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Old December 29th, 2011, 08:28 PM
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I was just wondering if it is ok to install a float valve directly in the flue pan. Do I have to worry about the boiling action affecting the flow coming into the pan?
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Old December 29th, 2011, 09:25 PM
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That is the way my first set of 2x8 was. It was a cool set up simple and direct. The float sat in the first channel and dumped it right into the flue pan.
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Old December 29th, 2011, 09:42 PM
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Thats how my Leader King drop flue is set up with the float hooked up directly to it ,worked great last year almost like a preheater ,the sap would get hot before going into the flue pan ,worked like a charm.Al
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Other than access to the float with a hood in place what is the reason for a float box on the flue
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I'm not going to have the float "boxed" in. It is just going to sit directly in the flue pan. I don't feel like fabricating a box to mount on the outside of the pan. My wife already says I spend to much time and money on my hobby.
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MY opinion is you want a flat float for better control in a very shallow liquid. Round floats need more depth.
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I can tell you from experience that a flat float will work in the pan and you can run down to about an inch. Be advised that the boil was very vigorous right under the float. After the seam on the flat float cracked I had to go to a round one. Round worked ok but I had to run about 2 inchs deep so that it worked right. This was all in a flat pan not a flue pan.
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