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    Default Dedicated hot room

    I decided this year to make a dedicated hot room to put honey supers in to warm them up for extracting.

    For those who have hot rooms, what temp do you set the hot room at?

    I was thinking about setting the temp control module to 110F.

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    Default Re: Dedicated hot room

    I don't have a hot room, but I do heat up my supers for extracting by stacking them on a few empty supers with a 100 watt light bulb under them, use an inner cover on top with the hole open, leave them for a couple days to get the honey thoroughly warmed, I don't get the temperature higher than 95-100 which is more than warm enough to extract easily. John

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    Default Re: Dedicated hot room

    jmgi,

    Do you use a thermostat to regulate the temperature or do you really need one. How do you keep honey from dripping on the light bulb.
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    Default Re: Dedicated hot room

    100 degrees is good.
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    Default Re: Dedicated hot room

    Sqkcrk,
    Walter Kelly has a blog that has some information about hot rooms.
    https://kelleybees.com/blog/2012/05/...-house-part-2/
    This might give you some ideas.

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    Default Re: Dedicated hot room

    I like the above blog. Its an excellent reminder of what needs to be kept in mind while setting it up. Well to start my hot/warm room I thought about building one and started pricing everything and thinking about how large I need the room to be.

    How many pallets of supers do I really need to warm at one time? I think 10 to 12 pallets at a time should be adequate. I should be able to extract 2 - 3 pallets per day so that will give me 5 - 6 days worth of extracting. That should be fast enough to keep the hive beetles from making a mess.

    After thinking about it longer and with the thought of having a truly mobile extracting facility I decided to buy a cooling truck box. THe one I bought is 18 feet long inside the box and I think about 7.5 feet wide and around 6 to 6.5 feet high inside. It already has excellent insulation so I dont have to insulate it. I bought it at a fraction of the price it would cost to build one and its MOBILE!

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    Default Re: Dedicated hot room

    105 degrees is a pretty good number keeping in mind that it takes a few days for honey temp to merge with air temps and that with the threat of shb honey probably shouldnt sit for more than about 4 days. Leaving a space for air flow greatly helps and a heated floor is infinity better than an overhead heat source. We don't usually bother even turning on our heated floor until the nights start cooling down in early September.
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    Default Re: Dedicated hot room

    Quote Originally Posted by jmgi View Post
    I don't have a hot room, but I do heat up my supers for extracting by stacking them on a few empty supers with a 100 watt light bulb under them, use an inner cover on top with the hole open, leave them for a couple days to get the honey thoroughly warmed, I don't get the temperature higher than 95-100 which is more than warm enough to extract easily. John
    i do something similar, with a floor fan turned horizontally at the bottom of the stack, blowing air up through the stack. i set a small space heater next to the stack, and use a thermometer to keep the temp between 90-95. i also have a heating wire wrapped around the extractor.

    the side benefit has been that my water content has been measuring about 16%.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: Dedicated hot room

    squarepeg, using a fan like that can sure drive down moisture content fast, you have to keep a close eye on it so it doesn't get too low, I did it like that once and let the fan run too long and ended up with honey that was like taffy. This past summer was so dry that all my honey came off the hives under 16%, in fact most of it was 14%-15%, definitely had to heat it to get it out of the combs, even then it was still thick. John

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