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I have seen this type of stuff done both ways and both ways works just fine. Let the haters hate.
I've actually seen it being made here in Michigan.
They tap little metal tubes into Maple trees (little spigots) and hang buckets on them. This drains some of the sap from the tree into the bucket (over a period of hours/days). The workers ride around on wagons and gather the buckets and empty them into a very large container on the wagon. The wagon takes hundreds of gallons of sap to a boiler where most of the water is boiled off. It takes between 20 and 50 litres of sap to make a litre of Maple syrup.
The syrup is place on pancakes and it can be made into maple syrup candy.
It's about the only reason to live in Michigan.