You tap the trees and secure your 5 gallon bucket and put the hose in the buckets. The sap will drain from the tree into the buckets. When the buckets are full you dump them in the holding tank. When there is enough sap collected the cooking begins. You need to collect 50 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.
After a very hot fire and a lot of boiling of sap. We now have pint and quart jars of home made Maple syrup. Fill the jars with very hot syrup put the lids on tightly and turn them upside down so they seal. Great fun but very hard and a long days work. 1. Cutting the fire wood to keep the very hot fire going. 2. Tapping over 200 trees and securing the 5 gallon buckets. 3. Dumping the buckets as they fill. 4. Walking and carrying the full 5 gallon buckets to the tractor (though the mud,snow or rain). 6. Then cooking the sap for hours until it turns into syrup. 7. Don't forget to strain the syrup before you up it in the jars. 8. Now up it in the jars and have then seal. 9. NOW get ready to do it all over in a few days. 10. The trees are no longer running sap. Now it is time to clean all the equipment. And put things away for next years Maple Syrup making.
But don't sit down yet we have to go cut wood for next years season. So when you see the smoke come from the woods don't worry we're just making Maple syrup in the "Sugar Shack".