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Hi all,
This winter I refurbished an old Standard Churn Co. 4 frame extractor. This past weekend I pulled about 12 frames of partially capped/uncapped frames, leaving 5 frames of capped sugar syrup in each hive. Having never used an extractor before I decided to give it a spin. It worked great!
The issue that came up is that when I'm cranking it a "mist" of honey/syrup and wax bits seem to fly out the top. When I was done I had slightly sticky arms and a tacky basement floor (fortunately my queen bee was not home at the time).
Any one have a way of covering the barrel while extracting?
Am I cranking it too fast?
Thanks for any info!
 

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I'm not sure exactly what the top area of your extractor looks like, but a number of extractors have a movable clear acrylic/plexiglass sheet that covers the top area of the extractor. The clear plastic on mine is hinged/mounted where there is a solid crossbar (across the extractor drum) that stabilizes the basket.

You can find sheets of acrylic in most big box stores, often in the 'glass' aisle.
 
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