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Old January 21st, 2013, 12:54 PM
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Ordered the float valve from eBay, comes with Stainless steel float and brass valve. Anyone every used one like it? The ad said it is fully adjustable, and for 25 bucks, i think it is pritty good deal.



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Old January 21st, 2013, 05:53 PM
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I have seen float valves like that on poultry waterers that are gravity fed. My only hesitation would be that the flow might be too slow if your evaporator is very big.
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I use something like that, but I had to rig up a different float because you are really limited on the depth you can run because the bulb drafts so deep. Nearly half of the bulb has to be in the sap for it to stop the flow that puts nearly 3 1/2" before you can get the valve to stop. The wider the float the shallower it will draft and the lower you can keep the level of the sap in your pans. I found a regular float box float and adapted it to that valve and I can keep the level of my pans at about 2" pretty easily. I had even tried to bend the rod to see if a different angle could help me to make the level shallower. If you have just a flat pan it may not be a big deal.
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It may be a Watts valve which are available from Grainger. I use a bronze one,about 1 1/2 inch. They are very reliable and cost under $100. Lloyd
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Got the valve and it works great, will keep up to 30-40 GPH, and since I only get 14-18, I am not worried. Just finished some upgrades and cleaning the pans. Still no taping weather in sight though.

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Sappy nice job with the siphon tubes. Have you thought of putting little pet cocks on them to aid in starting the siphon???
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I thought of it, you can see the one from the float box has one, I have a hook to just dunk the one with out valves in the sap to fill them. If you hold them level you can pull it up with sap remaining in the tube, since the caps on the bottom keep air from going in. Did a test boil and ran for 2 hours without losing siphon.
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I have to say that is a pretty cool looking setup. Years ago when I ran siphons I just had a sap bucket with sap in it. Dunked the siphon in it till all the air came out and was good to go. The things were old and the valves were opened and closed way to many years so I stopped using them.
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Very very cool and it looks very nice. If you have a lot of taps then next year you will be adding drop tubes and building an ro and you know how it goes .
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