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    I use the draft inducer blower from an old high efficiency gas furnace... should be able to find one for free off junk furnace. I hooked it up with a dimmer switch and you can regulate the speed of the fan with the dimmer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djmocknh View Post
    That't interesting. I am interested in what other blowers people used. (obviously CPAP is an expensive blower unless you have one that dies) :-)
    Person? Or cpap? ;-)
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    if your rig is not very big. the blower on a clothes dryer looks promising

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    I agree with prarietapper, blower from a clothes dryer is the way to go. This is my second year using the one I got for free from my local appliance dealer out of a used clothes dryer. We love free stuff don't we!? It's very quiet and easy to regulate. I'll post some pictures soon of my set up.

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    i used a bathroom exhausht fan. piped right under my barrel stove wood grating. attached it to the barrel with a furnace boot like you would bring ductwork thru the floor of your house. then went from 6"-3" and attached the fan to it. easily kicked off if it starts to over boil or it has a rheostat attached to it. some motors are not meant for a variable speed but this one made it thru its first season. it seems to work better just plugged in tho. for whatever reason they have an internal plug in for the motor to the switch so i just plug it in there if i want full speed.

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    I use a 12 volt fan from a car . Wired to three switches using the resistor switch for the heater blower . With a homemade adaptor into my draft opening. Using it now for six years works great had to line my door with fire brick cause it turned it bright red lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenthumb View Post
    If you put one in it has to blow air up. I put a cage fan on my leader half pint smoky/ smoky lake full pint. I just hung it on the vent door. It just blows air past the fire and doesn’t make a difference. I Have not had time but need to make a tube that the fan blows in forcing the air up at the grate/fire
    You need to block off the front and bavk of your grates. This will force the air into the fire. If you put a duct and elbow, you will create a hot spot in the firebox.
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    I feed my air in (but it is high pressure) via a 4" galvanized 20 ga. piece of stove pipe from the back of the firebox. The pipe has a cap on the end which is about 6" from the feed door. In the pipe I have 3 rows of holes, 5/16" each spaced about 3" apart. One row is top center and the other 2 face towards outer edge of the grates. I have about 4.5" of the door end of the grate blocked off using a layer of half brick flat. I have no such block in the back. Being high pressure I only need to clear ash off it about every 20-25 hrs of use. If you do similar but use a squirrel cage blower you may want the holes slightly larger and may need to clear ash off daily.
    This works well for me.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 1000 for 2019?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
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    My first try at AUF. Boiling in flat pan on a stand, fire actually in ground. Got a big pile of coals that doesn't boil sap. Took a pieces of old exhaust pipe from my tractor and cut slots with 4" side grinder. Pushed that under the pile of coals. Put a vacuum cleaner back side blow duct taped to end of pipe. With only 6" sides was boiling over in 30 seconds. After I got the pile of coals burnt down and just feeding wood as needed has it boiling like crazy. Then built an arch. Then to SL pans. One thing leads to another,,,,,,,,,
    2012 200 taps on buckets,,, Built me a 2' X 11' arch,,, hope to put most on tubing next year.

    2011 100 taps on buckets, 30x 60 flat pan

    2009 63 taps on buckets,,,, 30x60 flat pan

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    Brace yourself, it never ends!
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 1000 for 2019?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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