I ordered 10 maple spiles and i am looking to learn through experience how to make syrup. I do know that it's a 40:1 ratio and that I am looking for about 10 gallons of sap to make a qt of syrup (this isn't set in stone if I get more great if I get less that's fine as well). This is more for the learning how to do it than to make a large amount. I live in SE PA and I'm curious as to when everyone taps trees in this area since we start to warm up sooner than the rest of the state. I do have my trees identified and marked at my house and some friends. I'll be using an outdoor burner for the boil. Any other tips would be appreciated from the more experienced folks.