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    Default A Top Bar comb weighs about 8 pounds....

    when the comb is crushed and seperated from the honey, what volume of honey will we be left with? - Mike

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    Default Re: A Top Bar comb weighs about 8 pounds....

    I think that would depend entirely on the size and shape of your hive, which would dictate the size and shape of your comb.

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    Default Re: A Top Bar comb weighs about 8 pounds....

    Well, weigh an empty bar and subtract that weight, so all you are dealing with is comb and honey. Then, per this link on Michael Bush's site:

    "A pound (0.4536 kg.) of beeswax, when made into comb, will hold 22 pounds (10 kg.) of honey. In an unsupported comb the stress on the topmost cells is the greatest; a comb one foot (30 cm.) deep supports 1320 times its own weight in honey."

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesharvest.htm
    the combined weight in the example above is 23 lbs, and 22 of that is honey, equalling about 95% honey. So if your net comb and honey is 8 lbs minus 1 lbs bar weight =7*.95 or 6.6 lbs of honey. YMMV
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: A Top Bar comb weighs about 8 pounds....

    That is the honey amount in the comb, but how much honey will not be recovered by crush and strain? I have heard numbers from 0% to 15% remaining with the comb.
    Buzz Abbott
    USDA zone 11a, Western Garden zone 24 (75 ft elev. n34.0w118.47)

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    Default Re: A Top Bar comb weighs about 8 pounds....

    @ Buzz , that depends on you, if it just drips out. Then up to 15 Percent, I let mine drain for ar least 5 days. Then I twist my 5gal paint strainer bag. Until no honey comes out, then I wash my wax and feed the water back to the bees. I did a partial post of the process in the Warre forum.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson "To map out a course of action and follow it to the end requires courage". John 3;17

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    Default Re: A Top Bar comb weighs about 8 pounds....

    My calculations as following:
    From 4 full truncated Lang-style medium frames (foundationless, no sides, no bottom, basically just top bar) I got 5 kg of pure homey (crush-strain). Approximately 1 kg of honey remained in the wax (my estimate). I wash the wax and have a gallon of honey-water for mead and I got 200 gr of pure wax. So, 4 medium frames, 5 kg honey, 0.2 kg wax and 1 gallon of mead. Also, fibrous material left after wax water purification used as a plant food. These numbers are stable for my process. I noticed that the same size frames with foundation have at least 30% less honey in it. Sergey
    Last edited by cerezha; 08-01-2012 at 03:08 PM.

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