimes residual pressure will keep the switch close. I am doing some r and d on a switch that trips at a higher pressure. Thanks for the feedback and glad you like it!

    The switch works best if you put it directly before the needle valve (between the last membrane and needle valve).

    Carl

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    I am just curios im going to run a smokey lake 2x8 this up coming season i dont have the money to buy a big expensive RO anybody have any tips on which way i should go i have 1000 taps need somthing to do atleast 3-400gpd

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    For 1000 taps and a 2x8 you would have to have a good sized RO to not drown in sap. I would recommend to buy as big RO as you can for your money. Deer Run Maple have good economical hobby RO's for the price.

    Another option would be to only process as much sap as you can and sell the rest to save up for a proper sized RO next season.
    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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    Also keep an eye out for used RO's on this site and Bascoms.
    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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    R.O. size will effect your finished syrup too, a small R.O. is going to require many passes and is going to tend to make darker syrup. A 2x8 is going to do 60 gph maybe 70 if you really get it going good, are your 1000 taps on vac? If so I would plan on 1500 Gallons a day. So if you buy a hobby R.O. that doubles sugar content your still boiling 10-11 hrs of you have 700 gallons of 4%, or maybe 5-6 hrs at 8%.

    To get an R.O. to get you to 8% is going to cost some dough no doubt but it will be worth every penny.

    Personally with that many taps I would want something that would get me to 16 or even 20% on 2 passes. But I work full time and can only boil at night, if you can sugar full time then maybe you have time to boil that much more.
    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.

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