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Old January 14th, 2012, 05:30 PM
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I am thinking about making a drop tube pan like WF Mason. Most flue pans are separate from the syrup pans, should I do the same thing with my drop tube pan? Thoughts about making one pan with an area that drops down for the tubes. I saw a pan that Phanuef makes that is one pan with the drop flue and syrup attached. My arch will fit a 2 x 5 pan so I thought I would make a 40" drop tube pan and a 20" syrup pan. Thoughts?
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Making a production set of pans that are all in 1 is nice BUT and there is a BUT. If you scorch or warp a section you toss the whole set up. Cleaning is a pain because you cant remove the finish/syrup pan and scrub it. Plus it heavier.
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definatly better off if there separate.
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Thanks, I will make them separate.

For the pumbling between pans, what size pipe should I use? I was thinking maybe 1-1/4 SS pipe with a union between the pans.

Should I have a support in my arch to support the ends of the pans?

Should I put any insulation between the pans?
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Supports NO Insulation Yes Insulation between the pans keeps the heat in and the soot out of the shack. With a good draw and a space cool air can enter the arch. I had some frames made to hold the insulation in place. Pans move during the boil and if you don't have support it falls down. A easy way to install it is put a 1/2 stick between the pans and slide the insulation into place push the pans together and remove the stick. I use 2" strips of fire blanket for insulation.
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Yup use a union. I have 3/4 between mine and it seemed to work but inch might better.
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How far should I have the drop tubes (flue) away from the fire box?

I can't remember the distance up the brick ramp to the stack box, but I think it might only be about 24-30". Is it worth making a 30" drop tube pan rather than 40" like I wanted?
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I am Not sure on drop tube, but the leader guys say 1 inch on the sides and no more than a inch on the bottom for a drop flue pan. I guess i would do the math on the tubes to see how much space you have for the gasses to exhaust.
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How far should I have the drop tubes (flue) away from the fire box?

I can't remember the distance up the brick ramp to the stack box, but I think it might only be about 24-30". Is it worth making a 30" drop tube pan rather than 40" like I wanted?
I can see the concern about having the front of the tube pan in the right place. With a regular flue pan it isn't as critical be because the heat can enter anywhere. With the tubes the heat must be "aimed" into the tubes. I would go shorter rather then longer in this case. I would hate to see the exhaust being diverted around the pan body instead of through the tubes.
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Your probably right about the distance for good draft through the tubes. I am going to stop by my sugar shack this weekend and do some "figuring" before I start the pan. I ordered the tubes today so hopefully next week I can get started. Unless I find something different I probably will go with the 30". I might check and see about tapering the area in the pan by drop tubes.
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