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    Default Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    I recently bought an old(50 years possibly) 4 frame Farm Master extractor off of Craigslist. I am fairly sure that it is galvanized. The spout looks to be a bit rusty and the drum and basket seems to be a bit dirty. It spins very well and seems like it will work great. I am guessing that it had been sitting in an older garage for the last 5-10 years. I would like to use it this fall for my first time of honey extracting, but I am a bit concerned about the safety of galvanized and how to clean it up so it is usuable for honey extracting. I am planning on extracting and then straining it out immediately after, and then bottling, so the honey would not be sitting in the drum very long. It seems that the biggest scare about galvanized extractors is the use of lead. It makes me wonder then, what did beekeepers do 50 years ago when most if not all extractors were galvanized? Thanks, juzzerbee

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    Default Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    Should not be a problem. in fact probably the next best thing to stainless steel. Problems with galvanized occur well over 1000 F and breathing the fumes, I'm not aware of lead being associated with galvanized metal. How do you know it is galvanized? I'm a blacksmith/metalsmith and have a hard time, sometimes, telling. If only 50 years old it may well
    be stainless, I'm 62 years old and I'm stainless

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    Default Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    Some buy epoxy food grade coating and paint. Some do. some don't worry about it.
    There is a chem reaction in the ph of honey and the zinc in the metal but it is of a minor value.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    Should be no problem...

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    Default Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    I use a galvanized extractor and I have notice that every time I go near it I get tired and sore, it started happening so much this spring that I bought a stainless steel extractor that was bigger and much nicer but the same thing happened I got tired and sore, every time I walked by it .it must be the lead . I was thinking about getting a study together and see if anyone else was having the same problem.I spoke with some very old bee keepers and they confirmed that they had the same experience when they walked by a galvanized extractor, but they also said he was better in the winter. One claimed that when he ate the honey most of the pain went away.I am starting to notice every time I walk by my lawn mower I get the same sensation, I will look today and see if it has any galvanized parts.

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    Default Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    Quote Originally Posted by flbee View Post
    I use a galvanized extractor and I have notice that every time I go near it I get tired and sore, <<snip>> I was thinking about getting a study together and see if anyone else was having the same problem.<snip>
    You can probably get a government grant for at least several hundred thousand dollars...it sounds like a green job. Of course, to prove the green-ness of it you will need a nice stainless steel, powered one to compare it to so you might could get the grant up closer to a million. Just thinking...

    Ed

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    Default Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    I also just got my hands on an old galvanized extractor, and I was thinking of camcoting the interior and doing like a rustoleum paint on the outside just to pretty it up a bit. Since I am only painting the exterior I should be ok ...right?

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    Default Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    Hey Alan277 I am getting ready to do the same thing to mine. Its in good shape now and I've used it several years, but I want to clean it up a bit so I got the epoxy coating from Kelley and I'm going to repaint the outside. I think we would be doing the right thing...........I have never been afraid to use the galvanized one as long as its is clean and no honey for use left sitting in it
    Last edited by wheeler88; 06-17-2012 at 01:16 AM.
    Matt....

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    Default Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    Wheeler...my thoughts exactly..as long as the honey does not sit in it we should be OK...as others have said...its been used like that for decades. How are you planning on painting the outside..I read online that painting galvanized is tricky. It was recommended to use an etching primer, before painting. Are you thinking of brushing paint on or spraying?

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    Default Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    Krylon H2O, but don't use the primer. Google it.

    Ed

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    Default Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    You brought up a good point on the painting. Mine has been repainted once before and has held up good over the years, but it is starting to look worn. What ever is on it has done it well. I will have to investgate the painting issue. I may be able to just repaint over mine, but I will check into it......
    Matt....

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    Default Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    Found out all we have to do to paint galvanized metal is alittle sanding if needed and wash with a vinegar/water solutation before painting. Like Intheswamp said don't use any primer.... I think I will be spraying mine........
    Matt....

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    Default Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    i have a old galvanized power ext. that i bought used about 30 years ago. it was slightly rusty. sanded,washed with vinegar, rinsed,primed with primer made for galv. metal, then put 2 coats of epoxy ester made by cambridge coatings.inside & out. have recoated 1 time since then. it looks good & works good. use it every year. i bought the epoxy from kelly's.
    wishbone

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