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    Thanks for showing me your RO the other day. Mine is about ready to go but I fear leaky fittings.
    Happy to show you around the mine field. Its a fun little setup I have.

    Close off permeate and concentrate lines and run without membranes... this should show you the leaks if they exist. Start with needles open, purge air/prime, and then slowly clamp outputs down while eyeing pressures. If you have leaks, you will see them.

    I've got a few extra fittings lying around if anything needs replacing. I rummaged through my "bits drawer" and found all sorts of stuff I forgot I had. I tend to buy extra quantity knowing I will break things.

    I did thaw out my hose and fire up the power washer the other day to clean my IBC and barrels. I think I'm officially ready to go, and I'm getting antsy.

    My daughter tells me she wants to go up north to ski. My sources also tell me the snowpack is finally enjoyable. I may take a day next week to oblige.

    We managed to get my son out of the house for a walk down to the mailbox yesterday. He's recovering well. Still on a feed tube, but doing well. One day at a time. The Docs were happy with the pathology reports, so I'm happy.
    2021 - 77 taps on shurflo 4008. Sap Sucker 4-D. Mason 2x4 XL, 4x150 RO.
    2020 - 70ish taps on shurflo 4008, 10 taps on buckets. Mason 2x4 XL. DIY R.O. ~24 gallons of syrup.
    2019 - First Season with a Late Start. 10 taps on buckets, block arch and 2.5 gallons of syrup.
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    Bryan, If you don't mind me asking what is your son's name, I would like to include him in my nightly prayers.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 gal syrup
    2021 - going for 50 bags and 50 on tubing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pdiamond View Post
    Bryan, If you don't mind me asking what is your son's name, I would like to include him in my nightly prayers.
    His name is Boden, but we call him Bode, which is pronounced Bodie as in the skier Bode Miller, with whom he shares some mannerisms...
    His sister is Anabel, and they are very close. So, if you are praying for him, if you don't mind adding one for her that would be super.

    Thank you!

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    Last edited by bryankloos; Yesterday at 08:44 AM.
    2021 - 77 taps on shurflo 4008. Sap Sucker 4-D. Mason 2x4 XL, 4x150 RO.
    2020 - 70ish taps on shurflo 4008, 10 taps on buckets. Mason 2x4 XL. DIY R.O. ~24 gallons of syrup.
    2019 - First Season with a Late Start. 10 taps on buckets, block arch and 2.5 gallons of syrup.
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    Trout Brook Valley
    Weston, CT

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    Bryan - Bode looks like a trooper! I will include Bode and Anabel in my prayers.
    2017 - 20ish taps on buckets, boiling outside in two baking pans
    2018 - 70+ taps, 14-buckets, 50+ on tubing, homemade arch from oil tank in my barn, 17 gal syrup
    2019 - same set up, 20 gal syrup
    2020 - less taps, short season, but RO kit was fantastic! 6 gal syrup and a maple cat!
    2021 - planning on expanding to 50 taps on buckets and 40 taps on tubing - goal = 10 gal of syrup

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    I have some metal roofing that will soon be on Craigslist.

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    2019 LNG fired pot, 20 taps on 3/16, 10 buckets, gave it up after 3 gal.
    2020 New Mason 2x4 XL; 30 taps on 3/16

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    Got it covered. By the way the pictures are great. Thank You.
    Last edited by Pdiamond; Yesterday at 10:30 PM.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 gal syrup
    2021 - going for 50 bags and 50 on tubing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
    I have some metal roofing that will soon be on Craigslist.

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    How much roofing do you have? I need to go figure out how much area I've got. rough guess, without going out to measure, maybe a 15 X 15 barn? I could be off.
    2017 - 20ish taps on buckets, boiling outside in two baking pans
    2018 - 70+ taps, 14-buckets, 50+ on tubing, homemade arch from oil tank in my barn, 17 gal syrup
    2019 - same set up, 20 gal syrup
    2020 - less taps, short season, but RO kit was fantastic! 6 gal syrup and a maple cat!
    2021 - planning on expanding to 50 taps on buckets and 40 taps on tubing - goal = 10 gal of syrup

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