First year beek that has learned a lot...started with 2 nucs, split a boomer, had one swarm and still got +10 gallons!
After my second harvest I decided to share the wealth with neighbors I knew and some I hadn't met yet. We live out in the sticks, maybe 10 houses with 5 sq miles.
Anyway I dropped off 2 jars at the house of an "ol timer" and his wife, they were very thankful. Well Sunday she came to my house and asked if I'd like to have an old extractor they had sitting around. I said sure, thinking it can't be useable, and went over. It's from The Standard Churn Co. in Ohio, found the 1929 patent on line. It didn't look like much but I graciously accepted it. Got it home, hosed it down a bit, and gave it a spin. WOW, smooth as butter, this could really work! I'll clean it up this winter and give it a coat or two of Camcoat, clean up the gears and be set for next year.
First, the attached honey gate is iron (?) and rusty, If I use a dremmel with a wire brush to clean it up and then Camcoat it will it be safe to use? Any better options?
Second, does someone have a Standard Churn 4 frame? I'd like some input on how the frames are secured in the basket, not sure if I'm missing any basket parts.
Thanks for the help