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Old May 8th, 2016, 11:36 PM
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Generally speaking are most folks putting the storage tanks for the RO outdoors or in? Inside would have the convenience of access but I would expect outdoors to stay cooler.
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It really depends on how much under-roof storage space someone has available. Indoors would be great if you have the room. Or under an overhang/lean-to roof attached to the sugarhouse.

Outside usually isn't cooler because the sun usually hits it at sometime during the day, unless your lucky and have a large building with some northern facing area that is shaded all day. Or a big stand of pine trees somewhere close to the sugar house. Even an insulated bulk tank heats right up with just a little sun!

I only know a few producers who have all their tanks (sap, concentrate and permeate) inside.

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My raw tank and my first pass tank are on the flat roof of my RO shed. My permeate tanks are inside with the RO. I like having them where lines are not froze as I usually rinse in the am.
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My raw sap is outside in an insulated tank and it is on the east side out of the sun. Plumbing is heat taped and has never been a problem. Once the sap is turned to concentrate its into a transfer tank then to the roof for gravity flow. No heat tape needed because its steady flow into the running evap.

Concentrate needs to be cooked ASAP to keep it light. Treat it like egg salad.
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I have all my on site storage indoors. I also have 600 gallons of storage in the woods. When I collect, I have storage for 800 gallons of sap and 350 of permeate in the shack. I will be adding 500 more gallons of storage in the shack this year in anticipation of a larger tap count next year. I like it all indoors.
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Bryan,

Our raw sap, concentrate and permeate tanks are all indoors. Since our camp isn't insulated the sap stays cooler that way. It does present challenges during the early season to keep things from freezing on us.
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Having a gas fired furnace on in the shack all season make spoilage inevitable.
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All of my tanks are outside, shaded by a stand of hemlocks. If I had a working milk tank, it would cool my concentrate. I'd cool it to 28-30 F. I have my feed lines insulated and there is a heat tape inside the insulation. My head tank, while setting outside, it is up tight against the sugarhouse and the valve/feed line are inside the sugarhouse.
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Maple Flats sounds like my set up 2" PVC with heat tape and insulation. Head tank out side with plumbing that drains out at the end of every cook cycle. I rather not concentrate until I'm ready to cook.

Now I wonder what 30 degree sap does to the RO??

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All my storage tanks are insulated milk tanks. Sap storage and first pass concentrate are outside. Permeate and head tank (not insulated) are inside unheated shack.
When the ro temp probe reads 1* C, performance is a little slower than advertised :eek:
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