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  1. #1
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    Default diy honey gate valves

    I was planning on picking up some 5 gallon buckets from Dunkin Donuts. In terms of a honey gate...is that something one can buy a part from home depot. I have seen their plastic ball valves and was wondering if that was sufficient or does the gate need to be a specific food grade plastic?

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    they do sell just the honey gates at some of the bee supply places, just make sure you get at least a 2" gate.

    I hear anything smaller and the honey will not flow well.
    When your ship comes in, make sure you are willing to unload it.

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    Brushy Mtn sells the gate here for 12.49

    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com....asp?pcode=873
    Troy

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    You can use any of the larger brass ball valves or the plastic ball valves. The honey gates that the bee supply houses sell are a little on the spendy side and I have been unable to find them anywhere else. On the up side they are less mess than the ball valves because they cut off at the end of the valve instead of the middle.
    Always question Conventional Wisdom.

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    Default wine supplies

    you might want to try a wine making supply outfit. I make wine and use some of the same valves and I think they are cheaper

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    O have bought honey gates from Dadant & Mann Lake and I like the one from Dadant best, just works better.
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    Go with a honey gate, easy to use. I use Dadant's.
    Curtis

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    If you buy the brass ball valve, you can cut the excess space off the end and it makes a very fine honey gate. The plastic ones from the bee suppliers are cheaper.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    thanks for all the info. due to the responses i just went ahead and ordered some honey gates from Miller Bee Supply which is local to me.

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    I use brass ball valves. I have a 2 inch one on the bulk tank and a 1 inch valve on the bottling tank. We just machined the threads away on the one side.
    Columbia City, Indiana

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