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  1. #1
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    had a rainy day so i got my little camera and took some video. ran both lines today and did 1020 deeps!!!!! not too shabby

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpRRawVyEGM
    Greg Stahlman; Stahlman Apiaries Inc.

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    Thanks for sharing this!
    As a hobbyist Im happy with my 2 hives, but it sure is cool to see the efficiency you guys can achieve and the machines and workers that help make it possible.
    I hope you have a great harvest
    JA.

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    I think I will stop complaining when I have to clean my 3100!! Very cool to see a big operation in action...Thx!

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    For sure, thanks for sharing.

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    Watching your video makes me want to run all deeps. Do you barrel or tanker your honey?

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    Default Re: extracting honey

    Give us droolers a idea of cost on that setup and how long it is going to take to pay off the investment.

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    Default Re: extracting honey

    shoot all your missing is a bottling line to send out to stores

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    Default Re: extracting honey

    At 53 years old, do I have time to get that big? John

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    Default Re: extracting honey

    Greg, I have a cpl of questions. At 1:32 into the video it looks like a frame of brood going thru the uncapper. How often does this happen? Also how long does it take to spin out 120 frames in the extractor? Run time?

    Neat operation.

    Johnny
    "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain

  10. #10
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    yeah that is a frame of brood. we try to sort the brood out in the bee yard, but some frames still get extracted. i'm not positive but a load of deeps takes about 11 minutes and a load of shallows takes around 9 min.
    Greg Stahlman; Stahlman Apiaries Inc.

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    Default Re: extracting honey

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    Jay

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    Default Re: extracting honey

    nice set up gregg so how many people are working there? i counted 8 is that right? how big of storage tanks do you have? And how are you melting you wax after it is spun?

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    Default Re: extracting honey

    we have four 1000 gal storage tanks for holding honey. for melting wax, we have 2 600 gal milk coolers that are filled with about 4 inches of water. the bottom is lined with copper steam coils. we scoop about 11 barrels of wax onto each tank and then shoot the steam to it. after about 2-3 hours all the wax will be liquified and can be skimmed off. with good clean wax we get about 75 40lb blocks every time we process wax
    Greg Stahlman; Stahlman Apiaries Inc.

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    Hey Greg, What did your new line cost you, and is both of your lines the same make.
    Hope your season is going well.
    Ron

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    Default Re: extracting honey

    Great video - thanks.
    Do you scrape bottom of frames at all? Does one guy feed boxes onto both uncapper lines? Nice looking frames - very few dark comb. What kind of honey being processed?

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    Default Re: extracting honey

    huge production facility!
    how many boxes do you extract in one production day?
    what method do you use to clear bees?
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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