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    Default Food grade transfer pumps

    Hey all,

    Looking for a good food grade transfer pump. Most of what I have found is either small and low flow like shurflo or brewing pumps. The large ones are hard to find and usually quite expensive.

    The best one I have found is 7gpm and listed food grade, normally used in brew applications
    https://www.amazon.com/Blichmann-Eng...ew+pump&sr=8-7

    I would love to get into the 10-15 gpm range without breaking the bank. Anyone have any suggestions?
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    seaflow started making food grade submersible but only about 1/2 the gpm you wanted. they do make a 5.5 diaphragm pump similar to your shurflo. Not many strive for food grade equipment and pumps. I do as well and hope to find the same thing you are. are you looking for 120v or 12v in the bush?
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    I have 110 in my sap shack that houses the sap tank and shurflo pumps.
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    2020 - 210 taps 3/16 shurflo, upgraded hp pump on RO - 66 gallons
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 dolly RO - 73 gallons
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

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    I too am looking for a small pump, been leaning towards Surflow. I have a 35 gallon leg tank for collecting sap, then pump to storage at the shack. Maybe 200 taps tops.

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    Looking for 12v so I can just plug into my 4wheeler

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    2013 15 Homemade Taps, Milk Jugs, Turkey Fryer, 3 Gallons Syrup
    2014 Finishing my college degree, looked longingly at the Maples all spring
    2015 26 1/2 Real taps, Milk Jugs, Homemade 20x25 pan on propane, 5+ Gallons Syrup
    2016 50 Taps, Milk Jugs, Homemade 25x48 pan on propane block arch, 8 1/2 Gallons Syrup
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    I’ve been looking around for quite sometime for an affordable food grade pump that will push ~10 GPM. March makes a pump that will do around 8 GPM. And there are the Chugger pumps as well. Chugger has a “run dry” food grade pump that I might try out this year.

    https://shop.theelectricbrewery.com/...ns/pumps-parts

    Seems once you get above 8 GPM, prices increase substantial. There are pumps with stainless housings, such as Simmers, but I’m not sure if their impellers are food grade.

    Now if somebody could make WX15 with a stainless house / impeller similar to these - https://www.barrplastics.com/gas-pow...l#.XhOhdspyaf3
    - they would sell a few.
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    This type of 12 volt pump could be used for sap transfer.
    https://www.nationalsupplydirect.com...RoCPUMQAvD_BwE
    That will pump 33 gpm which is pretty good.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    The rule bilge pumps have an ABS housing. ABS plastics generally aren't considered food safe as they tend to have trace amounts of lead and other heavy metal contamination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbhansen View Post
    I’ve been looking around for quite sometime for an affordable food grade pump that will push ~10 GPM. March makes a pump that will do around 8 GPM. And there are the Chugger pumps as well. Chugger has a “run dry” food grade pump that I might try out this year.

    https://shop.theelectricbrewery.com/...ns/pumps-parts

    Seems once you get above 8 GPM, prices increase substantial. There are pumps with stainless housings, such as Simmers, but I’m not sure if their impellers are food grade.

    Now if somebody could make WX15 with a stainless house / impeller similar to these - https://www.barrplastics.com/gas-pow...l#.XhOhdspyaf3
    - they would sell a few.
    I may go for one of those brew pumps this year. I'd like to double the speed of my Surflow (3.5 gpm), which has worked great for many years now, just is slow. I have AC power on my truck, so going electric. I'll use the Surflow to fill the head tank, where speed doesn't matter as much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjadamec View Post
    The rule bilge pumps have an ABS housing. ABS plastics generally aren't considered food safe as they tend to have trace amounts of lead and other heavy metal contamination.
    Contact time being a factor too. How has the lead test results looked on your syrup?
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

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