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    Default Suitable pump for making honey straws/sticks

    Can anyone recommend a suitable pump for a honey straw filling device? It seems that due to the viscosity of honey there are not many suitable pumps for working with low volumes of honey. Currently I am looking at something like this http://www.verderflex.com/file.php/284/M1500.pdf
    I am looking at a filling rate of about 600ml/minute.

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    Default Re: Suitable pump for making honey straws/sticks

    you have to heat the honey to make it work. i do not think.... I know..... it wont work with honey at room temp.

    All of the machine out there are not good. There is someone working on one now that is almost done but it will cust only $5000

    We have fill ours and do about 4,000 plus a week.
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    Default Re: Suitable pump for making honey straws/sticks

    Contact the manufacturer for their specs on what centistokes or viscosity rating the pump will handle. This unit will probably work fine, I think if I had to do it again, I'd use a two roller peristaltic pump similar to the unit your link takes us to. The honey will need to be heated as Chef stated. Finding a proper heater was more of a challange than a pump when I did my prototype.

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    Default Re: Suitable pump for making honey straws/sticks

    What you want is a gear pump. They will work with high viscosity or low viscosity fluids.
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    Default Re: Suitable pump for making honey straws/sticks

    Quote Originally Posted by magnet-man View Post
    What you want is a gear pump. They will work with high viscosity or low viscosity fluids.
    I know a guy who uses a small gear pump with a hand crank - he can turn out a lot of straws in a short time. He turns the crank with the right hand and all other motion like inserting straws onto a hose barb fitting, etc. with the left.

    A peristaltic pump like the link shows are variable speed, DC motors that work with fairly high viscosity liquids. They are compact, affordable and smooth in operation. Mine works fairly well, but the bugs aren't worked out enough to share with others yet. A really small food-grade variable speed motorized gear pump for a decent price that I felt would work in small volumes for straw filling is something I haven't found in any of my research. I suppose a guy could rig up a small variable speed DC motor to drive a gear pump, connect it to a foot switch for keeping your hands free to work straws.

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    Default Re: Suitable pump for making honey straws/sticks

    Does anyone have plans for one of these they could post or point to? I looked at sending my honey out to fill in straws and it was very expensive. thanks

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