Cleaning Honey Equipment
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  1. #1
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    Default Cleaning Honey Equipment

    How are you guys cleaning your larger pieces of equipment? Large extractors, tanks, hoses etc used for honey processing and storage? Obviously hot water whenever possible, but are you following with any kind of sanitizer (Starsan?)

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    Default Re: Cleaning Honey Equipment

    All stainless gets hot water only. All plastic gets soap and hot water, or goes through the dishwasher if it fits. Always interested in how others do it.

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    I start with warm water so it won't melt wax. Then finish with hot water. I never use soap. I don't want honey that tastes like soap or bleach.
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    Bleach is hard on stainless steel.

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    Default Re: Cleaning Honey Equipment

    Nothing cleans your extractor like live steam. Other wax encrusted stainless gets a propane torch warming and blue shop towel wipe to make it new and shiny.

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    Default Re: Cleaning Honey Equipment

    I took a pressure washer to the extractor that I borrowed from the local bee club to clean it. It seemed to work well.

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    Default Re: Cleaning Honey Equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by psm1212 View Post
    goes through the dishwasher if it fits.
    and what don't fit in the DW, goes on the back of the F-150 to the car wash

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    Wish there was a "like" button on here Sour Kraut.

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    Default Re: Cleaning Honey Equipment

    Pick up truck, car wash, sounds like an excellent idea.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    "Pick up truck, car wash, sounds like an excellent idea."

    Yeah, well, had this idea to make a cappings drain tub out of one of those old 'washtubs on a stand' like every rural family had back in the 50's and 60's.......usually a 'double' but this was a single

    Problem was, it had set in a barn for ages, then in a backyard for a few years.

    Took an hour and 20 bucks worth of quarters at the car wash, but in the end, it was clean right down to the metal.

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    Default Re: Cleaning Honey Equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by Sour Kraut View Post
    Took an hour and 20 bucks worth of quarters at the car wash, but in the end, it was clean right down to the metal.
    I decided a pressure washer was cheaper in the long run after doing this with cars a few times.

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    Default Re: Cleaning Honey Equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    I start with warm water so it won't melt wax. Then finish with hot water. I never use soap. I don't want honey that tastes like soap or bleach.
    Same here - a High Pressure Water Cleaner ( we call these " Guerny" here in OZ) work well.
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    Default Re: Cleaning Honey Equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by Sour Kraut View Post
    and what don't fit in the DW, goes on the back of the F-150 to the car wash
    That’s better than Uncle Juniors coon dog I suppose!

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