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  1. #1
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    Default Looking for affordable extarctor - new to this bee thing first year

    Hello,
    I have a hive of bees. This is my first year and I am ready to extract the honey but quite honestly do not have equipment. Can anyone tell me if the hand crank plastic units that sell for $150 are any good? Or is there a simpler way of getting the honey out. I only have one hive with 2 supers filled.
    Does anyone know where I can buy a used extractor in southern michigan?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Looking for affordable extarctor - new to this bee thing first year

    Use a hive tool and scrape the comb off the frames into a strainer and let it drain in a warm, bee proof, room.
    No need for an extractor.

  3. #3
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    Yukon, Oklahoma
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    Default Re: Looking for affordable extarctor - new to this bee thing first year

    Do not get the plastic extractor. I have quite a few hives and still to this day, scrape the combs and strain to get the honey. See if your bee club might have an extractor to rent/borrow if you really want to go that way.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Looking for affordable extarctor - new to this bee thing first year

    Thanks for the advice... Do I simply scrape the wax off and then suspend in warm room onto a strainer? Another question, what type of strainer do I need?

  5. #5
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    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Looking for affordable extarctor - new to this bee thing first year

    Welcome to the forum. Scrape it down to the foundation. Frames do not drain just because they are uncapped or warm. Ask your wife nicely for a large strainer or collander.
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Looking for affordable extarctor - new to this bee thing first year

    The smart beekeeper will purchase his/her own strainer or collander and keep their mitts off of their partners kitchenware.

  7. #7
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    May 2010
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    Lander, WY
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    Default Re: Looking for affordable extarctor - new to this bee thing first year

    I do the scrape and drain. Got a nylon strainer bag that fits into a 5 gal bucket with a honey gate. Bag cost $5.00, honey gate was $12.00 ? bucket was free, get one that has not had something with a strong odor in it, or buy a new one.
    I put the bag in the bucket suspended off the bottom, then set it in the truck cab on a sunny day, temp gets to 130F, let it drain all day.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Looking for affordable extarctor - new to this bee thing first year

    Check out this link I found.. I plan to make this extractor. I will let you know if it works. If not I will try the gravity thing. I figure for $28 I cant go wrong. Any thoughts?

    http://www.plantertomato.com/2010/09...or-for-28.html

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