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  1. #1
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    Default Bad Honey Gate

    Don't buy this gate, it sucks. Drips honey all over the jar, does not seal well. Wing nuts don't adjust easily. I don't remember where I go it, but I found this picture on the site of a supplier down south. I have ones from other suppliers that are much better. I will give this to the first person who picks it up. I was yelling at it all after noon. Why are the old cast ones for steel tanks no longer offered? Lead content?


  2. #2
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    Default Re: Bad Honey Gate

    Doesn't Mann Lake have steel ones?

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    Default Re: Bad Honey Gate

    Funny that you brought this one up, ODFRANK: I finished bottling almost a month ago, but have been stewing over this darn gate ever since. I have one of these purchased from Mann-Lake back in 2009. It was part of a bucket / gate / strainer combo. It's not a terrible leaker, but it drips just enough at odd places on the gate to screw things up. I've tried different flow rates, different bucket angles, different closure rates to no avail. I have added the inconvenient step of wiping the top and bottom of the gate with a paper towel after every 2 or 3 jars.
    -Phil Domeier
    www.nowthenhoney.com

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    Default Re: Bad Honey Gate

    This is a long shot and not likely the case but occasionally overtightening can bow the gate and take sealing pressure off the center portion. Tighter on the wingnuts not necessarily more leakproof. I have several from mann lake that do not leak but not sure if they are the identical construction.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Bad Honey Gate

    I just hand tighten mine and no issues, plastic ones from ML and I try not to crank down on them.

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    Default Re: Bad Honey Gate

    You might try replaceing the "O-ring" or rubbing some vaseline on your "O-ring".

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Bad Honey Gate

    How does the stainless gate attach to a bucket?

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