This thread is basically directed at Scotty O. and the others here who make their own maple syrup. I have been kicking the idea around of making a batch this winter and would love any tips you guys could give a beginner. Of course I have a few ?'s but I'm sure I can't ask all the right ones so feel free to hit on anything I dont mention. I am not looking to make 50gallons or anything. I'm aware of the 40-1 ratio and all that. I have 5 acres full of 20+sugar maples but I live 1.5hrs away. I'm thinking of running plastic tubing to a 300gal IBC tote with a 2" ball valve on the bottom for this reason. Will gravity be enough to make it flow? From what I have read, trees of my size, can be tapped 2 or 3 times. How may trees will I need to tap to fill my tank? How long can it sit in the tank before it needs to be processed? How much wood am I gonna need? As far as an evap goes, for the trial run, I'm gonna stick with cinder blocks and huge rectangle resturant holding pans to keep the cost down. What was your first evap like? Help a guy get started so I dont get in way over my head here!