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    Default Which Method Do You Use, The 5 Gallon Bucket Heater OR Home Built Honey Heater Box??

    Which method do you use and why? The 5 gallon Bucket Heater or the home built honey heater box???? I been beekeeping for several years now and when i first started i didnt mind decrystallizing the honey bottles in hot water. But now that i have tripled my honey volumn compared to when i first started, i would like to find out which method is best "The 5 gallon bucket heater or the home built honey heater box and why?? I would like to know if one does a better job then the other or are they pretty much the same or does one process take longer then the other or there is no difference etc....If you use either method which method works best for you in decrystallizing your 5 gallon buckets of honey & Why??? If there is no difference what so ever then im just gonna buy a bucket heater and build a honey heater box and have both!! Just curious, perhaps this thread might save someone some money if the fact is that the honey heater box works the best. Which method do you use and why?? Have a nice day!!!.....honeybeekeeper

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    Default Re: Which Method Do You Use, The 5 Gallon Bucket Heater OR Home Built Honey Heater Bo

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    Default Re: Which Method Do You Use, The 5 Gallon Bucket Heater OR Home Built Honey Heater Bo

    Thanks for your output! I have read the old posts....Was looking forward to perhaps maybe new improved ideas! I read about the garbage can idea and the old frig and/or freezer etc....Great ideas! So does this mean you dont have a preference?

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    Default Re: Which Method Do You Use, The 5 Gallon Bucket Heater OR Home Built Honey Heater Bo

    i have a closet that i run a small radiator/oil heater in. i keep it set at 90 degrees and when i take a bucket i move the next one in. there are always about 20 buckets in there.

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    Default Re: Which Method Do You Use, The 5 Gallon Bucket Heater OR Home Built Honey Heater Bo

    hahaha....Thats a very creative idea.....Do you by any chance see a difference in the electric bill from using a space heater vs maybe the box heater method that uses a 60-100Watt light bulb? How many days does that method usually take for a 5 gallon bucket justin?

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    Default Re: Which Method Do You Use, The 5 Gallon Bucket Heater OR Home Built Honey Heater Bo

    I use an old fridge for my warming cabinet but I already had the fridge in the basement so that is what I used. If I had to start over I would build one to fit my needs. I have never used a bucket heater and never will, as far as I Know you can not warm bottles with a bucket heater.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEvRAqP2eXY

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    Default Re: Which Method Do You Use, The 5 Gallon Bucket Heater OR Home Built Honey Heater Bo

    I liked the aluminum garbage can idea along with a digital thermostat to monitor the temp & a 100watt light bulb! It seems like it would be quick & really easy setup! You wouldnt have to spend that much time putting it together!
    DC Bees im originally from Pa.....I used to work in Lock haven many years ago....I used to work with a guy named charlie that lived in Tyrone Pa....Cant remember his last name....It was 25 yrs ago...He drove one of them old datsun 280z... Back then it sounded good! hahaha

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    Default Re: Which Method Do You Use, The 5 Gallon Bucket Heater OR Home Built Honey Heater Bo

    i don't know if the energy usage would be different. i think the closet works well. it is a lot of warm mass. it might take 3 days to melt one, but because there are lots of them they are there longer than that. it is in my basement so any lost heat stays in the house.

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    Default Re: Which Method Do You Use, The 5 Gallon Bucket Heater OR Home Built Honey Heater Bo

    I just might have to try that out then since i have one of them oil filled radiator space heaters.....I usually extract in june/july and i start seeing a slight sign of honey crystallizing around oct/nov....Last year i had several beekeepers call me at the end of oct and wanted my excess honey since they ran out. I sold my last few buckets & that was the first time i ever sold by bucket, i usually bottle every bit of it every year. I guess you can call it being lazy...I liked the idea of the fact that i was done selling honey and i could focus on other things i needed to do! This year around sept i will place the 5 gallon buckets in my closet and try the radiator space heater. It would be nice if them stainless steel heated honey tanks wouldnt cost so much....hahaha

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    It just seam smarter to use a warming box. I used a neighbor freezer last spring. That work ok till I build my box. It gets used double duty. My scales are on it and we bottle honey on it. It holds a five or two shelves of jars
    David

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    Default Re: Which Method Do You Use, The 5 Gallon Bucket Heater OR Home Built Honey Heater Bo

    I built a warmer box out of 2" foam insulation board. It's modeled after the one in "The Backyard Beekeeper" by Kim Flottum, but a lot cheesier. I can fit 2 buckets in at once. Added a Johnson Controls temp controller, and away we go!

    It will have to do while I wait for my husband to finish the fancy warming cabinet he's been working on for two years........

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    Default Re: Which Method Do You Use, The 5 Gallon Bucket Heater OR Home Built Honey Heater Bo

    My warming cabinent is in an unheated portion of my basement. It is well insulated and the 100 watt light bulb is controlled by a powerstrip from the reptile section of petco that will control up to 1500 watts and up to 104 degrees. When Not warming honey which is most of the time, it provides stable temperature on the low end for primary fermentation of mead and beer. :<} I am all about multitasking. But I produce NO green beer!

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