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    Default 5/16 or 3/16 as main

    Question! Iím new to running lines this year. I wonít be running vacuums or mainline. I will be running either 5/16 or 3/16 lines on a gravity to a barrel. Just didnít know which would be best for this, and how many taps each line I would want to max out at. Any help would be great! Thanks!

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    I believe that it would mainly depend on the slope. With 3/16” and more than 10’ of elevation drop below the last tree you will create vacuum and from what I read, you then can have up to 25 or more taps per lateral. But if you have little or no slope 5/16” will carry more volume but I don’t think you’re supposed to have more than 7 or 8 taps per lateral and I read something about limiting the length of lateral.
    Last edited by minehart gap; 11-09-2017 at 09:31 PM.
    Minehart Gap Maple
    2018:finally (after 27 years) got access to my sugar bush, planning 300 taps on 3/16 gravity to test the waters, Used 2x6 raised flue sap pan & 2x2 syrup pan, 600 & 250 gal ss bulk tank, Homemade arch, and lots of homemade gadgets, 14x18 timber frame sugar shack from the 1800ís
    Before 2018: played around at home with 10 to 15 taps and 5 gal. pots

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