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I am thinking about purchasing an 800 gallon per day "light commercial" home ro unit to produce beginning of the year wash water, and to also have water for test boils on my new evaporator. I would provide a link but I cant figure out how to copy and paste on a chromebook. Anyhow, the unit is around $700 on ebay. Would it be worthwhile to do this?
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Seems like a big expense for little gain if any gain. I use soft water for my start of year rinse/wash. When test boiling why not regular water with a touch of vinegar to keep minerals from sticking to the pan.
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Big investment for no gain. Use tap water. If that has chlorine, draw it a day or 2 ahead and let the chlorine evaporate. If the water is real hard, after the test boil just fill the pans just above the line left in the pan and add a gal or 2 of white vinegar. Heat it to about 110-120F and let it set a while, then brush it and drain.
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I can't argue with those who have suggested it might be redundant or a not too good use of hard earned money, so I won't.
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My additional take is that if you want to do it that way, do it. If the money isn't a problem, and you want to use created permeate to wash your "regular" maple RO and do test boils, it will certainly do just that. Is the idea to extend the life of your maple RO's membrane(s), or keep them new shiny pans cleaner? If so, can't argue against that either.
I'd just guess, but if it were me, I'd probably do it once (ie, create permeate/do test boils), and then just scratch my head and try to work it into the regular RO routine during the maple season.
I guess I'd like to hear just a bit more of your thoughts on buying a "supplemental" RO.
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What is the difference between a house ro and a maple ro? Why don't the minerals hurt the house ro?
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I think the thing you are looking for Hues is a steamaway. All the distilled water you want. Karl can fix you right up!
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I think the thing you are looking for Hues is a steamaway. All the distilled water you want. Karl can fix you right up!
Honestly probably next year or the year after
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Why not just buy a membrane that can handle chlorinated water to make your wash water, then switch to your maple membrane to rinse it.
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Why not just buy a membrane that can handle chlorinated water to make your wash water, then switch to your maple membrane to rinse it.
I don't know of any membranes that handles chlorine for daily use . What is used is carbon filter before the membrane or for something on a larger scale is sodium sulfate solution. We did have a membrane in the lab that required a chlorine solution for a rinse once a month.

Years ago ( mid 80's) the Michigan DEQ allowed WWT Plants a small but measurable amount of CL2 to be discharged in streams , rivers ect.... Fortunately for the better , regulations were tightened and now they must de-chlorinate before discharge into the receiving waters . So all you NY'ers can thank us upstream plants in Michigan for sending you clean , treated wasterwater ! Lol
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