This is our 3rd year of making maple syrup. We have a pretty rudimentary system, we hope to upgrade to galvanized buckets next year, we do have spiles now instead of copper tubing as we did the first year. We have lost some sap with these milk jugs. The wind will sometimes blow them out of place before they get full and then the sap isn't dripping in.
But we do love to boil it over a fire as you get a nice smoky flavor, and who doesn't love a fire. Jeremy's friend let him borrow his copper pot and tripod. I think it looks pretty cool, we may have to make one of these for ourselves. Every time I would go out and look at it I would come back in the house singing "Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble!"