I'm curious to hear from other sideliner/small commercial honey producers (more than 100 hives)what type of extracting setup you have. What type of equipment, pros & cons of your setup, and how much honey you can go through in an 8 hour day (# of supers, pounds or barrels of honey).
Since I asked, I'll go first (although I am contemplating undergoing a major expansion to my honey house and totally revamping my extracting system into bigger capacity, which is why I'm asking in the first place [img]smile.gif[/img] ): I have a 100 model Dakota Gunness uncapper (small one, feed 1 frame through at a time), can probably uncap a super in about 1 - 2 minutes; 2 33 frame Kelley extractors; the cappings go into a Dadant electromelt (with slum rake); the honey goes from the extractors in a Maxant 60 inch clarifier, and from there to the honey pump to 1 of 2 holding tanks, both about 250 gallons.
In an average day I go through about 100 medium supers, which, depending on how full they are, will yield anywhere from 2,500 - 3,500 pounds of honey (or about 3.5 - 5 barrels).
Pros: relatively fast??? (although I'd like to go faster)
Cons: had a problem with melter darkening the honey coming from it last year (1st year I had it); get a lot of wax in the holding tanks, which need to be skimmed on a daily basis (a real pain)