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    Default Poor man's vacuum

    Recently purchased a 12v marine diaphragm pump from Amazon for 16 bucks. I hooked it up to my 5/16 tubing and it dumps directly into my 55 gallon barrel. So far it works great.
    2008- 30 taps evaporator-Turkey fryer in the driveway.

    2009- 50 taps evaporator- concrete block with stock pot.

    2010- 100 taps, oil tank arch with a 2x4 Mason evaporator.

    2011- 78 taps mostly gravity tubing, some buckets

    http://s951.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Evaporator/

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    That's great to hear.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    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
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    Interesting.. What's the flow rating on the pump?
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    2019 -27 trees 31 taps. ~725 Liters sap collected. Syrup count: 22.2 liters of syrup.
    2018 -19 Trees 20 taps. ~750 Liters sap collected (~50 spoiled ). Syrup count -18 liters syrup
    2017 -4 trees 4 taps. ~60 liters sap, 1.5 liter syrup

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    Do you have a vacuum gauge on the line. It would interesting to know how much vacuum you're getting.
    shrunken producer, from 8,000 taps to 4,000 to 5800 to 9500 to 11,000 vac
    5x16 woodchip fired evaporator with 5x10 max flue and 5x6 revolution front pan
    CDL 3600 RO
    Double 10"filterpress

    sp-11, bb2, airtech L63, L160, L230 vac pumps
    CDL low profile electric releaser
    MES 8000 electric releaser
    CDL 4000 tap mechanical releaser

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    That is the pump that I have and I did run it for a day with the lines slowing running and it didn't seam to bother it wasn't even warm when I shut it off. Then when I heard about the recirculating line I put one on it so it is always drawing liquid through the pump. That evening when I went and collected the sap had almost stopped running so I decided to leave the pump out over night to see what it would produce overnight. The two lines with the pump on it had more than double what the other 4 lines produced and with the recirculating line you don't have to worry about the line freezing. There are others on here with way more experience than me this is where I got the idea. The pump is quiet and works great.
    Sapman

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    I tried one, I hooked it up with a re circulation line and powered it with an old lap top power supply. Works great, I ordered another one to add to a second line.
    2018 25 taps, two turkey fryers, 4 gallons
    2019 75 taps, Mason 2'x4, XL, 10'x12' shack
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    that's what I done
    Sapman

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    Quote Originally Posted by buxtonboiler View Post
    Recently purchased a 12v marine diaphragm pump from Amazon for 16 bucks. I hooked it up to my 5/16 tubing and it dumps directly into my 55 gallon barrel. So far it works great.
    Which pump? Could you post a link? Thanks

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    Well I tried one today on two of my 3/16 lines wow what a difference and its not even a good day for running can't wait to see what it does on a good day.

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    Sounds interesting. Would you have a link to the pump to share. How many taps and length of tubing is it handleing?

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