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12-27-2011, 12:52 PM
My wife gave me a honey extractor for Christmas and I did the small amount of required assembly a few minutes ago. There is an extra rubber O ring
with the pieces and I don't know if it is simply a replacement for the O ring on the honey tap or whether it is supposed to go on the assembly now. Any ideas? The extractor is this one at Brushy Mountain (there were no assembly instructions): http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/prodinfo.asp?number=792
12-27-2011, 04:26 PM
I don't have that extractor at hand, but I suspect that it should be something related with the valve. Here (http://www.beekeeping-shop.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=137) is the same valve you have, I believe. Do you have that black O-ring in place? Other than that, while attaching the valve to the body, you might be supposed to use at least one (from the inside of the body) -even two, maybe (one to be used from outside)- such rings things to prevent leaking. What about the inner diameter of the ring and outer diameter of the related valve part(s)?
On this forum is a thread on Saf Natura Extractors (http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?211594-saf-natura-extractors&). If you know one of the posters, you may ask them.
There is a page (http://www.safnatura.com/web2011/CATALOGO_file/Page302.html) of your extractor on its producer's Web site. If Brushy Mountain does not supply you with the neeeded info, you can e-mail them as well. I believe that there's someone to communicate in English. Their e-mail seems to be email@example.com
Hope someone who did the job before reply here.
You are a lucky man, with a wife giving you such a nice gift.
Happy new year!
12-27-2011, 05:32 PM
Thank you, and you are correct that I am a lucky man. My wife is the best person I know. I also believe you are correct about the O ring and its purpose. The valve would not position properly on the extractor until I used the O ring on the side that screws into the extractor. Now, it positions correctly. Thank you for the response as well.
01-01-2012, 08:26 AM
I have the same extractor. Sometimes extra parts are given, likely not on purpose. After using this extractor, I would definitely suggest mounting the legs to something solid and heavy. Imbalance was my greatest issue. Make sure it's warm where you extract to thin out the honey when it drains. RavensEye suggested at one time to set the entire unit outside near the hives to have them clean it when done. This works good, yet any wax remnants stay put. Oh, and one other thing: Look into some "Bee-Dun" spray (claims all natural) and a fume board for removing the bees efficiently without pissing them off........Good luck with your gift and happy new year.