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  1. #1
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    Default Harvesting honey without extractor or crushing comb?

    Hi,

    I've got 3 hives and don't have the money to blow on an extractor. I'd like to harvest the honey without crushing the comb, has anyone tried the scratch and drain method? Or do you have any other ideas about how to harvest honey without crushing comb?

    Thanks,
    And

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Harvesting honey without extractor or crushing comb?

    Well, if you are a handy person, you can build an extractor for minimal cash. Here's a link to one of the more interesting treadmill motor powered home-built extractor threads (with photos):

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...made-extractor

    Treadmills typically have a variable speed motor and associated control system. This makes them more desirable than a motor that is fixed speed.

    As I understand it, you are wanting to extract from
    frameless top bar combs. To have any chance of doing that successfully, you will likely need to control the speed carefully.
    Graham
    -- The real problem is not precise language, it's clear language. - Richard Feynman

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Harvesting honey without extractor or crushing comb?

    cant you rent an extractor from a local hardware store or beeclub? letting them drain does work but the honey has to be 100 or a little more.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Harvesting honey without extractor or crushing comb?

    Investing in an extractor is not "blowing money" any more than investing in woodenware or any other equipment. It is just part of it.

    Be patient and keep looking for a good used extractor on craigslist and similar places. In the meantime, rental is usually a viable option.

    -js

  5. #5
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    North Berwick, Maine, USA
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    Default Re: Harvesting honey without extractor or crushing comb?

    You should be able to rent one from your local bee club. I think ours charges $10 per day. We also have a bee supply store that extracts for $2 per frame. Check around for local options.

  6. #6
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    West Bath, Maine, United States
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    Default Re: Harvesting honey without extractor or crushing comb?

    Scratch and drain will get you about 50 % of supers that have deep cells from widening frames spacing. Just put the frames back and the bees will rebuild. Do it twice and you have the same honey yield as crush and strain. The difference is you and the bees still have comb. Plastic tub in the sun, but not to hot, with the frames upside down and off the bottom drains best. KEEP IT COVERED. Give it a couple of hours and you get most of what you will get.

    Spinner type extractor with a drill in a barrel works as well. Easy to store and clean up. Fits any schedule. Best choice ; local options above.

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