I don't really get any cappings because I use a heat gun for uncapping , I don't like dealing with the cappings.
I do however , get some blown out combs when I get a little too enthusiastic on the hand powered extractor.
So far I have just been draining it in a colander inside a larger bowl , then let the bees clean the rest.
I bought a cheap salad spinner from our local second hand store , and will try that next year , I figure if you break it up and situate it evenly around the basket , it should spin out fairly well , has anyone tried it?
IT SHOULD WORK.
Maybe you could use this method also?
I built my first solar heater this summer. Since I was having problems getting the wax out of the pan after it cooled I started putting water in with wax. That let me cut around the wax to get most of it from the pan. Thanks for the advice OD, I just never thought of the honey replacing the water. It looks like your melters are liquid tight, and that it drains into a separate 'chamber' is that right?
I thought there is very little honey left over after I crush and strain, but next batch I will give it a go and see how much there really is.
I was just given a solar collector melter that someone made from a satellite dish. I haven;t had a chance to play with it yet, but think it will have the advantage of being able to access while still in use without losing all the heat.
I have a meat thermometer in my solar melter and on a sunny warm day I have read temps of 170.
USDA zone 11a, Western Garden zone 24 (75 ft elev. n34.0w118.47)
No offense bubbles but that looks like a huge pita
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No offense taken, Moon. At least it is the cheapest and maybe even fastest way to harvest honey and beeswax. :-)
Nice set-up. If I ever raise bees on 5 hives or more, I think I'll get one like yours. How much did it cost you second hand?
I fill my one gallon pickle jar feeders with the honey/cappings, add just a little water, and shake them well. Then overturn them to feed the honey mix to my bees. Works very well, I then put the cappings in my solar wax melter where they melt down quickly. OMTCW