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  1. #1
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    Default Gravity Honey Extractor Kit

    I just ran across this:

    http://www.Greenbeehives.com/gravityextractor.html



    It seems that someone on the forum was talking about this ...

    The instructions say to place the contraption in a small room that is kept at 80 to 90F.
    " If needed, a small space heater can help reach that temperature, and lower the humidity at the same time."

    I can't tell from the picture if that's a thermometer or a clock. If a clock is included in the kit, I wonder if it could be exchanged for a calendar for a modest fee.
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Gravity Honey Extractor Kit

    Why not just put the tub with strainer under a working hive. The bees keep it at 95 degrees to raise brood. If it will flow at 90 it will flow better at 95, but wait it doesn't.
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: Gravity Honey Extractor Kit

    I guess, since we keep bees, we simply must have enough patience for this gizmo to work? Naw, not me.
    "If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Gravity Honey Extractor Kit

    Me too StevenG. I would never be that patient even if I only had one hive. I would also expect dripping honey to gather more moisture from the air. But, I guess it must meet someones needs.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Gravity Honey Extractor Kit

    I have placed upside down un-capped frames on a cookie sheet in the back of our SUV. on a sunny day it gets to 130 F. Works just ok for 2 or 3 frames.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Gravity Honey Extractor Kit

    Heh,heh, And then you forget and take off for the store over those great WY roads only to find all that honey all over the back. lol

    I guess if it works for ya, do it.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Gravity Honey Extractor Kit

    The above system requires you to uncap the honey and then turn the frame upside down in the box that has been designed to hold the frames upside down with out falling over. Bees build their comb on a 15 degree angle upward from the back to the front so the honey will stay in the comb while it is being ripened. This same angle is used to help drain the honey when the frame is inverted. Still it is a slow process. Usually takes 3-4 days, but with the low humidity due to a nation wide drought this year the honey has a lower water content than usual and it is taking even longer this year to drain.

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    Default Re: Gravity Honey Extractor Kit

    I would think I would crush the comb before I did all that, like said earlier, even with one hive. I think it would be just like extracting the 18% would be the first to come out but this fall we had some at 16% and it took some real speed in the extractor and warm honey to come out of those cells. You could always set it out in the middle of the bee yard. The bees would get the honey out for you!

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