I am just curious..... if one starts bottling honey with a 5 gallon bottling bucket, what would hte next step up be if they were bottling tons of honey a week?
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That is the next logical step. I have a similar bottling tank from Kelley's. But if I were bottling "TONS" of honey every week, I would seriously consider the automatic filler.
This would not only be easier, but it would also prevent those small overfills which would waste a lot of honey when your moving that much product.
In my view, "tons" of honey is a lot more than the "next step up" from the amount of honey you bottle with a 5-gallon dispenser. For me, the next step up was a 55-gallon drum (food grade) with a honey gate on it. The drum costs around $25 and the gate added just a little more.
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5 gallon buckets work well for me. If I needed more, then I guess 55 gal drums would be the order of the day. At least I do have a tractor with front forks so could move the barrels around on pallets. One of those barrels full of golden honey weighs in at 600lbs or more.
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