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    Default Finally extracted our honey

    Well we finally got a Sunday free where we could extract our honey.
    Not a big harvest this year but I aggressively split the one hive that made it through the 2011-2012 winter a couple of times and ended up with three active hives. I probably took honey on two hives that I shouldn’t have so if I loose two it may be to starvation or mites. Next spring we will see and learn.
    Extractor improvements:
    I changed the mounting of the 3 inch PVC center pipe using a toilet flange that was machined down and drilled to accept screws on the ceiling fan. This worked great. It uses a O-ring (normally for sealing) to drive the center tube which carries the frames on metal clips. A lexan plate covers the motor ventilation holes and acts as a slinger for any honey that drips on it.
    The wooden top bearing brace was painted and a section was cut out to facilitate loading of the frames without removing the brace. Cabinet drawer ball bearings were added (4) to prevent chafing of the PVC on wood that happened in the prototype. The brace was also screwed to the plastic barrel so I did not have to hold it in like last year. It is now a hands off extractor. Some of you thought that was a big issue.
    The wiring was run through the center of the PVC tube to eliminate the wire being in the path of the wet honey.
    Four stainless angles were added to the bottom of the barrel as feet to lift the barrel so as not to touch in the center and give the system more stability. Of course shimmy is to be expected if frames of different weight are added in an unsymmetrical pattern. As you can see in the video these frames were pretty well matched.

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    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: updated extractor

    good job ace. is the bottom part a ceiling fan?
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: updated extractor

    oh, and how was the honey?
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: updated extractor

    Nice work!

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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Totally amazing. I absolutely love your extractor!

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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Very impressive!

    I was thinking of trying to build something similar , but was just too busy this summer when honey time came around.

    I ended up buying a six frame stainless extractor for about $500.

    What was your cost to build that?
    Is that a motor designed for an extractor?

    Again , impressive.

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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Good job Ace.Am I seeing this right?Is the fan motor inside the extractor?

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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    It sure is.
    Quote Originally Posted by gone2seed View Post
    Good job Ace.Am I seeing this right?Is the fan motor inside the extractor?
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Did you ever consider mounting the motor under the barrel?
    BeeCurious
    5 hives and 8 nucs................... Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Quote Originally Posted by jwbee View Post
    What was your cost to build that?
    Is that a motor designed for an extractor?

    Again , impressive.
    Well if you are not going to get too technical including gas mileage and such I spent less than 20 bucks (mostly electrical fittings). The stainless steel stock I had in my basement but that is not more than 30 bucks.
    The motor is a ceiling fan motor which is perfect for the application as long as you don't let any honey get in it. The slinger disc and toilet flange worked perfect. This time we barely got honey on the floor.
    My biggest issue was a lot of the honey that was crystallized in the comb. This created some shimming as you would expect as the frames emptied but was still able to run hands off. I just didn't leave the room like I did on the first batch you see in the video.

    Squarepeg, the honey is like last year, heaven.
    Brian Cardinal
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    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    Totally amazing. I absolutely love your extractor!
    Thanks for the compliment westerrnbeekeeper.
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Ace,

    Why don't you insert photos so they can be seen in the post?
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Because I upload my photos to Photobucket and full resolution. If I insert them in the post as I did initially, Barry sends me nasty grams (forum rules). The point of photos is so you can see so why limit the resolution that is already uploaded and hosted on the internet?
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Do you think the high resolution is necessary for snapshots?

    If you were photographing eggs in cells that would be different. But even then you can crop the image.

    Having photos displayed in posts is nice.
    BeeCurious
    5 hives and 8 nucs................... Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    I upload my photos to photobucket as well, then post them on here, haven't had a problem yet? The higher the resolution the more wasted space it takes up on this site, hence the reason for smaller pictures, and this and all other sites need the bandwidth for useful information, not high def pictures. I didn't post high resolution of my extractor because I didn't feel the need to polish a turd, the pictures just showed what I built, plain and simple.
    Coyote Creek Bees

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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    I probably took honey on two hives that I shouldn’t have so if I loose two it may be to starvation or mites.
    Why would you do this?
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    I probably took honey on two hives that I shouldn’t have so if I loose two it may be to starvation or mites.
    Enjoy every selfish drop... Nice work.
    BeeCurious
    5 hives and 8 nucs................... Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    Enjoy every selfish drop... Nice work.
    I could be wrong BC, but I think practicing non-intervention beekeeping means you take everything from them and expect them to survive with out helping them. Nuttier than squirrel dung comes to mind.
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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGhost View Post
    I could be wrong BC, but I think practicing non-intervention beekeeping means you take everything from them and expect them to survive with out helping them.
    Here's Ace responding to an earlier post asking about "feeding" vs "non-intervention beekeeping."

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    How would that make a difference? I wouldn't have fed them. The bees I want to propagate are the ones that can take care of themselves. It isn't like there wasn't enough to forage on.



    Just a reminder that clicking the little blue arrow in the quote box takes you to the original thread ...
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    Default Re: Finally extracted our honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    Here's Ace responding to an earlier post asking about "feeding" vs "non-intervention beekeeping."






    Just a reminder that clicking the little blue arrow in the quote box takes you to the original thread ...
    Click this
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