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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We the willing have done so much with so little for so long we can now do anything with nothing
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