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    For those running oil fired rigs

    I've been researching oil fired evaporators as an option for the next season. Cost of producing the BTUs needed is a concern. I've read that home heating oil and #2 diesel have the same BTUs and...
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    I'm hoping to be able to get 500-700 gallons of...

    I'm hoping to be able to get 500-700 gallons of sap to 15-20% in 1-2 hours.
  3. 2x8 oil fired raised flue boil rates

    Does anyone know what the boiling rates are for a 2x8 evaporator with 3' syrup/5' raised flue vs 2' syrup/6' raised flue pans would be?
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    8" RO concentrate first pass?

    What does a single post 8"x40" RO concentrate to in reality, not advertized?

    Anyone have a brand preference? If so, why?
  5. I'm strongly considering changing my arch from...

    I'm strongly considering changing my arch from wood to a reverse fired oil unit. I would like to have short boils because of the oil, but want a deep rich maple color and flavor. I only will have 500...
  6. I use the pump canaanmaple referenced above as my...

    I use the pump canaanmaple referenced above as my 2 post 4x40 with the procon 330 requires 30 psi. It works fine as a feed pump for the procon. I pump from my bulk tank through a 5 micron 4x10"...
  7. I'm sure putting it in a separate building or...

    I'm sure putting it in a separate building or outside the building is nice, and I have my Gast 2567 on the other side of the wall from the sugar shack but it is noisy. I'm looking for something you...
  8. At what brix do you consider changing syrup pan size

    I have a 2x8 evaporator with 2' syrup pan and 6' drop flu. If I want to RO to a high brix, when should I consider going to a longer syrup pan and shorter flu pan? Is there a point in which you will...
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    Windy, I'd also like to hear how your conversion...

    Windy, I'd also like to hear how your conversion turned out and what your boil rate is like with the Carlin 201? I'm strongly considering converting my arch and getting different pans or selling my...
  10. I put an airtight door on my evaporator. Mine is...

    I put an airtight door on my evaporator. Mine is a single door on a rectangular arch front. The door is 3" deep and overlaps the opening on the front of the arch. I put ceramic insulation blanket...
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    Thank you for the replies. My bounce house blower...

    Thank you for the replies. My bounce house blower is loud and a normal conversation cannot be had without really raising your voice.

    Mead Maple; currently I'm boiling 50-60 gph with my 2x8 but...
  12. Looking for a quiet high vacuum pump

    I'm starting to look for a quiet running vacuum pump that will pull 28" Hg or better. I will only have up to 750 taps max but don't care for the noise of my Gast 2567. Suggestions.
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    How loud is an oil fired evaporator

    The question is posed above. Currently, I have a 2x8 drop flue evaporator sitting on a homemade arch that has AUF/AOF supplied by a 1 HP bounce house blower that is in a box in an encloses back...
  14. What does the aeration do for the sap? Sorry if...

    What does the aeration do for the sap? Sorry if it's a dumb question.
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    Problem solved! Took the membranes out of the...

    Problem solved! Took the membranes out of the housing and found that I had rolled an O-ring in the bottom cap of one of the canisters. Fixed that. I was able to totally clean up the permeate, zero...
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    The concentrate flows on the outside of the...

    The concentrate flows on the outside of the membranes. The permeate on the inside. The plumbing goes from the procon pump high pressure to the outside of the one membrane then to the next membrane,...
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    I grew up in Edgerton. Golfed Slayton many times...

    I grew up in Edgerton. Golfed Slayton many times in my youth. Have family in Fulda, close to Avoca. Where in SD are you now SDDave?
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    Leaking Sugar, HELP!

    Tonight I had 400 gallons of 2.4% brix sap. I just built a two post, 4x40 membrane build. The membranes are from a well known membrane supplier to the maple industry. Last week I ran 200 gallons of...
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    Oil fired arch advice

    My sugarbush is growing from 300 taps on high vacuum to 500 taps next spring. I built a 2 post 4x40 RO to help with boiling; however, my wife and I are wanting to move away from wood. Currently I...
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    Sap flow was really low here in Esko today, even...

    Sap flow was really low here in Esko today, even with vacuum. I'm strongly considering shutting off the vacuum until the weather cools down and the trees recharge.
  21. I use mild steel 3/16" thick, welded some regular...

    I use mild steel 3/16" thick, welded some regular nuts on the door then cut and screwed some threaded rod into the nuts. I then put 4" of insulation blanket on the door and used stainless fender...
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    Sure would be nice

    Sure would be nice of the Minnesota tappers would include a little more information in their location other than "Minnesota". I grew up in SW Minnesota but live in NE Minnesota. I think it would be...
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    Planning to sink taps this morning when I get off...

    Planning to sink taps this morning when I get off work in Esko. This year has snuck up on me. Thought I was going to get another week or two to get tanks cleaned out, RO build finished, and vacuum...
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    Do you have an approximate idea on how much your...

    Do you have an approximate idea on how much your build will cost?
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    I used this switch on my RO build. ...

    I used this switch on my RO build.
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