The bin catches the honey. Placing the frames in upside down causes them to drain out because of the natural UP angle of the cells (which would be DOWN) The one dish drainer (bottom) holds the frames between the plate slots. The second drainer (on top) keeps the frames from falling over.
Uncap the frames, put them in upside down, wait in a warm place. The honey flows out on its own.
One of the true unique pleasures of beekeeping regardless of whether you are a hobbyist, commercial or sideliner is getting to extract your hard earned honey crop when and if it becomes available. Everyone should be allowed to enjoy that experience once or twice as part of this hobby or profession. For me there is nothing more frustrating than trying to work with honey trying to crush, strain, chop, grind or whatever. It would appear that having to mess with honey in that regard just once would drive many people away from keeping bees for good. It would also appear to me that many, many, individuals would gladly (justify) and shell out a few bucks to buy a 2 frame, 9 frame or 20 frame extractor to assist them with that endeavor. After asking my wife to help me extract honey using a 4 frame hand cranked extractor for two years the fascination of that labor for her at least wore off quite rapidly. "So John" she asked one afternoon, "don't they make a machine with a motor to help you do this stuff"......to which I replied "well yes" ..perfect she said…”go buy one !” so I did.
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I use a cement mixer!
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Well this has turned into a very interesting conversation. I am planning on getting a warre hive so I want the wax and honey. That is why I was thinking a grinder to pulverize everything and make separation easier.
The press seems the way to go. It seems that you can make one. I could be real energy efficient (I use that term instead of lazy) and out an electric cylinder on it so I don't have to do any cranking myself.
I like all of the approaches that everyone has out on here. I will be checking them out over the next several months I am sure.
Wood is naturally antibacterial - like honey.
Concerning my post of my extractor-less extracting...
I'm very sorry, but I don't have a way of doing pictures at the moment.
Hmm, not even a newbie yet cause still looking for swarms that will stay with me.
But I was thinking, what about one of those old clothes wringers that you used to squeeze water from your clothes after you scrubbed them on the old scrub board. Have seen those things used for some other neat uses that were just as far from the original purpose as this is.
Now let it rip. LOL
It is easy to smash the comb with a potato masher or similar. The next step is to warm the honey,gently and let the wax float. Skim and repeat for a few days. Be patient, its do-able.
I have put broken comb chunks in a salad spinner. Decap first. Seems stupid,but works great!
Oh I think a meat grinder would work fabulously, just put what it churns out into mesh bag to strain...I am going to try it! I have a grinder that will blow through a moose lickety split. Just use a course plate.
I took a plastic 20L basket, drilled holes of 3,5mm on the bottom, put honeycomb into the basket and crashed it by a knife (you can try to "mince" it by a drill).