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    Default Float activated gas pump

    Here’s my situation;

    I have a remote section of trees 800-1000 taps (no hydro) at the bottom of a gully. My idea is to have a electric start gas engine that will be wired to a float switch to turn on once the tank if full to pump the sap up to the landing where I can access it with a truck.

    In my head it sounds like a good idea I am just wondering if anyone has done something similar my concerns are getting it to start when cold.
    3x10 oil fired evaporator
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    I haven't done that, but my suggestion is to run a drain line from just after the pump back into the suction line and have the pump set at least a foot above the bottom of the tank you are pumping from. That should prevent the pump from freezing and not turning over when the tank is full because it still has some ice in the pump housing. That drain could be just a 5/16 line to drain back.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, downsized after I lost my help, about 450-500 planned for 2021 (and after?)
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    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
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    I also suggest you look into a propane fired engine, far more dependable than gasoline. (No I do not own stock in any propane company).
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, downsized after I lost my help, about 450-500 planned for 2021 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerMcT View Post
    Here’s my situation;

    I have a remote section of trees 800-1000 taps (no hydro) at the bottom of a gully. My idea is to have a electric start gas engine that will be wired to a float switch to turn on once the tank if full to pump the sap up to the landing where I can access it with a truck.

    In my head it sounds like a good idea I am just wondering if anyone has done something similar my concerns are getting it to start when cold.
    I’m in a similar situation here did you end up making this work?
    2011 55gallon drum evaporator 25 buckets;2012 shanty, and 2 1/2x8 evaporator, 200 buckets;2013 400 buckets; 2014 752 buckets 250gph RO, filter press;2015 1000 taps on line ; 2016 sold equipment, sold sap; 2017 sold sap; 2018 logged woods, added another sugar bush, 250 taps on high vac, 2x6 leader with max flu, new MES dolly 300, made 138 gal syrup; 2019 new CDL 600 expandable, new Wes filter press , bigger generator, 500 taps made 110 gal syrup; 2020 800 taps new vacuum pump.

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