We have plenty of maple trees on the property but we’ve never tried to make maple syrup before. Well, apparently this was the year to give it a go!
The main reason we decided to try it was that Chris scored both a food grade barrel and a whole bunch of bricks. The barrel would let us accumulate the sap (we only had 5 sap taps/buckets and we had to borrow those) and the bricks would provide material for a quick and dirty wood-fired evaporator.
|The barrel and the evaporator
We had good collecting weather for about a week and managed to accumulate about 22 gallons of sap.
|Beginning the boil
The weather was perfect: sunny, warmish, and barely breezy. I even brought Cooper’s bed outside so she could enjoy the sunshine with us.
|You’ll note there is no dog...
We boiled outside for nine hours the first day, five hours the second, and three the third.
|It did get warmer as the day progressed
|Eventually she joined us
|Now we’re getting closer
|It took about 2.5 hours to turn into syrup
|A good production run