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    This...

    http://m.tractorsupply.com/en/store/...-heater-1000-w

    And a stock tank.

    Be careful with the heater it doesn't have a thermostat.
    You can wire a hot water heater thermostats in it if your handy.
    Attach the to stock tank with stainless steel and a good sealer.
    Galvanized or plastic/ rubber maid.
    The Rubbermaid will crack if it's not set level and you fill it.

    Be Safe

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/121210568327

    Use it to make chunks of the sugar and drop into a boiling tank to convert to syrup. Should be fast and easy.
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    Yes, come on Michael, what did you decide? Inquiring minds want to know!!!
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    Last year I had a barrel of Sugar "Warehouse floor sweepings" that had turned rock hard. I turned the barrel on it's side and added 1 gal of water daily to soften it until the bees cleaned it up. It took several days but they cleaned all the sugar out of the barrel. You might add a small amount of Lauri's vinegar to your water.

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    I propose an annual event; The Michael Palmer Sugar Cube Demolition Derby.

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    Michael Palmer, Try using a immersion heater you can buy them from Mann lake or Dadant if sugar is in a tote then you can open the top filler hole and dig down into the hard sugar to make space for the heater and make sure that to keep element covered. They are preset to provide the correct temp to liquify either sugar or honey. Thomas Peavey

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    How cheap is it? There must be a price point which makes this project doable or not.

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    please someone come up with a method that will work, Mike needs this for the final chapter of his book
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    Adrian, All you would need to do is call Mann Lake and I did that so I could give you the info. The shielded Immersion Heater is $55.95 and the barrel or drum heater is $409.00 find both in Mann Lakes catalog under heaters.

    I read where some people are saying use a propane heater but that can be to easy to scorch the sugar and make it no good. Tom Peavey

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    Beesrme, sorry for the confusion. I was wondering how cheap the sugar was, and thus work out whether the cost savings were worth the work involved.

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    What I heard from Michael tells me it's worth dealing with.
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    I would just throw it through a wood chipper like the tree guys use.
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    Adrian, Sorry misunderstood your question. I used to get totes or barrels of left over sugar from the canneries out here in Calif. and it would get crystallized easily and have to be liquified most of the time the cost was give the foreman a case of honey for the workers and haul it away the last time it was 12 totes full each holding 275 Gallons. But now they are not ordering to much and so it has dried up. Thomas Peavey

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    The shielded immersion heater is a bit cheaper here.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000BDB4UG

    Allied is the best value I've found. I go though a few every year. Once plugged in they heat until they burn out.

    Just a word of caution. Please be careful I think these have a huge potential to start a fire or seriously electrocute someone.

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    I hate to mention this but did you think of a 5 gal pail. Ad the right amount of sugar, the right amount of water and then take it to HD paint department to mix it up. Alright they might not want to do it for you so borrow someone's cement mixer. I got one if you need it.
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    What about a hydrolic wood splitter?
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    Lauri Miller.
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    Chain Saw it into the sizes you want.

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    Split the bahs. Put the bag along with the sugar in a measured out warm water bath. My guess is that within seconds the sugar will release from the bag and begin to melt. Pull the bags out and keep melting it down in batches.

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