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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Possible low-effort, low-mess honey extraction idea.

    How big of a fire hazard is melting bee's wax in the oven or directly on the stove top anyway? I was always tought never to melt wax in anything other then a double boiler. I kind of like the idea of melting wax in a crock pot to get the excess honey out to feed back.. croc pots are cheap at the thrift store.

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Possible low-effort, low-mess honey extraction idea.

    Oven or stove top can result in very bad things. A double boiler or crockpot is best for melting wax.
    Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid. John Wayne

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Possible low-effort, low-mess honey extraction idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by bigevilgrape View Post
    How big of a fire hazard is melting bee's wax in the oven or directly on the stove top anyway? I was always tought never to melt wax in anything other then a double boiler. I kind of like the idea of melting wax in a crock pot to get the excess honey out to feed back.. croc pots are cheap at the thrift store.
    What method would you use to feed this back?

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Possible low-effort, low-mess honey extraction idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by alpha6 View Post
    Never could understand why a metal garbage can with a half horse motor on top should cost 1000 bucks.
    AMEN!! Must be the fact it is food grade?

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Possible low-effort, low-mess honey extraction idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrspock View Post
    What method would you use to feed this back?
    No clue, I just heard it asked about in this thread. I do know I want to try my hand at candle making, which means the honey has to be pretty free of wax.

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Possible low-effort, low-mess honey extraction idea.

    I would never do this for anything but well drained cappings. The heat will ruin the honey for anything but baking.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  7. #27
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    Default Re: Possible low-effort, low-mess honey extraction idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by Countryboy View Post
    My Grandma's brother ran about 70 hives. He produced a lot of comb honey in basswood boxes. His son told me that whenever someone wanted jar honey, his Mom would chunk combs in a large cakepan, and then put it in the oven on a low heat - just enough to melt the wax. Once all the wax had melted, they would allow it to cool, and then break the wax off the top, and pour off the honey.

    You could do the same thing with a crockpot too.
    Good old Richard Taylor used to keep bees w/ a smoker, veil and pocket knife, no hive tool. All of the honey he produced was comb honey. I don't know if he ever produced any liquid honey.
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  8. #28
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    Default Re: Possible low-effort, low-mess honey extraction idea.

    He did...he shows his honey house set up in his book "The how to book of beekeeping".
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Possible low-effort, low-mess honey extraction idea.

    I've been kicking this idea around for a while...I'm not terribly mechanically inclined, but it looks like an extractor for less than 50 bucks not including the power drill (though I guess you could use a hand crank)

    http://www.scienceinafrica.co.za/200...yextractor.htm

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