Harvesting with a Honey Extractor (Video)

Learn how to efficiently uncap frames and use a honey extractor for your best harvest ever.

By Staff

From Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

The CappingsScratcher is an easy to use tool that works great on small sections of capped honey. This is the “go to” tool for many beekeepers.

A Cold/Hot Knife will slice away larger sections of capped honey from the frame.

Beekeepers new to the hobby are always excited about their first extraction. As with the uncapping tools, there are different types and styles of extractors. There are three main questions you need to ask yourself and the answers will point to the extractor that best fits you.

How many hives do you intend to have?

You do not want to outgrow the extractor. Growth in your operation will equate to more honey frames for extraction.

What is your budget?

An extractor is a large investment. There are different alternatives if an extractor isn’t in your budget. You may be able to borrow/rent an extractor from your local bee association; you can uncap and let the honey drain from the frames; you can strain your comb through cheese cloth; other methods are available.

How do you value your time?

Extracting is not a ten minute process that will happen in an afternoon. Each extractor will hold an allotted amount of frames. The more frames an extractor will hold, the less cycles you will need to run to extract the honey from the frames.

Time consumption for the extraction depends on the Extractor being tangential or radial. Tangential extractors seat frames parallel to the center and only extract one side during the spin cycle. Radial extractors seat frames perpendicular to the center and will extract both sides at once.

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm is here to help you get started and grow as a beekeeper. Visit us online for more resources or give us a call, 1-800BEESWAX (233-7929), with any questions or concerns.


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