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    Default Is there a book on running tubing?

    I know it may sound like an odd question, but are there any books out there to help out a complete novice when it comes to running tubing? Running taps/bags now but would like to be able to transition part of my sugar bush maybe for 2021. Any input is greatly appreciated!!

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    Mike

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    Thanks Mike!! That should get me cranking 👍🏼

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    I did learn quite a bit from the book at the time I bought it as I was a super newbie to sugaring back in 2012.
    Some of the literature might be a little outdated in this book. It was released in 2006 I believe.
    Just search the tubing category on this forum for information. I’ve learned so much from mapletrader
    Mike

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    When we first started I found it difficult to get info like this, so we posted some simple installation videos on our Facebook page to help other beginners. There are many ways to run tubing, but I posted what works well for me. Mt FB page is NorthwoodsNectar, hope this helps, Steve.

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    When I went to my local maple tubing dealer to purchase the parts and pipe for my first tubing set up, he offered to come visit my woods at no charge to offer some instructions and suggestions. He provided me with some very valuable hints about the locations of main lines, laterals and remote tanks. There has to be a local sugar maker in your area who would gladly come visit your woods.

    What I would consider my best input for you is to install only 1" main lines whether you plan on gravity tubing and mainlines or vacuum.

    Joe
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    New version (3rd edition) of the North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual is in the works right now. Should be out fall of 2021.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post
    When I went to my local maple tubing dealer to purchase the parts and pipe for my first tubing set up, he offered to come visit my woods at no charge to offer some instructions and suggestions. He provided me with some very valuable hints about the locations of main lines, laterals and remote tanks. There has to be a local sugar maker in your area who would gladly come visit your woods.
    If you're just starting out, there is nothing quite as good as first seeing a GOOD installation and walking with the person who installed it to ask questions.


    What I would consider my best input for you is to install only 1" main lines whether you plan on gravity tubing and mainlines or vacuum.
    Assuming this isn't just a really small installation, I completely agree with this approach. Standardizing on one common size will help immensely in maintaining the system over time. Forget about 1/2" pipe (too small) unless you're on gravity and will never expand. Very hard to get good fittings (especially saddles). 3/4" is also on the small size. 1" is a good, all-around size for many operations.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
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