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  1. #1
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    Default Uncapping and cappings processing options for sideliners

    Last year I uncapped my harvest of 1900 pounds with an uncapping fork. It was slow going. I still have 10 frames per super at present, but now most of my comb is well drawn out and I am thinking of going to 9 frames and am looking for faster option for this season.


    For Uncapping:

    What I really would like is a version of this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrqZ6lTQsF8 I have seen different versions of this and if the beek's frame was drawn out better I could really see this system working out; It would be easier to move the frame across a blade with 2 hands that hold the frame in one hand and move the blade with the other. I couldn't find the best video of it I have seen - a russian one done outside with a heated "V" knife.
    I have tried looking for write-ups of the Kelley Jiggle knife and the search results on here are not giving me enough info to tell me if people really like it or not.
    I have a maxant plane, but found it heavy on my wrist, and I read of folks complaining about wrist strain with a standard hot knife. What are folks using, and how fast are they going?

    For uncappings processing:

    The cappings from an uncapping fork are low volume, and easy to sieve, but if I uncap with something that takes off a slice of uncappings I will need a good way to process it. I like the look of the Kelley wax separator. Does anyone have an opinion on that?

    Also, the same question for capping/wax handling. What are folks using?

    I have next to zero mechanical aptitude, and so any system for me has to be almost idiot proof as if it broke I would be doomed, unless I could sweet talk my wife into fixing it.

    If I recall correctly my processing speed with fork and 10/20 extractor was 2 1/2 supers an hour. I am looking to improve.

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    Default Re: Uncapping and cappings processing options for sideliners

    ahhh, all I can think about when watching that vid is yikes, going to cut off his fingers !
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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    Default Re: Uncapping and cappings processing options for sideliners

    As for uncapping forks, you will not find a quicker way to uncap honey than a couple of guys and forks, unless you are using a machine to remove the cappings. I know of a commercial guy who ran nearly 800 or so hives using a few summer students and cappings forks,
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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    Default Re: Uncapping and cappings processing options for sideliners

    The V knives work really fast when heated. Have a buddy with one and it is quick.

    I use the silver queen uncapper.

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    Default Re: Uncapping and cappings processing options for sideliners

    RAK, did your buddy make his? I have not seen one advertised. The silver queen looks nice (and I see affordable used ones) but I think it would be beyond my mechanical abilities to keep it going.
    Ian I would think that if you held the frame by the sides a person's fingers would be outside the blades, but of course a lapse in concentration could be costly.

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    Default Re: Uncapping and cappings processing options for sideliners

    Adrian,

    My wife likes to make salves and lotions with our cappings wax and I realize that the cappings from a cappings scratcher are really easy to clean/rinse and yield a product that is very easy to work with if a person is making salves and such.

    I also realized after checking with a couple other beekeepers that I was being more careful than necessary with the scratcher. My speed improved dramatically since.

    Good luck tomorrow. Sorry but I will miss it.

    Yuuki

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    Default Re: Uncapping and cappings processing options for sideliners

    Yuuki, thanks. Tomorrow looks like a crappy commute.

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