Just throwing this one out there really quick.
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE ,TURN YOUR BACK ON BOILING SYRUP.
especially at night, cooking with small sticks and a friend in from out of town.
I lost a lot of syrup last night when this happened. Not all of it. The pot contained everything I’ve cooked down in the last 3 weeks. It’s not devastating. I did catch it before it just burned into the bottom of the pot. When it happened to me a couple of years ago, it took a wire wheel on a drill to get it off the bottom of the pot.
Joys of DIY