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  1. #1
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    Default RO Bucket

    Looking for owners reviews on the ro bucket .

    Looking at gettng one for next season !

    Thanks
    2018. First year 50 taps made 21 litres
    2019. 78 taps - 38 litres
    2020. 105 taps - 74 litres

    18x36 Thor hobby evaporator
    8x12 Sugar Shack

  2. #2
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    We purchased the R 10 kit this year. Couldn't be more pleased with the performance. Easy to assemble. Excellent instructions. Support is top notch. Would highly recommend.

  3. #3
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    You will love it once you get used to it. The best thing that I did not expect is when you are flushing at the end you have rinse water to clean up in shed. You will be saving time and fuel.
    2020 same
    2019 RB10 26 taps
    2018 RO Bucket RB5 taps 20, leg tank in shed w/2 5/16
    2017 18 taps
    2016 20 taps
    2015 21 taps
    2014 30 2 gravity line, 2 hotel pan concrete arch 35 g leg tank
    2013 LP hook up in shack buckets 12 taps
    2 burner cook top 2012 finisher on a bbq tanks
    2011 rookie 2+ gal
    8 taps w/ milk jugs
    turkey cooker
    50-60 up back maybe

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    I bought the rb20 kit before I tapped my first tree. I can't imagine not having it. Especially since I use alot of water keeping the shack clean. That permeate water is crucial
    2020 first season ever, wife to be said she wanted to give out maple syrup @ upcoming wedding. I get carried away easy.
    100 taps on 3/16. 30 buckets. 12x20 sugar shack. 3x4 flat pan on barrel arch. Rb 20 kit RO. Tapping in iron county Michigan.

  5. #5
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    Like Northbound1, I bought the RB20 kit. Best $ I've spent on my operation. Easy to run and maintain and saved me an absolutely huge amount of time and firewood. And yes, the permeate water for cleanup is incredibly useful.

    I did some non-conventional ways of wiring mine up so I can fire it up with my phone...I should write up how I did that; others might find it useful.
    42.82N
    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.
    2020 - 4x400 RO - RB20 (uh-oh!)

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    I love to see pictures of how your set up if working within a small space? my shack is duel purpose and serves as a shed 10 months a year. I am not sure I would have room for a tank to house the water that is separated. If I was going to do it I would by the 20 as the other appear to be to small.
    110 taps W.F Mason 2x3 and two turkey friers for finishing

    2011 expanding to a Mason 2x4 with a blower increasing taps to about 200
    2011 Hurricane Irene rips thru my small sugar bush cost me to lose 20% of taps
    2014 I have reworked my lines for 2014
    32 taps on 5/16 line with check valves
    57 taps on 3/16 line with check valves
    55 buckets with total tapped trees of 144

  7. #7
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    For my rb10 I need 10 gallon of permeate for a flush. I use a 40 gallon pickle barrel. This way you extra to use if not used for a couple of days without new sap.
    Read at his site the manual for use. You could use well water without chlorine in basement.
    I figured that I needed 15 gallons of sap for a minimum. 10g permeate with 5g concentrate for a slow day, usually 20 or more to make it worthwhile to start a fire. Concentrate needs to be boiled soon. I had a couple of small batches at the end that blend together as near. Being small I could do that, you will have different volumes.
    Last edited by to100; 04-14-2020 at 07:51 PM.
    2020 same
    2019 RB10 26 taps
    2018 RO Bucket RB5 taps 20, leg tank in shed w/2 5/16
    2017 18 taps
    2016 20 taps
    2015 21 taps
    2014 30 2 gravity line, 2 hotel pan concrete arch 35 g leg tank
    2013 LP hook up in shack buckets 12 taps
    2 burner cook top 2012 finisher on a bbq tanks
    2011 rookie 2+ gal
    8 taps w/ milk jugs
    turkey cooker
    50-60 up back maybe

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