A short post today, simply to provide something that might be of value to anyone consider the production of maple syrup, on any scale.
Final version for 2016 preparations
I have found that mapping out the process helps me to ensure that we have everything we need, in place, to perform the task at hand, maple syrup production being no exception. This flow chart is simply a thought-starter, no doubt it is not perfect, nor does it incorporate every possible detail. However it might be of use to you, I certainly hope so. You can find 11 in. x 17 in. pdf version at this link: Process Flow-Maple Syrup. As this process is refined, so will be the pdf.
And, just so you can see how I use the process of actually creating the process flow diagram, below is an earlier version I used in putting together the equipment and supplies for the 2016 season.