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Old April 14th, 2016, 10:43 PM
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Looking to add a RO to the operation next year. Don't have room in the shack to do so. Thinking about a small portable shed built on runners or timbers that I could pick up and relocate with my skidsteer if needed. I could insulate it and heat through the maple season. Any body else have something like this? Problems with the idea? Things you wish you did differently?
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Mine is not portable but it is in a separate building. Actually built into a bank so very little heat is needed. I do have to run 30' to check on it when boiling.
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OK Grazer these are my options

1) Find a 1/2 shipping container and install next to the shack and deck it out inside and out full electric. Insulate the inside with 6" Styrofoam and then all white board paneling. Cut in a few windows. Outside firing strips in the panels and lap siding. Set in place and if they say move it run it around the block on you trailer.

2) Buy an old dilapidated pop up camper and in the open position frame up the inside and make a temporary RO room If they call you out run it around the block on its wheels. If they condem it bring it down to my place and we will make a bonfire and drink a few Coors.

3) Remember the old barn foundations that were made by stacking round cedar logs. Go back to # 1 and stack fire wood over the entire exterior and a sliding door to the shack that looks like a wood pile.

4) go down to Sturgeon Bay and stop at the burned out building by Walmart and make a good deal on the aluminum trailer sitting there and deck it out.
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Neighboring sugar maker has just that. They built a small "shed" to house their ro along with a couple cage tanks for permeate storage. Only draw backs I have heard is that it isn't as convenient for monitoring and washing. It was cheaper than adding on to their existing sugarhouse and gave them a better location for offloading sap.
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Old April 15th, 2016, 07:06 AM
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I am getting close to maxing out my square footage on my land allowed by the zoning dept. that's why I am looking for portable options.
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Old April 15th, 2016, 09:24 AM
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Sounds like your sugarhouse needs a basement.
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I don't see the dimensions of your sugar shack in your signature but you may be surprised at how little space you need for an RO. I have an H2O 600 gph unit and the membrane housing that fits into an area that is approximately 2.5' x 6-7'. This is in the corner of our 12 x 24 shack.

I insulated the outer walls with R-13, the ceiling with R-19 and built a guide/track along the ceiling where I can slide two, 2" 4x8 sheets of rigid styrofoam insulation in and out. I have another sheet that I cut down that completes the room in the front. I push 3" nails from the side into the front to hold them together. I have a heat lamp that I put in there to keep it warm.

I don't have a good current picture on my laptop here at work but can attach one later if you like. In the picture below you can see the H2O 300 gph machine (in classifieds) that has a smaller footprint than the newer machine/tower.

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Grazer you need to move your entire operation into a big school bus. Ill drive. We can find one with the Handicap lift for loading and off loading bottles and drums. We can get a second bus and cut the front off and make it into a trailer (I love trailers) I'm up to 10 now.
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We can get a second bus and cut the front off and make it into a trailer (I love trailers) I'm up to 10 now.
Could double as a chicken coop in the off season for added investment value. And also add an old fridge next to it to store the more sensitive items inside
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