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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Scottsville, KY, USA

    Default Extracting honey from top bar hive comb

    I need some input into an efficient method to extract honey from top bar comb..

    *Not* interested in doing cut comb at this time, period.

    All I seem to hear is "hand squeeze it"..which I have done, but, there has to be a better way...

    I was thinking something like they use in Japan that I have seen on videos..It looks something like a cider press....
    You put the comb in there, and turn the top crank, and it mashes the comb and the honey runs out the bottom through a opening like in a regular extractor...

    However..cider presses aren't cheap...and since I only have one top bar is not an item I would be willing to pay upwards from $100 for...especially if it won't work as I envision it..
    No..I do not know anyone that has one I could borrow...
    Also, before I try and buy one used or off Craigslist or some such...I would rather find out other possible methods..There may be something easier that people on these forums might know about...Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2012

    Default Re: Extracting honey from top bar hive comb

    Mmm most people crush and strain, they use a 5 gallon bucket with holes in it, put a mesh paint strainer in that to filter out wax, etc. That goes on top of another 5 gallon bucket with a honey gate. Then to speed the process up I have seen guys use a paint mixer attached to a cordless drill to break out all the comb.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Brandon TWP, Michigan, USA


    here you go...

    here you go....

    her you go...

    search you tube for "extracting hone from top bar hive". This guy demonstrates how he does it. I can t post the link ??? pm and I will get you the link
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 06-13-2013 at 06:23 PM. Reason: duplicate post

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    hinesville ga usa

    Default Re: Extracting honey from top bar hive comb

    I agree with honeydrunk, my variation is to take a piece of a clean tee shirt, place over one bucket, snap a lid over it that has predrilled holes in it. Sit another bucket on top that has predrilled holes in the bottom. Place a piece of precut #8 wire in the bottom of the top bucket. I wash my hands good and squeeze the combs as best I can, I place this (comb also) in the top bucket and snap a lid on to keep insects out. Takes most of a day to strain. It's an easy way to get clean raw honey.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA

    Default Re: Extracting honey from top bar hive comb

    Crush and strain certainly works.

    But I wouldn't call that extracting. If your bars are 19" and the comb is fairly strong (especially if it has cocoons in it) and if your bars will fit your extractor (different extractors have different kinds of systems to hold the top of the bar) you can probably extract them in the extractor. A tangential extractor would probably work as well. The really soft white comb you probably can't extract without a frame and a lot of gentleness...
    Michael Bush "Everything works if you let it." 42y 40h 39yTF


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