extracting from a plastic foundation
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  1. #1
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    Cool extracting from a plastic foundation

    First timer here. When it comes time to extract honey-
    Is the only way to extract honey from a plastic based foundation by way of a spinning extractor?
    I really don't want to try and cut all the comb of both sides of the plastic foundation so it can be crushed.
    I did watch the guy flinging the frame inside the clear tote on a rope. I don't see me doing this without a disastrous ending.

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    Default Re: extracting from a plastic foundation

    Use an uncapping knife and take the wax off the top. I suggest using a heated uncapping knife. Stick the frame in your extractor and spin away. Take the empty frames and put them in the yard and within a few hours the bees will have them cleaned. As night falls gather the supers of empty frames and store them.

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    Default Re: extracting from a plastic foundation

    It may not be the only way, but it's the best way. If cost is a factor, you can make a pretty serviceable extractor with some pails and a little hardware and a power drill. Look around online for some plans.

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    Default Re: extracting from a plastic foundation

    >Is the only way to extract honey from a plastic based foundation by way of a spinning extractor?

    No. But that is one way.

    >I really don't want to try and cut all the comb of both sides of the plastic foundation so it can be crushed.

    Take a rubber spatula and it comes off pretty easily if you want to avoid buying an extractor.
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