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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Cheapest way to harvest cappings

    Quote Originally Posted by bhfury View Post
    If you are talking high enough temperatures to melt the wax, won't that also burn the honey?
    so essentially it will alter the honey. It doesnt burn it. It carmelizes it. Its still honey and its still edible. I was just pointing out an absolute cheap and effective way to seperate the honey from wax.

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Cheapest way to harvest cappings

    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.

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Cheapest way to harvest cappings

    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    I dont doubt they work. Im wondering how effective they are for folks that produce alot of cappings? I guess I was asking for first hand experience of the actual capabilities of solar wax melters.
    I solar melt about ten five gallon buckets of cappings a year or more. On a hot day they melt is so fast the honey is no where near caramelized, just over heated. Fine for cooking. This year I melted both last years cappings and this years. My melter can fit 5 gallons plus.
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  4. #24
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    Default Re: Cheapest way to harvest cappings

    Maybe you could use this method also?

    http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11272

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Cheapest way to harvest cappings

    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.
    Buzz Abbott
    USDA zone 11a, Western Garden zone 24 (75 ft elev. n34.0w118.47)

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Cheapest way to harvest cappings

    No offense bubbles but that looks like a huge pita
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 11-04-2012 at 01:32 PM. Reason: UNQuote
    We the willing have done so much with so little for so long we can now do anything with nothing

  7. #27
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    Default Re: Cheapest way to harvest cappings

    No offense taken, Moon. At least it is the cheapest and maybe even fastest way to harvest honey and beeswax. :-)

  8. #28
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    Default Re: Cheapest way to harvest cappings

    depends what cheap is, but a second hand grape crusher might be the go. This saves me ehaps of time

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  9. #29
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    Default Re: Cheapest way to harvest cappings

    To Robbo,

    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?

  10. #30
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    Default Re: Cheapest way to harvest cappings

    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

  11. #31
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    Default Re: Cheapest way to harvest cappings

    Quote Originally Posted by Robbo View Post
    a second hand grape crusher might be the go.
    Had that same idea this year but all the presses I could find were really pricey so I said heck w/it and just rinsed my caps in the sink. Gotta go yard sale-ing in the spring I guess. Good to know it really works though. Thanks.

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