We burn deadfall from around the yard. The most helpful thing is to use a pan with a large surface area and low sides - in our case, my turkey roasting pan.
Being careful not to boil over, which I assure you is a smelly mess, you boil the syrup until it is about 7 degrees above the temperature of boiling water. (This number varies depending on how high above sea level you are). We boiled a bit longer than usual this year, trying to create a slightly thicker consistency to the syrup that we have had in past years.
Some folks store it in coffee cans and keep it in the freezer, we just put the syrup in mason jars and store it in the basement storage room. Do not pour it straight into the jars or cans you plan to use. There is a substance which forms called nitre (some folks call it sugar sand). It settles in the bottom of the jar and is very bitter. To remove this, long ago it is said that men filtered it through their hats - the wool felt caught the nitre and allowed the clear syrup to run through. I use a damp piece of wool felt (NOT craft felt which is made of polyester or acrylic and can melt). The process is not swift, but do not cut corners as you will have bitterness at the bottom of the syrup.
So there it is - very easy with the investment of a small amount of equipment and some time. There are folks who have much more elaborate systems - I even know a guy with a professional sugar house - but this suits us fine. We have the satisfaction of making our own syrup from our own trees, and in teaching the children that with some time and effort, they do not have to depend on the grocery store for everything.