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  1. #1
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    Default Heat gun uncapping

    I just saw this video of a guy using a heat gun to uncap his honey, what are your thoughts? anyone every tried this? pro-cons?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL7vbrJ6Pvw

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    Default Re: Heat gun uncapping

    Have not tried it. Not sure pros or cons. I have discussed this with my friend to some extent. My only concern would be carmelizing the honey right on the surface and getting melted wax flung inside my extractor.

    Again I have never tried it and maybe those are not concerns. Just my thoughts.

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    Default Re: Heat gun uncapping

    i've never use a hot knife simply because i don't have one. is it really necessary to use a heated knife?
    Last edited by genie; 01-20-2012 at 12:11 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Default Re: Heat gun uncapping

    The heat gun works well. It's fast. The wax melts and congeles so quickly around the very edges of the each cell that you needn't worry about wax being flung around. The heat does not remain very long near the honey so it doesn't seem to taint the honey at all, in contrast with a heated uncapping knife. I used to use a vibrating fish fileting knife to uncap, it worked quite well. Presently have Kelley's vibrating knife which is not heated when used (but it can be) and I wouldn't do without it. OMTCW

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    Default Re: Heat gun uncapping

    I still want to build one of these! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2tBl...eature=related Don't know why that won't work search russian uncapping knife on this forum.

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    Default Re: Heat gun uncapping

    I had to roll some candles and the wax sheets had bloomed and the sheets were brittle. They were no longer sticking either. So I has debating the heat gun or the hair dryer. I'm glad I did the hair dryer first, because at full heat it did melt the wax. Anyway it was nice to see the bloom disappear and the wax turning into the original state. I was able to roll them and they did not break up any longer. They point is you may be able to use a hair dryer instead. I would worry about the honey scorching with the heat gun.
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    Default Re: Heat gun uncapping

    I really like the heat gun.......no cappings to mess with, honey extracts clean & does not harm the honey or the comb.............of course, I've only +- 20 hives.............

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    Default Re: Heat gun uncapping

    Just watched a video on this. Looks sweet but who knows. If you are rendering beeswax this would pretty much put an end to that.

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    Default Re: Heat gun uncapping

    One of our members demonstrated it at our last meeting. I couldn't believe how fast & clean it was.
    He said to be careful not to turn the heat to high, I think he used the low setting on his $8 harbor freight gun.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Heat gun uncapping

    Has the heat any effect on plastic frames?

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    Default Re: Heat gun uncapping

    He moved the heat gun across the frame so quickly, I doubt the plastic even got warm. Uncapped 1/2 a frame in about 3 seconds.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Heat gun uncapping

    Most of my honey frames are newly drawn and all were tightly spaced so lots of low spots the capping knife misses. Scratching capping sure puts lots of wax slush in the honey. Got to give that a try some time in the next couple of weeks!

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