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    Default What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    I finally pulled the trigger on a Maxant 3100 extractor as my hives already have two and three full supers and working diligently on more. I did not think I would be able to keep up with it using crush and strain. I am making boxes like crazy also trying to stay ahead of the girls. Anyway; I have never owned an extractor before nor have I seen them used so I am wondering what people do for cleaning after use. Do people dismantle the unit and scrub all the surfaces or just run a good cleaning material over all the surfaces and rinse? Seems like a dumb question looking at it now but I really do not want to mess this up doing too little or waste efforts doing to much. Thank you in advance for your answers.

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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Garden hose - just clean water.

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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Yeah, garden hose works great. I personally will give the girls a day or two to clean it out themselves. Just leave it outside the honey shack for a day or two and they will clean out most everything.
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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Yup, water. Hot water will work faster, of course. But, just water.
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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    I have a Maxant 3100 also, and I take the motor off and rinse it out in our shower. Hot water works MUCH better than cold. Definitely make sure there's a screen over your drain to catch the wax though!!!

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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Why would you rinse your extractor motor off in the shower. That doesn't seem like a good idea.
    Last edited by sqkcrk; 06-28-2012 at 06:26 AM. Reason: spelling error
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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Any time I leave wax or honey out for the bees to clean up all hell breaks loose. I rinse mine out with warm water.

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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    LOL I didn't phrase that very well did I? I take the motor off so it doesn't get wet, then put the EXTRACTOR in the shower. :-)

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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Oh. I see.

    Thought so. I just thought it a funny thing. lol
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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    LOL I am sure the "it" was the extractor and not the motor.

    I suspect putting the extractor in the shower might put me over the threshold for my wife.

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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Just to add two cents. I clean mine first using cold water. An old beekeeper recommended this to me some years ago. His theory was that you remove most of the wax with the cold water. If you start with hot, some of the wax will soften and find nooks and crannies to get stuck in. And in an extractor there are plenty of places for that.
    Again, just my two cents.
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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    I throw mine in the back of my truck and head down to the car wash where I give it a good spraying down. I cover the motor with a plastic bag.
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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Are you asking an FDA inspector or are you concerned about ruining the extractor?
    I use a plastic barrel which might be easier to clean than stainless steel judging on how the wax and propolis sticks to the pots I use. First the bees feast and then a cold water rinse with a the garden hose. I little sanitizer and rinse before next use.
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Let the bees clean it

    Remove motor/basket

    rinse with cold water and flake off what wax and propolis you can. The colder the water the better for this part.

    leave in sun to heat up.

    rinse with hot water.

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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    I clean with cold water. then dry the inside and out before putting it away. I don't take the motor or basket off.

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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Let the bees clean it, then rinse out.
    No need to take off the motor unless you
    like to get a little wild with the hose.
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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Due to the risk of spreading disease, I would NOT recommend letting the bees clean it out. Don't get greedy for that little bit of honey, water works fine.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roland View Post
    Due to the risk of spreading disease, I would NOT recommend letting the bees clean it out.
    I suppose that depends on how many hives you have and how many out yards you have. For us hobiest with just a few hives sitting a few feet from each other, its unlikely that hive A has a disease that hive B doesnt. If you fall into that category, letting the girls clean out the extractor is certainly a good way to reduce lean up time and recycle a few cups of honey.

    As to the method, i do like taxonomy post #15 said.

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    Default Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    Break it down then cold water then hot water, a little Dawn, rinse well, swish with bleach water, rinse well, dry, then cover and store then all I have to do is uncover and use next time. The longest part is the drying.

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