Somthing i've always wanted to do but never knew anybody to ask about. So how does one get into making maple syrup?
I tried it just for fun...got about 15 gallons of "sap" and boiled that down to 1 quart (and boiled and boiled and boiled!!))
Not the right way, but if it is something you want to try before spending a lot of money on it....
I just drilled a small hole (3/8 or 1/2) about 1 or two inches deep. Pounded in a small piece of copper pipe I had laying around. I put a long screw a bit above this and hang a 1 gallon bucket from that. Two of those per tree. Can get about a gallon per day from a tree. Three trees, 5 days. Boiled all that down on the stove for a long time.
It was really cool ending up with syrup. I think it is because I have silver maples, the syrup, while sweet and mapley, has a weird smell. If I had some sugar maples I'd probably invest in more equipment.