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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    We used one the last 2 years for filtering and bottling with a small inexpensive shop vac. We are able to get 2 gallons before plugging the pre-filter, but with filter aid are getting over twice that amount. The filter aid makes a huge difference in quantity and quality.

    We preheat it with hot water. There is a space between the bottom of the holding tank and the main unit which allows you to put it on a burner to keep up temperature while bottling.
    Ross, thanks. Iíd like to learn more about how you preheat with water, and about the space between the bottom of the holding tank and main unit. Do you add water in that space and heat over the burner? I canít see the detail in that in the online documentation for the product.
    2021 is season 6.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons on a borrowed 2x3.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with new neighbors. First time tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre 2x5. Made 17 gallons, sold 5.
    2019: 100 taps. 22 gallons. Added a small RO 50 gph.
    2020: 145 taps, 30 gallons, sold half. Murphy cup is a great addition.
    2021: tapped Feb 23, 150 taps. Aiming for 35 gallons. refractometer.

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    Jdirckson - I looked at the Smokey Lake vacuum ďapplicatorĒ unit and spoke with them about it. Itís made to work with their own 16x16 steam tray system, but they said it wouldnít work with my 16x16 Leader system because the dimensions would have to be pretty exact to maintain pressure. Iíll probably give Leased a call about it.
    2021 is season 6.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons on a borrowed 2x3.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with new neighbors. First time tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre 2x5. Made 17 gallons, sold 5.
    2019: 100 taps. 22 gallons. Added a small RO 50 gph.
    2020: 145 taps, 30 gallons, sold half. Murphy cup is a great addition.
    2021: tapped Feb 23, 150 taps. Aiming for 35 gallons. refractometer.

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    Thanks Dr Tim. Makes sense, and I hadnít thought of that risk.
    2021 is season 6.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons on a borrowed 2x3.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with new neighbors. First time tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre 2x5. Made 17 gallons, sold 5.
    2019: 100 taps. 22 gallons. Added a small RO 50 gph.
    2020: 145 taps, 30 gallons, sold half. Murphy cup is a great addition.
    2021: tapped Feb 23, 150 taps. Aiming for 35 gallons. refractometer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgormley358 View Post
    Ross, thanks. Iíd like to learn more about how you preheat with water, and about the space between the bottom of the holding tank and main unit. Do you add water in that space and heat over the burner? I canít see the detail in that in the online documentation for the product.
    We just fill up the tank with hot water and let it sit a while then drain it right before filtering the syrup. It helps keep the syrup up to temperature while bottling. We bottle right from the unit after filtering.

    There is no extra tank on the bottom, just dead air space so the bottom of the unit is not sitting right on the burner. Hope that makes sense.
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