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    I may go to tubing and some sort of mechanical vacuum or just natural vacuum next year. I need to really plot out how I plan to run lines, position tanks and be able to gather sap as it tends to be wet and stay wet all year. No there is no electric on this lot so solar will be incorporated or possibly a small windmill using an alternator to charge and maintain battery. . I want to gather up materials as time and money permit. I plan on building a 1 or 2 handed tubing tool but don't know what the OD if the 3/16 tubing is to make the jaws on the tool. I have 5/16 tubing that I will most likely save for something else as it seems that 3/16 is the way to go now. So, what say you that are using 3/16. What is the OD of the tubing.
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    2014 - roasting pan on 55 gallon barrel -1 gallon syrup 6 taps on buckets
    2015 - added blower to door -3 gallon syrup 10 taps on buckets
    2016 - 3 gallon syrup and 2 lbs. sugar 16 taps on buckets
    2017 - new Mason 2x3 w/AUF shooting for 20 to 30ish taps and more sugar
    2018 - did not boil
    2019 - Added RO, sudo 8x8 sugar shack, 72 taps
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."
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    I am not sure, but I think the exact O.D. on 3/16 tubing varies slightly from one manufacturer to the next. For the most part for me, 3/16 tubing slips very tightly into 5/16 tubing. So I would put the O.D. at roughly 5/16ths.
    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    2015: New to me Lapierre 18x60 raised flue, new shack, new everything!! 59 taps 23.75 gallons made
    2016: 85 taps 19 gallons
    2017: Purchased 2.5 acres and tubed half with 3/16. 145 taps total 49.25 gallons made
    2018: 200 taps (162 on 3/16ths 38 on buckets) New NextGen RO 63 gallons made
    2019: 210 taps 73.5 gallons made
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    Thank you. That gives me a starting point for a build.
    backyard hobbyist
    2014 - roasting pan on 55 gallon barrel -1 gallon syrup 6 taps on buckets
    2015 - added blower to door -3 gallon syrup 10 taps on buckets
    2016 - 3 gallon syrup and 2 lbs. sugar 16 taps on buckets
    2017 - new Mason 2x3 w/AUF shooting for 20 to 30ish taps and more sugar
    2018 - did not boil
    2019 - Added RO, sudo 8x8 sugar shack, 72 taps
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."
    https://www.saptapapps.com/map/31868...-aab748a6394e/

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    When I built my 3/16" tubing tool, I used 5/16" threaded couplers and drilled 5/16" drill bit about half way through then cut in half length ways.

    Just a tidbit that I heard before building mine, get good vice grips. You don't want to be in the middle of your woods with a broken tubing tool and sap running the next day.
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    Minehart Gap Maple

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    I have a single 5/16 tool, I took a 1 1/2"- well several, and sometimes have to make em in the woods- cut a 1 1/2" piece of 5/16,cut a slit end to end, slip it over the end of your 3/16 and clamp it in the tool- works great for anyone who needs to work 3/16 with a 5/16 tool that is.
    2011 15 jugs
    2017 125 Taps on 3/16
    2018 240 Taps on 3/16 12 bags
    2019 450 Taps on 3/16

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmbmkr View Post
    I have a single 5/16 tool, I took a 1 1/2"- well several, and sometimes have to make em in the woods- cut a 1 1/2" piece of 5/16,cut a slit end to end, slip it over the end of your 3/16 and clamp it in the tool- works great for anyone who needs to work 3/16 with a 5/16 tool that is.
    Yup, I just came back to this thread to say the same thing. I use my one handed 5/16 tool for 3/16 all the time.
    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    2015: New to me Lapierre 18x60 raised flue, new shack, new everything!! 59 taps 23.75 gallons made
    2016: 85 taps 19 gallons
    2017: Purchased 2.5 acres and tubed half with 3/16. 145 taps total 49.25 gallons made
    2018: 200 taps (162 on 3/16ths 38 on buckets) New NextGen RO 63 gallons made
    2019: 210 taps 73.5 gallons made
    www.wnybass.com

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    I guess I could build a universal tool to do both but I like one tool for one job. Thank you, I've seen some really nice builds on this site over the years and I have my own take that I will try.
    backyard hobbyist
    2014 - roasting pan on 55 gallon barrel -1 gallon syrup 6 taps on buckets
    2015 - added blower to door -3 gallon syrup 10 taps on buckets
    2016 - 3 gallon syrup and 2 lbs. sugar 16 taps on buckets
    2017 - new Mason 2x3 w/AUF shooting for 20 to 30ish taps and more sugar
    2018 - did not boil
    2019 - Added RO, sudo 8x8 sugar shack, 72 taps
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."
    https://www.saptapapps.com/map/31868...-aab748a6394e/

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    I just built mine for both sizesIMG_20161109_161524.jpg
    2018 217 Taps on vacuum
    Smokylake 2X6 pan set with auto drawoff
    Homebuilt 2 4x40 membrane RO
    Homebuilt filter press
    Rebuilt arch with under and over the fire air we have named V 2.0
    Smokylake steam bottler
    Hoods and preheater
    500 gallon vertical polytank to store sap for RO
    Adding a laser eye to my bottler for autofill/stop

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    On a side note I used 5/16" OD quick disconnect fittings for my 3/16" tubing into my vacuum. Works great so far. Now I can switch around or add lines more easier then barbed fittings
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