Here are the Sugar Shack/Maple Syrup making pictures I tried to post a few days ago. :o)
This is the the Sugar Shack. My Big Sweetie built this. It's not fancy, but cozy. :o)
This is looking out the side door.
My little sweetie is checking for sap. Sap looks like water really. :o) It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup !!!
This is the stove my Big Sweetie boils the sap on. There are 3 pans in all. The first pan sits on the the second pan which sits directly on the stove. The third pan also sits directly on the stove.
The sap gets poured in to the first pan. (A little sap is also poured into the other 2 to prevent them from burning)
This is what the sap looks like in the the first pan. On the right you can see a blue valve. It is turned on slightly to allow the sap to trickle into the second pan.
This is what the inside of the second pan looks like. It is divided into 3 chambers. It trickles in to the first chamber and then passes into chamber 2 and onto chamber 3. I didn't get it in the picture, but there is a valve on front of the pan. It would be the bottom right corner of the picture.
When it is boiling good in the second pan, the valve is opened and the sap is transferred to the third pan. It continues to boil in the third pan for a while.
The temperature and sap levels have to be watched, so it doesn't boil dry or burn. And the sap has to reach a certain temperature.
Checking the temperature.
My Big Sweetie finishes off the boiling in the house. It's more convenient since all the bottles need to be sterilized. Then he pours it in the bottles and they seal themselves. They'll cool on their side over night.
13 hours and 15 bottles later. Pure Canadian Maple syrup. :o)