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  1. Seems like it should be. 3hp pump would be 10ish...

    Seems like it should be. 3hp pump would be 10ish amps. 1hp max for the releaser should be around 4 amps. I would think you could find a small vacuum pump that would run on the remaining 12 amps....
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    I bought my micro 2 midway through the season...

    I bought my micro 2 midway through the season this year and was happy with it for the money. Your numbers look about right for splitting sap into equal parts permeate and concentrate. You can push...
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    15 years? Seems like it'd be closer to 45...

    15 years? Seems like it'd be closer to 45...
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    My offer from your other thread still stands. Got...

    My offer from your other thread still stands. Got all the plumbing bits here to get you going, I'm sure.
  5. I'm not gonna take the time to draw that up, but...

    I'm not gonna take the time to draw that up, but here's another option. I'm about 60 miles south of luck. You're welcome to drive down here and check out my setup firsthand. I'm gonna be retubing my...
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    My understanding is that the 12v motors last...

    My understanding is that the 12v motors last longer, like 2-4x as long. I remember reading that from someone who had emailed shurflo, or something like that. The wet side of the pump should have no...
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    I heard a trick recently for bottling small...

    I heard a trick recently for bottling small batches. Haven't tried it, but if was just bottling up a gallon or two, I would give it a shot. Drumroll please....


    The microwave. You can heat syrup...
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    The diaphragms in these pumps will pull a deeper...

    The diaphragms in these pumps will pull a deeper vacuum when they are wet with sap than when they're pumping air. If you don't use a recirculation line, during some conditions you'll see the pump...
  9. Over vanilla ice cream, in tea or...

    Over vanilla ice cream, in tea or coffee(particularly after lunch), and in yogurt but usually with an orange cut up in there as well.
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    I don't have a battery pole saw, but the...

    I don't have a battery pole saw, but the milwaukee 18 volt chainsaw I just got is pretty slick. Not a replacement for a hot 2-stroke, but it's a great tool. Their string trimmer is also super slick....
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    I didn't see how many were available, but I did...

    I didn't see how many were available, but I did notice that Bascom's has them listed under the used category.
  12. You can really do it in a number of ways. Big...

    You can really do it in a number of ways. Big question off the bat is if you want to run a vacuum pump. Even a little $60 shurflo will make a huge difference in sap volume, but it will work best if...
  13. As long as it keeps going down hill it should be...

    As long as it keeps going down hill it should be fine to just keep it in 3/16. Certainly simpler. Only reason I'd consider joining them into a mainline is if the slope becomes much more gradual...
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    Anyone who files a schedule F should check out a...

    Anyone who files a schedule F should check out a PPP loan.
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    Boiling the bark with sugar is how I've always...

    Boiling the bark with sugar is how I've always heard it's made. A quick googling seems to confirm. It's not so much a natural sweetener as a flavored simple syrup.
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    My experience is that the front channel is cooler...

    My experience is that the front channel is cooler in general, and in particular it's sensitive to the doors being opened and closed when loading wood. For whatever reason, we'd see the syrup temp get...
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    Interesting to see the big price difference...

    Interesting to see the big price difference between Wisconsin and out east.
  18. Thread: New arch

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    With a 4' wide arch, I think you could probably...

    With a 4' wide arch, I think you could probably keep adding pans until you hit 12' long and it'd just keep getting better. That might be bigger than you want to go, but any additional length will be...
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    Rule of thumb for flat pans is 1gph per square...

    Rule of thumb for flat pans is 1gph per square foot, so you should be able to do 16 on that size pan without too much optimization. Personally, I'd think you'll gain a lot of efficiency (for flat...
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    I'm lazy. I plumb the 1/2" npt threads of the...

    I'm lazy. I plumb the 1/2" npt threads of the pump to a simple strainer and then to a piece of 1" mainline with a couple saddles and a 6-way star fitting. I make some 2 wire extension cords and hook...
  21. He's been between 1.7-2.4 all season. Mostly in...

    He's been between 1.7-2.4 all season. Mostly in the middle of that.
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    Do you see yourself getting bigger? If not, a 250...

    Do you see yourself getting bigger? If not, a 250 would probably make you pretty happy. Especially a nice one like the lapierre or cdl. The memprotec is interesting also. If you think you might add...
  23. Most-Sap-Per-Tap award, I nominate my neighbor!

    Sorry if this is insensitive, I know some of you guys out east aren't having a great year. But I just can't believe how much sap this guy has hauled this year. I just had to make a post about it....
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    The only improvement that I've found in my method...

    The only improvement that I've found in my method of fixing leaks is to leave the two handed tool on the shelf and carry a one handed tool and tension hooks (mine are from cdl). Much lighter and I...
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    I don't remember the specifics, but after the...

    I don't remember the specifics, but after the disastrous 2012 season in Wisconsin, there was disaster relief available for syrup producers. Not sure if it was USDA, state, or what.
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