Processing Other Peoples Wet Cappings?
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  1. #1
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    Default Processing Other Peoples Wet Cappings?

    I had someone get in touch me we last week that has 38 drums of wet cappings. He says some drums are 4 years old and different times he used different straining techniques. He still has extracting to do so there will be a few more drums.

    My hot rooms that holds 20 drums. I have a vertical auger, cappings extruder that should be able to handle a bit more than a drum an hour, honey filter, and a large wax processing setup.

    The owner wants...
    Drums cleaned
    Honey filtered blended into one batch and put back into drums.
    Light and dark bakers honey.
    Wax in large blocks.
    Slumgum.

    How would you price a job out like this?
    I would do it during the winter during my down time.

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Processing Other Peoples Wet Cappings?

    Bob, I am a hobbyist so have no experience with the task. However, I am a business major (from a while back) and given the circumstances, I would say somewhere around 50% of the commercial value of the recovered products.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Processing Other Peoples Wet Cappings?

    That's about what we had talked about.
    I was thinking 50% for wax / slumgum and 45% of the honey.

    I have only done wet cappings like this once when my old cappings spinner died and did not install new line till winter.

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    Default Re: Processing Other Peoples Wet Cappings?

    On a small scale with a solar melter I find that it does not pay, for even 100% of the product.
    All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
    not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.

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    Default Re: Processing Other Peoples Wet Cappings?

    Solar melter are great for bleaching wax.

    I'm looking at using a 500 kg/h wax press and a 250 gallon wax tank. I'm thinking I'm going to fill up my 1,500 gallon honey storage tank and hope for a few good size pallets of wax blocks.

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