I found someone locally willing to give me a first hand lesson on taking honey. He had a full super and was nice enough to show me what to do when taking honey. Everything went well untill we started extracting the honey, the combs just blew apart, all ten of them and what a mess! I not knowing exactly what happened sheepishly said, Is this normal ? He said that he had never had that happen before and he had been keeping bees and radial extracting for years. He doesn't use or have the internet so I told him I would post on here to get some answers. I noticed( but didn't say anything) when we uncapped the combs, there seemed like there wasn't any or very few cells. Maybe it was because there was so much honey. The frames were full and very heavy. I am planning on buying a small extractor but if this is what I am in for, I think I will pass. Anyone ever had this experience ?