maple syurp boiling

For the past few days, the wind has been WHIPPING here in NY (25 mph gusts) ! It has been SO hard to keep a hot fire going.  The wind, draft, and conditions were all working against boiling down maple syrup. FINALLY today, the wind is not roaring, and my stove is working perfectly to keep a really hot fire going.  My maple sap is reducing at a much faster rate then the past 3 days!   I hope to finish the batch tonight….. before bed!  Tomorrow we are supposed to get 2-4 inches of snow. GRRRRR!

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As you can see, I have 2 pans of sap on my stove.  The back pan has always burned hotter than the front, so the front is more of a “warming pan”.  When the back pan reduces down about halfway, I add some of the warm sap from the front pan into it. The top off the front pan with new sap.  The cycle continues…….


You can see the color difference in the pans.  The back colored pan has more sugar in it since more water has evaporated out.  The pans hold a total of about 25 quarts of sap.  I have boiled about 30 gallons of sap so far.  My trees have not been flowing to fast, like many of my fellow “syrup-ers” in my area. This afternoon, it seems as though the flow has increased,

I wish you could smell the maple steam!!!! It is SOOOO amazing! Check back tomorrow to see if I have syrup yet!   I hope, hope, hope……

Click here to see the barrel to stove conversion kit i used.

Check out my entire maple syrup Making journey:

Making Maple Syrup- Tapping Trees

Making Maple Syrup- Boiling

Making Maple Syrup- REALLY Boiling

Making Maple Syrup- Finished


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2 Comments on Making Maple Syrup- REALLY Boiling!

  1. Hi Tara! You’ve inspired me to tap my trees….we’ve been collecting all week. To my surprise it is easy and fun to work in tune with nature! I have a questions: We plan to cook ours outside on a fire pit (hopefully NO wind!!) and I am trying to get a sense of how long it will take and how much wood to have an hand? We have so far about 15 gallons of sap…Any ideas?

    • Yay! Glad you are tapping! It probably will take a while to get a boil with a fire in a pit. you should have a lot of wood on hand so you can keep a hot fire. What kind of wood will you be burning? Is your pit enclosed? Let me know!

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