Marc and Cheryl Kenyon use a more old-fashioned fuel. They stoke their wood-fired boilers with split chunks of wood harvested from their property.
Kenyon said that the tradition of tapping trees held fond memories for him.
"The sound of 'plink, plink' in the buckets is the sound of spring as far as I'm concerned," he said.
Pitkin said he agreed with Kenyon.
"Tapping trees is really a 'rite of Spring' out here," he said.
"Boiling down sap, it's a slow time, a time to visit with people, a social celebration of spring as well."
Information on Thurman's Maple Days events can be obtained at www.persisgranger.com/ThurmanMapleWeekends.htm or by calling 623-9718.