This morning my wife and I took our grandson Sam and Flat Stanley to the Pomeroy Sugar House in Westfield for breakfast because it is Maple Syrup Time in the Berkshires. The weather has been good and the syrup has been flowing for a few weeks now. Warm days and cool night make the syrup flow.
At our present house, several years ago, I tapped two trees in our backyard and made Maple Syrup. First I started boiling the syrup in the kitchen, as it has to be reduced 40:1, but shortly my wife ran me outside as the entire house smelled like maple syrup. Outside I switched to propane and my setup for boiling steamers[steamed clams from the cape] and that worked just fine. I went through 3-2o# bottles of propane to make about about 2 quarts. That amounted to $13.50 worth of propane per quart of maple syrup. I switched back to buying it at the farm stores after that.
As you can see by the pictures that Flat Stanley was along and if you don't remember, he is the character in the Flat Stanley books. He was my grandson's 3rd grade project for the weekend so we made him part of our Sunday morning adventure.