To give credit where credit is due, the title of this post is basically stolen from Rink Mann’s, Backyard Sugarin’. I came across this book last summer already having one year of backyard sugarin’ under my belt. We had tapped our boulevard maple tree and two old, giant maple trees at my parents’ house. Off those three trees we collected at least 20 gallons of sap and cooked that down to about half a gallon of syrup. We learned a lot of lessons. First, don’t try and remodel a bathroom yourself and try to make maple syrup at the same time. Second, don’t use a deep stock pot and propane gas to cook your syrup. I wish I had seen Rink Mann’s book prior to ever trying to cook down maple syrup. For anyone trying this old time craft, I highly recomend reading Back Yard Sugarin‘ first so you don’t make the same mistakes we made the first time we tried cooking down syrup. The following pictures document the construction of our new syrup evaporator, constructed out of all dumpstered and found materials. Enjoy!
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