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Maple Sugar 2022
« on: November 23, 2021, 11:59:22 AM »
Time for the 2022 Maple Thread :) ;D  The season is fast approaching.  My son has been tasked with checking our inventory of spiles and fittings.  We aren't adding anything this season just running on the almost 1600 taps we had last year.  We added this

 

 

 

 

 

It'll do 600 gph to 12% in one pass.  It alleviates the bottleneck with our present 250 gph to 10% machine.
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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2021, 08:15:59 PM »
how many SGUs was that bad boy?
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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2021, 08:32:03 AM »
  Just a couple  ;) ;D :)  We're all set to switch to fuel oil from wood and this was/is part of that but with the present cost of oil we'll use wood again this season.  Maybe oil next year.  The evaporator will make it through this season with the old fire bricks but will have to be re-done if we chose wood for 2023.  Maybe we'll go to oil then ???  We have the ceramic blanket and new insul board for the oil conversion.   
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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2021, 08:50:27 AM »
I wish you the best with whatever you do because you surely do make some goood syrup!!   food6
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2021, 08:52:16 AM »
Thank You 8) 8)
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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2021, 10:53:25 AM »
 We decided to replace some of our main line tubing it's like 15 yrs old black plastic. After going to a tubing class by CDL we decided to keep with the 1/2" black but went with 12.5 gage wire to hang it on. The cdl guy said that as long as you have tight lines and a good drop in elevation to keep the sap from pooling we'd be ok. I'm dang glad I didn't get 9 gage wire, the 12.5 is bad enough to work with. The one thing that we didn't realize was that the industry has changed the rules again and most 5/16 side line fittings that hook into the main line is for 3/4" pipe, not 1/2" so I only have one type of fitting I can use, and they'll probably discontinue that on me  :(.

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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2021, 12:48:07 PM »
Thats aggravating when they do that sort of thing. 

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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2021, 06:14:09 PM »
i chickened out of mainline this year and will probably spend as much on buckets and chasing my own tail as the mainline woulda costed.  
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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2021, 06:25:59 PM »
"600 gph to 12% in one pass"? Dang!

Checked lines the other day and had to pull some limbs that came down in wind storms etc but nothing too bad. Whatever ate my green 3/16 tubing last year must be dead or moved on somewhere with better tasting plastic, nothing chewed that I could find this time. Nothing has chewed either of the two types of blue stuff except a couple drops the first year. Sample size of one but I'll stick to the blue stuff for now :D

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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2021, 09:58:03 AM »
i chickened out of mainline this year and will probably spend as much on buckets and chasing my own tail as the mainline woulda costed.  
Black waterpipe from ag supply store etc. Is pretty darn cheap per ft. That's what the couple large (10k+ gals per yr.) Producers I've worked for run.

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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2021, 08:15:25 PM »
What do they use to pipe laterals into water pipe mainline?
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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2021, 09:54:29 PM »
We call them saddles Mike. https://bascommaple.com/search?type=product&q=Mainline*+saddle*

And FYI not many available for 1/2 pipe

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« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2021, 09:59:29 PM »
Corley, nice new RO. I have a 2 post CDL. I go to about 10% first pass and close to 20 second

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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2021, 10:19:52 AM »
okay, so a genuine saddle tap doesnt mind going into a generic water tube.. cool.  smiley_thumbsup
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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2021, 02:54:47 PM »
Correct Mike. Most black mainline we use is just water pipe. 

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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2021, 04:50:40 PM »
okay, so a genuine saddle tap doesnt mind going into a generic water tube.. cool.  smiley_thumbsup
I like the red stripe black, for sure food grade. 
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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2021, 07:08:54 AM »
Also I've used the 3/4" CDL saddles on 1/2" mainline with good success.  I leave their closure open at the bottom and attach the fitting to the mainline with wire ties - the top is wide enough for the ties and there's a couple of grooves for the wire to sit in.  Oh and you have to drill a 5/16" hole in the top of the mainline for the fitting.
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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2022, 07:27:25 PM »
Temps are right in NC so I put some taps in.   


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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2022, 07:49:06 PM »
Dumb question, do you just drill a hole and push in a tube for the jug on a tree method? 
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Re: Maple Sugar 2022
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2022, 08:19:55 PM »
Dumb question, do you just drill a hole and push in a tube for the jug on a tree method?
I drilled holes, gently pounded in a plastic tap, then attached the tubing to the tap. I do plan on testing out just inserting the tube into the drilled hole next, as I'm out of taps. 
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