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What can I use to build a float box for my Sister In-Laws Evap???
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I would look for a small stainless steam table pan. I know they make them in a bunch of dIfferent sizes. Just a thought.
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Float boxes are nice, I would not be with out one right now. But on the farm we boiled for years with out one, just run a line into the rear pan and had a valve on it to regulate the flow, and kept a eye on the level in the pans. Works pretty well in a pinch. sometimes low tech works too:)
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Plumbing in a float box is a pain so I would look into just putting the float in the flue pan. My first rig had a float that was in the corner farthest from the draw off. Grainger has some that are copper or SS. Use metal so heat isn't a factor. You will need to run the sap higher to get the float to regulate the sap level. The box is the easy part its the square float with vent thats tricky. the floats are square and flat so they will float in as little liquid as possible. I would call Jim at Smoky Lake Maple Products in the off season and see if he will make one.
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ok so go to home depot and get a toliet bowl thingy and use it to build a float box
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ok so go to home depot and get a toliet bowl thingy and use it to build a float box
I would go to grainger and get a $25 float valve before ever getting a "toilet bowl thingy" and using it to make food.
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ok so we have a 2x4, and a 35 gal head tank, with 3/4 mainline feeding the preheater so what float valve from grainger would u use???
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How are regulating the sap level in the preheater? Without being right in front of your setup it really hard to say how to setup a floatsystem. I would take a guess and say you have a valve in the preheater that drains into your pan. For many many years we never had a floatbox. We adjusted the valve and let that feed our pans. So simple and works. Once you get use to it, it becomes second nature. Heck my first pan I boiled on as a kid had a ss pot on one corner with a small hole in the bottom. I adjusted the amount of sap it fed the pan with different size nails dropped in the hole. Crude but worked.
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3rdgen I wonder if we confuse members when talk about controlling the sap level in the preheater. I talked by phone with a member and they had the same question how to regulate the sap into the preheater. you only want to regulate the sap into the flue pan and let the prefilter fill up totaly.
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I would have to assume that since his preheater is a pan that sits on the back of his flue pan and he has a feed tank that it would be plumbed into his preheater. Regulating the flow in his preheater that feeds the flue pan would be a good idea in my opinion. This way there is a constant slow feed into it which will help maintain an overall average temperature versus letting it get shallow and filling it back up with cold sap which in return would end up in the flue pan. By the time what was left in the pan got hot enough to make it worth while I would think the thing would be empty again and filled back up with cold sap. Atleast that makes sense in my head at 2 am.
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