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  1. #1
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    Default another honey stick problem

    argh !! I'm embarassed !
    I sealed one end of my clear jumbo straw...

    Put my warmed honey in a condiment dispenser with a tip that would fit into the straw. I cant get the honey to come out of the dispensor into the straw because of air pressure. I go to Tractor Supply and buy a syringe with a small tip but the tip must be too short because the honey still backs up and out of the top of the straw.

    For heavens sake... this isnt rocket science. What an I doing wrong ?



    charlotte

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    Default Re: another honey stick problem

    I have never used these or even seen ones you can fill yourself one at a time so I am no expert but have an idea. Get some clear tubing or some thing like it that will fit inside of the honey stick and is a couple of inches longer than the stick. Attach it to your large syringe that holds more honey than your stick. Insert it to the bottom of your sealed end. Push syringe plunger while pulling the stick off the fill line as the honey comes out. For large quantities you could use a air tight container/tank with valve(like the bottling tank fast cut off) on bottom attached to your fill line/tube pointing down. Have air fill/valve stem on top to pressurize tank to push out honey. You will need a way to fill tank and clean it inside-[air tight lid]. Then you could use one hand( or your foot with right valve) to operate fill valve at the speed you need it and the other for pulling the straw off as it gets filled.

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    Default Re: another honey stick problem

    I just paid and engineer to design a fully automated straw machine.
    Here is my $5000 answer.
    From looking at the plans and way honey flows into straws you can't seal either end of the straw until it is filled.

    Good luck,
    Ron Householder

  4. #4
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    Default Re: another honey stick problem

    This link may help. Tim talks about using a pressurized tank he bought off eBay.
    Blue Sky Bee Supply
    Quality Bee Supplies, Bees and Containers!

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    Default Re: another honey stick problem

    Ditto to what honeyhouseholder said. Due to pressures, neither end can be sealed off. Two impulse sealers spaced the proper distance, straws palced on a slotted rack to hold them in position is the set up needed. One could seal one end, then insert a small diameter tube and fill, but that gets messy. I've tried. Our straw machine has come off the drawing board and into testing, but it is not fully automatic. There is still a lot of hand action needed. A fully auto machine would take a ton of $$ to design and engineer. I wish honeyhouseholder luck with his. A better 'mousetrap', as they say is certainly needed in the industry.

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    Default Re: another honey stick problem

    I understand what you guys are talking about but I'm not trying for an automatic machine to produce thousands. I know there are folks on here who fill a few hundred for festivals by hand. However, I seem to be "search engine" impaired on this website.

    I think I'll have to try to find a smaller diameter tube to place inside the straw.

    thanks
    charlotte

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    Default Re: another honey stick problem

    search for HONEY STRAWS you will get 3 pages atleast RDY-B

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    Default Re: another honey stick problem

    Seal the straw(s) AFTER you fill them. Use a syringe for injecting marinade or one you can get from a US Plastics. This site will help you a lot. http://honeyrunapiaries.com/blog/hon...ual-version/40

    Basically...warm the honey, fill the syringe, squirt the honey into the straw, and THEN seal the ends of the straw. Oh and then clean up any drips.
    Rohe Bee Ranch "Free Range Bees"
    http://www.rohebeeranch.com

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    Default Re: another honey stick problem

    and Rohe Bee it is on the head.
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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    Default Re: another honey stick problem

    thanks guys, I'll give it another try !

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