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    Default Cleaning 3/16ths lines after the season

    Our friend Art Kreuger in Shrewsbury, Vt. spent a lot of time this summer experimenting with the best ways to clean his 3/16ths tubing. For you 3/16ths folks, keeping lines clean is very important to get the same production in years two and three and beyond as you did in year one.

    Here's the video of Art sharing his thoughts on the matter:

    https://www.themaplenews.com/video/o...6ths-lines/63/
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    Great video, thanks Peter. I will watch it a few times, and take notes as I do.
    Dave Klish about 400 taps, down from much more. Will hold about the same for 2021
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    Agreed! Thanks for posting it here.

    I will definitely be using the pool shock ( calcium hypochlorite) rather than regular bleach for my tubing sanitizer after this season.
    Adam

    2016: 6 Taps and a propane turkey fryer
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    Thank you. I have learned a lot about 3/16 tubing in the past year. Changing my ways, now, and still learning. Eventhough my maple thing is a small hobby, I still want to do things the best way possible and make the best syrup possible.
    2016 - helped at afriend with a small operation, 300+ taps. = hooked
    2017 - 20 taps @ home, 1 gal @ home on propane, then hauled to friends operation
    Bought a whole shack locally, with a Leader 1/2 Pint, moved it home
    2018 - 50 taps, 9 on 3/16 gravity and 41 pails -14 gallons of good sweet stuff
    2019 - 27 taps, 17 on 3/16 gravity and 10 on pails - 12-3/4 gallons of good sweet stuff (most fun I've had with this hobby)

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    Hmmm something to think about. I used food grade Hydrogen peroxide last year after season. Dr. Tim, if you view this thread, what do you think of this method? I was also wondering if we should flush lines just before tapping with a solution like this?

    what are all the other 3/16th users doing.
    125-150 taps
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    Modified half pint arch
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    All 3/16 tubing
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    I have never heard of those wash bottles, and have already ordered a couple.
    Noel Good
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    I ordered 3, 2 to use, one as a spare.
    Dave Klish about 400 taps, down from much more. Will hold about the same for 2021
    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
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    I've been using this sprayer to clean my 3/16 lines. Adjusted just right - it shoots at stream about 1-2 feet and the nozzle fits up tight into the 3/16 drop. A few pumps and it will send solution right on down the line. I use a diluted IPA solution - just like they do in Canada - my lines sparkle. ;)


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    It is illegal to use alcohol in the US, Canada is allowed to use it.
    Dave Klish about 400 taps, down from much more. Will hold about the same for 2021
    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
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    JohnAllin,
    How many seasons have you been using this method, and have you noticed the drop off in sap production after year 1 that many report with 3/16ths.

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