Re: What type of extractor?
Building your own extractor is not for everyone, but it certainly is an option. Beesource has plans for a 4-frame USDA extractor here:
There are also plans for a 20 frame extractor made primarily from wood here:
You can use an epoxy based food safe paint to seal wood used in extractors. Here's one vendor: http://www.betterbee.com/Products/Ho...te-Epoxy-Paint
And the Beesource archives have threads about extractors built from members own ideas. Here's my favorite:
Also, don't forget to see whether a nearby beekeeping club has an extractor available for members' use. Even if you choose not to go to club meetings regularly, club dues are minimal compared to the cost of an extractor.
Last edited by Rader Sidetrack; 04-02-2013 at 10:19 AM.
Reason: add club option
USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft