Re: Sump, pump, filter or pail?
Alf57, how many colonies are you running? That sounds like a nice setup. I'm currently running 26, but because of weather, didn't get a large crop this year...still expanding too.
My setup is a 20 frame Dadant, drain into 5 gal. bucket slowly, to keep some honey in the extractor as weight. I bought a Kelley 85 gal. jacketed tank, with their strainer screen. I took two 1x4's, and made an X to fit inside the strainer, dividing it into 4 compartments.
I then put a piece of strainer screen in each compartment. I pour a bucket into a compartment. The next bucket of honey goes into the next compartment... I'll have two sections straining at the same time. And when the strainers start to clog, I'll pull them, put them all into the 4th compartment to drain, while putting new strainer material in the now empty compartment... Clogged strainers no longer slow me down. And at the end of the day, the honey is ready to bottle.
As I get bigger (going to 50-60 colonies), I'll definitely consider sump and pump.
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