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  1. #1
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    Default honey extraction

    I was thinking about extracting some honey this spring. What is the minimum outside temperature for the honey to flow and pass through the filter without it being problematic?

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    Default Re: honey extraction

    Well, some of that would depend on what size the holes in your filter are. But your question about outside temperature seems unusual. Generally, one would want to extract inside a structure. Otherwise the bees will easily find your open honey and, uh, complicate your extraction process.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: honey extraction

    i usually extract outside because I have no other choice and if I use the filters that fit over the bottling tank it keeps the bees out of the honey. I also filter through a 200 micron filter.

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    Default Re: honey extraction

    I would take the honey off the hives when it was over 80 outside myself and get right at the extraction if it wasn't cold overnight.

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    Default Re: honey extraction

    Its not only going through the filter but flowing from the honey comb. Assuming you are a small producer and if the combs are sealed, take them out and sort them for a while. If wax moth is a potential problem, freeze them overnight and store in sealed boxes. It would help with the advice if you advised the quantity you are talking about and advice can vary with the quantity.

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    Default Re: honey extraction

    What I've done if temps were a little cool is stack the honey filled supers on top of an empty super and place a light bulb in the bottom empty super. The heat from the bulb in the "closed" supers does a good job of warming the honey.

    Mike
    Beekeeper? Shoot, my bees keep me!
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    Default Re: honey extraction

    i found posts on the net that honey flows between 10 and 30 C which correlates with my practical experience.

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