How Maple Syrup is Made
It takes ALOT of wood to boil off all that water to make maple syrup. We start cutting a splitting the wood a year in advance so that it is nice and dry for the maple syrup season. We go through 2 to 3 cords of wood during the boiling season. A cord of wood is a stacked pile that is 4 feet wide, 8 feet log and 4 feet high. That's about 2100 pieces of wood!!!
When the weather is above freezing during the day and below freezing at night it's time to tap the trees. We currently tap about 120 trees. That is very small number compared to the commercial producers which would tap tens of thousands of trees. Instead of buckets we use hoses and gravity where sap to flows down to the sugar shack.
The boiling process takes a long, long time. 40 litres of sap is needed to make 1 litre of maple syrup. We typically boil for 18 hours a day constantly feeding the fire with more wood. With our large evaporator we bring it to near syrup and finish it on the stove so we can control the heat. There is no comparison to slow boiled maple syrup over a fire.