Intro: building a honey extractor (using an ‘antique’ washing machine) homebuilt honey extractor (aka the honey machine!)commercial honey extractors are devices used. I put a Honey Gate in the bottom of my barrel – you don’t have to. To install this I used a 2 ¼ inch hole saw and put the gate so low I had to rotate the gate instead of the locking nut to install it. The lower the better, less tilting the drum to get that last honey out. You can use a stainless steel corkscrew and drill, or a honey creamer Of the two I prefer the latter.
Your cappings should sit in a colander to drain honey off for awhile (or you can use the uncapping tank if you have one); then heat them, cool them, remove the wax from the last bit of honey at the bottom of the pan. This plan would have worked great a couple months ago, but this time of year, the bees have more than enough feed out in the woods, so they weren’t actually that interested in my honey offering.
The bee’s role in their ecosystem is important and there is no way to easily mechanize it. Rupp and Allen want people to know about the importance of bees, so they use part of the proceeds from their honey to educate the community through their Community Bees on Bikes outreach program. There are several folks out there that have plans on cutting handholds using a circular saw.
Harvesting honey with an extractor is quicker, less of a honey bath for you and doesn’t destroy the comb (one of the best reasons to use an extractor because your bees don’t need to spend time rebuilding comb, but instead can focus on making more honey). I smooshed up all the comb with a wooden spoon to release the honey from the cells. The Enterprise sausage press is a closed system press in cast-iron that works very well for pressing honey from full comb.
Sometime before the sun had come out, though, some nearby bees had discovered the frames, still slowly dripping with raw honey ripe for the taking, and had told all their friends. If the spring/summer/autumn climate was warmer or sunnier, or if I did not go to work five days a week, I could process a lot more wax though this extractor. I harvested two combs of honey and did a split, or started a new hive from the brood comb or baby bee comb.