>So if I do the crush and strain I can just get two clean buckets, cheese cloth, maybe a stainless strainer for fine particles that should be all.
Cheese cloth isn't the best as it has a lot of fibers that will act as seed to cause the honey to crystallize. Nylon taffeta is better.
> My question now is, will I have to cut all teh comb off of the frames, plastic frames from betterbee.
You will need to use a rubber spatula or whatever tool you find convenient to cut the comb from the frames, yes. Then let them drain some, probably, then give the messy frames back to the bees to clean up. But even if you extract you have these same issues.
> Would that not cause more work for the bees in the following year?
Bees work. It's what they do. They love it. Building comb is a natural process.
> I read some post where people try to keep the comb for about 3 to 4 years and then scrape away and have new made.
Generally that's only in the brood nest. Generally they keep the ones from the supers for as long as they last and as long as the bees keep fixing them that's probably forever.
> I asked the wife about getting the extractor and she said NO
I would too. :)