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  1. #1
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    Mar 2003
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    Westfield, MA, USA
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    I picked up a couple of pierce electric uncapping knives at a tag sale today. Having never used on of these before, I was suprised just how hot these things actually get. I can see how scorching the honey could be a problem. There is a small set screw in the center of the knife which I believe controls the temperature, but I am thinking about adding a dimmer switch of sorts to control them better. My question is; what is the optimum temperature I should be looking for?
    Mike

  2. #2
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    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    In theory you want it to cut the wax and not scorch the honey. In my experience it always gets too hot at the start and then when I'm doing a run of uncapping it gets on an even keel. Then I turn it off while I extract that batch and when I turn it on it scorches again. If anyone has a solution, I'd love to hear it.

  3. #3
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    Mar 2003
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    Mobile, Alabama
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    Michael the only thing I have been able to do is to start uncapping on that first run before it gets hot enough to scorch. If I let it heat up too long, though, it does as you said.

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    Rob Koss

  4. #4
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    Has anyone had any experience with using a solid state controller to adjust the temp? I see in the catalogs they sell some knive with them included.
    Mike

  5. #5
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    I've found you just gotta keep uncapping. If you need to stop uncapping, unplug. Otherwise it can scorch. If you are constantly uncapping, it keeps the blade cooler.

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