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    Default How to Secure Evaporator Smokestack

    This season my evaporator will be mostly under a pipe-frame / tarp covered enclosure. The end with the stainless steel 10" stack pipe will be just outside the pipe-frame. The height of the stack pipe will be about 12' capped with a stack topper.

    Is each section of the smokestack screwed to the connecting section?

    What's the best way to secure the smokestack. Guide wires? Concentric Spacer Fins? ...?
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    Yep - each section of smokestack gets screwed to the connecting section.

    I have seen some folks use 2-3 guidewires anchored down to a hunk of concrete or other convenient immovable object(s). The stovepipe generally wants to stay put. You need to keep it from crashing down in a breeze, etc.

    I'd like to hear what other clever ideas people have used to solve this.

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    My first year I had a vendor's type tent over my evaporator. I ran the stack at about a 20-25 degree slant so it was outside the tent area. I had each section of stack screwed to the next lower section and I then used 2 @1/2" emt tubes which were anchored to a deck railing and attached to the stack in an inverted V shape to support the stack. I only did that 1 season and I then built my sugarhouse before the next season.
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    I just found a Smoky Lake Maple video titled Backyard Evaporator Set Up - Stack Pipe and Guy Support. Very informative.
    2023 - 2' X 6' Smoky Lake Products "Silverplate" evaporator + Increase taps up to 500
    2022 - 295 Sap Sak taps - Sold sap.
    2017-2021 - Didn't tap.
    2016 - 150 Sap Sak taps - Sold sap.

    https://www.larrybohenwebsolutions.com

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