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    Nice job, it looks great!! How big is that head tank? Just wondering how much it will weigh? Hope you bolted right though the rafters....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aa2tn View Post
    Nice job, it looks great!! How big is that head tank? Just wondering how much it will weigh? Hope you bolted right though the rafters....
    100 gallon tank. Supported by 1" pipe attached to the walls and rafters with pipe flanges; four #14 screws/flange. Say 1,000 pounds? So that's 16 screws in shear, 62 pounds per screw; double that for safety to 124 pounds. #12 screws have a shear rating of 1,800 pounds (I couldn't find any for #14 size which is bigger) I think I'm good...?
    2016 - 2 x 4 Randy Worthen built arch and pans (just starting out!) 11 taps; 2.625 gallons of syrup!
    2017 - 29 taps; 11.625 gallons of syrup!
    2018 - 30 taps; 98 pints bottled! 2x4 Arch and pans sold! New sugar house being built, new equipment coming!

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    You should be good then. What brand of tank did you get and how much did it cost, if you don't mind me asking? I could use one like that or a little larger...
    maple enthusiast -
    2019 - 350 taps, new 18'x32' shack, SS sink & table.
    2018 - 295 taps new Leader MicRO single, new Leader 15 gal canner, made 55 gal.
    2017 - 270 taps new Sunrise JDL Extreme w/preheater AUF & new Leader 5 plate Plastic Filter Press, made 53 gal.
    2016 - 140 taps new Wes Fab short bank filter press, made 17 gal.
    2015 - 85 taps new Sunrise 2x4 spitfire, made 23 gal.
    2012 - 2014 Turkey Fryer , made 1 to 2 gallons / yr

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    It's a CDL 100 gallon tank. I got it at Bascom's last year at their open house. I think we paid $425 at the time...?
    2016 - 2 x 4 Randy Worthen built arch and pans (just starting out!) 11 taps; 2.625 gallons of syrup!
    2017 - 29 taps; 11.625 gallons of syrup!
    2018 - 30 taps; 98 pints bottled! 2x4 Arch and pans sold! New sugar house being built, new equipment coming!

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    Hey DMF, I know this is an old thread, but I am building now and will be doing something similar to what you did for a floor. It looks like you poured 1.5 inches of concrete. Have you had any cracking? Also, what strength (how many psi)was the concrete? Did you call a ready mix truck ou mix it on site? Sorry for all the questions.

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    By the way, your sugar house looks awesome. Mine is stick framed and won't look quite as nice.

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    Are you pouring a slab on a wooden floor like I did? I used plastic on the floor and foam along all the edges to allow the floor to "float"; expand and contract separately from the wood. I poured 3" of concrete and used wire mesh in the concrete. I had it poured by a local cement guy. I don't remember the strength of the mix. I do not have any cracks after one year (fingers crossed).
    2016 - 2 x 4 Randy Worthen built arch and pans (just starting out!) 11 taps; 2.625 gallons of syrup!
    2017 - 29 taps; 11.625 gallons of syrup!
    2018 - 30 taps; 98 pints bottled! 2x4 Arch and pans sold! New sugar house being built, new equipment coming!

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    Thanks for the reply. Yes, will be poured on a wood deck. Maybe 3 inches of concrete would be better and less likely to crack. Did you cut strips of foam for along the edges? I'm thinking about water on the slab. How did you seal the edges?

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    Yes we used foam on the edges. I did not seal the edges.
    2016 - 2 x 4 Randy Worthen built arch and pans (just starting out!) 11 taps; 2.625 gallons of syrup!
    2017 - 29 taps; 11.625 gallons of syrup!
    2018 - 30 taps; 98 pints bottled! 2x4 Arch and pans sold! New sugar house being built, new equipment coming!

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