Since Warré beeks do not reuse comb, an efficient method for pressing honey and rendering wax must be found. Also many honey users disdain the abused honey flung from capped comb by centrifugal extractors. One solution to these issues employs the slow manual press known as the Stade (shtah-deh) press used since the skep era in Germany. If you go to youtube you can find some 30+-year old documentaries on heather honey beeking at the Klindworth apiary in the Saxony region of Germany. Stades are used for pressing the thick heather honey, and in hot-rendering wax.
For those wishing to buy such a press, the simple answer is that you can't. But for the aid of DIYers I have uploaded to the sketchup warehouse a model of an updated Stade called the Templeton-Stade press, reflecting some design updates. The design works well and I release it to the beekeeping public for the betterment of the community.
Go to "Templeton-Stade Honey & Wax Press" (http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...bf0eea2b154a39) to access the model. I believe the free version of sketchup can be used to view it.
The warehouse notes I added got format-mangled courtesy of google, but they're pasted below:
-- The press is intended to be used at an incline, i.e. back (crank) end elevated to allow natural drainage of honey & wax/water out front.
-- A sturdy pressing sack holding honey comb must be used.
-- A heavy grade of fine poly/cotton/linen fabric must be used for hot-water rendering of wax.
-- Keeping the pressing room warm (35C/95°F) is essential to keep honey flowing.
-- A bulldog/A-frame 1000-lbf. jack is used, disassembled, stripped, relubed with food-safe beeswax/mineral-oil (and kept coated externally with same).
-- It is inadvisable to use wood glues or epoxies in construction. All glues will fail during washing-up or hot-water application.
-- Food-grade stainless hardware only! Types 18/8 or 316 advisable. Zinc-plated or mild steel will corrode and taint your honey.
-- Prototype built of red oak and waterproof marine-grade plywood. Built like a brick sh!thouse and weighs a ton, but should hold up under use and not self-destruct.
-- Food-grade plastic mesh on the piston and platen grid facings may be beneficially used.
Refer to youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnu0UGxnJWA to see the press in action.
Good luck and happy pressing!