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    Question Heating honey

    I want to solar heat my honey for straining. What is the best temp for doing this? I saw this info somewhere on the net but can't find it now. The info wasn't about solar heating but the temps for honey period.

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    I would be careful solar heating your honey. You dont have any control over the heat. If a solar melter will melt wax it will darn sure heat the honey to hot. You would be better off making a hot box with a thermostat and light bulb. Another down fall is if you have bees close by and there is a dearth you will have every bee in a 3 mile radius comming around looking for a free meal.

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    I understand what you are thinking [I think] and trying to do. My one thought is that you wouldn't want direct sunlight on the honey for any length of time; would you? I imagine you would have to "devise" something that would take into account the temperature of the honey at all times; NOT above 100-120 F. for an hour or two. If you are extracting using the straining method, the combs in a container [sealed] out in the sun for an hour would warm the combs/honey sufficiently to be able to accomplish what you are looking for.

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    when I have honey crystallize I put it in the car with the windows rolled up on a hot day. turns it back to liquid just the right consistency for straining.
    and it's free

    Dave

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