Making Maple Syrup in Your Own Backyard

The secrets to backyard sugaring, including planning ahead, tree selection, how, when and where to tap and making an evaporator.



Boiling Sap
Waiting for sap to boil down into syrup during thebackyard evaporation process.
PHOTO: DANIEL WOLF
130-033-01
One of the most important developments in backyard sugarin' is the one-gallon plastic milk bottle.
DANIEL WOLF
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Drill your tap hole about 1 1/2 inches into good wood, which means maybe 2 1/2 inches in heavy bark.
DANIEL WOLF
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Waiting for sap to boil down into syrup during thebackyard evaporation process.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS EDITORS
Making maple syrup
The author with his homemade water-pressure-tank evaporating rig.
DANIEL WOLF
130-037-02
Waiting for sap to boil down into syrup during thebackyard evaporation process.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS EDITORS
130-037-01
Waiting for sap to boil down into syrup during thebackyard evaporation process.
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