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    Quote Originally Posted by Pdiamond View Post
    I have the 50gallon head tank from Smoky Lake that I use for my 2 x 4 evaporator. Are you planning on having some type of head tank to feed the 2 x 6, because it is going to boil close to 70 gallons per hour when you keep the fire on it.
    Yes, I will have a head tank to feed the 2X6 Silverplate. The plan is to go into the sugarbush with a collecting crew and my tractor with an IBC tote on the FEL and two IBC totes on a trailer and bring back what's available.The tote on the FEL will be swapped out for a tote on the 3/16" gravity line. The totes will be emptied into the head tank as needed.

    What size head tank?
    Last edited by OrangeAgain; 09-12-2022 at 10:34 PM.
    2023 - Increase taps up to 500. 400 on Sap Saks + 100 on 3/16"
    2022 - 295 Sap Sak taps - Sold sap. Building temporary sugarhouse + Smoky Lake Maple
    wood-fired, AOF, raised-flue Silverplate on order
    2017-2021 - Didn't tap.
    2016 - 150 Sap Sak taps - Sold sap.

    https://www.larrybohenwebsolutions.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAgain View Post
    Here's links to a video and photos.

    Video - At one point I am pointing to the entrance to our lower sugarbush which I tapped 2022. The upper sugarbush is further into our forest and has enough elevation change to install a 3/16" gravity line into an IBC tote.

    foundation photo

    14-Leg High-Peak Frame Kit
    These links don’t work for me.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    2022 added a used RB25 RO Bucket
    250 mostly Sugar Maples, 15% Soft Maples. Currently,(110on 3/16" and 125 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 15 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAP View Post
    These links don’t work for me.
    Try this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/B7ukytBcSFkkLsCv5
    2023 - Increase taps up to 500. 400 on Sap Saks + 100 on 3/16"
    2022 - 295 Sap Sak taps - Sold sap. Building temporary sugarhouse + Smoky Lake Maple
    wood-fired, AOF, raised-flue Silverplate on order
    2017-2021 - Didn't tap.
    2016 - 150 Sap Sak taps - Sold sap.

    https://www.larrybohenwebsolutions.com

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    My plan is to use slab wood, primarily softwood, in the evaporator. I'll get the slab wood delivered. Although I've got plenty of softwoods in our forest, I don't foresee having the time or energy to get enough.
    2023 - Increase taps up to 500. 400 on Sap Saks + 100 on 3/16"
    2022 - 295 Sap Sak taps - Sold sap. Building temporary sugarhouse + Smoky Lake Maple
    wood-fired, AOF, raised-flue Silverplate on order
    2017-2021 - Didn't tap.
    2016 - 150 Sap Sak taps - Sold sap.

    https://www.larrybohenwebsolutions.com

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    The photos really help make sense of what you have to do. the outside walls were concrete, and the floor was dirt.
    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 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

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    With the tank I have from Smoky Lake it has a float switch mounted on it so when the sap gets down to a certain point it refills the head tank from the outside bulk tank. This coming year I will have a 400 gallon outside stainless steel tank for my bulk storage. There is a submersible pump that I use that plugs into the float switch.
    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 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

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