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Old January 2nd, 2014, 10:35 PM
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Really wasn't planning on doing this upgrade this year but I know from seeing an airtight door with blower firsthand its definitely will increase gph and wood use.

I took some advice from Dennis H and made it so I can easily put the factory doors back on. No mods were done to the arch front . The door itself was made at a local welding shop and since I was having a stainless steel steam pan made for the bottler and a nipple welded on the ro wash tank I asked about making a blank door. Owner of shop made me deal I couldn't refuse, he's a maple syrup nut so all worked out well. :) I welded on the hinges and made the latch and bar. Not quite done , little more grinding/ tweaking and its finished. I had enough blanket ( it comes in 24" width) to double it and with the ss anchors welded to the 1/4" plate it should last some time.

Thanks to xyz5150 I got the 1" rope gasket for the door. We bartered over the cost and Xak didn't want cash just food! Lol....... owe him lunch this week! :)

Since I'm working 2nd shift and try to boil right up until its time to go to work , I like the added benefit of being able to cool down the arch quickly. So , I have done a new sugar house, ro, door, and blower this year . That's it for the mods, next year preheater. :)
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Old January 2nd, 2014, 11:39 PM
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Looks real good Bob.
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agreed, not to shabby to boil that michigan syrup
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 07:21 AM
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agreed, not to shabby to boil that michigan syrup
Well they do say we make the best ! :)
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Wish list, what type of steel is best for holding up to the heat? We need to build new doors forour arch.

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Old January 3rd, 2014, 09:35 AM
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that is what I need to do with my Leader 2x6. I dont know how to weld though
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Wish list, what type of steel is best for holding up to the heat? We need to build new doors forour arch.

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I was told 1/4" thick was plenty. The door has a little beef to it and with the 2600 degree insulation I'm sure it should be fine . :)

I really should have took pics of the inside without any insulation yet. It has a 3/4" angle iron welded to the inside to form a groove for the 1" rope . Worked perfect as the rope fits tight and shouldn't fall out at all.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 04:18 PM
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that is what I need to do with my Leader 2x6. I dont know how to weld though
Adk, if you can get your hands on a mig welder its easy. Personally I think stick welding takes a little more finess. Each has their place. Little practice with a dose of patience and your off to the races. Now if I could get 3rdgen to teach me how to tig weld ? ;)
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Wishlist, is a mild steel better for high heat applications?

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Old January 3rd, 2014, 05:09 PM
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With the heat we are dealing with its fine plus the added insulation . I think mild steel ( plate steel ) melts north of 2400 degrees. If you use 1/8 plate I would think some gussets to help with warping wouldn't hurt.
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