Re: 20 hives - what sort of gear do you use?
I have 12 production hives and 6 started from nucs this year. I plan have around 20 hives until I get time for more or run out of energy for that many.
Uncapping - bread knife and scratcher. I saw a thread and youtube video a while back about using a heat gun. I'm going to try that once.
Extractor - 10 frame Maxant radial (old). Only have that because I got a good deal on a used one
Clean with soap and water
Fume board to remove bees from supers. I also then brush stragglers frame by frame and transfer to an empty box as I go.
I use two deeps for brood boxes and mediums for honey supers. But I've been thinking about going to all mediums or 8 frame equipment or both.
I melt cappings in a crock pot for now. Haven't gotten around to building a solar melter but it's on the list.
Store in 5 gal buckets and bottle from a 5 gal bucket with nylon gate. I want to go back and buy the Maxant bottling tank that was available from the person who sold me the extractor but I don't really have a place to put it. You should have asked about honey houses too. I extract in the garage, store and bottle in the basement. But I'm looking at getting a 14 X 24 or so shed for a honey house.
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