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Offline Wombat2

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Honey Heater
« on: December 29, 2015, 08:41:05 PM »
I was sick of my honey going solid during the winter - not so much the cold weather but the variety coming in easily crystalizes when cool.  So I decided to make a honey warmer.  I acquired at no cost an old defunct chest freezer - took out the compressor  and fitted a light socket and a digital thermostat ($12 on eBay) a wire shelf to support the stock.  Last thing to add when it arrives will be a computer cooling fan that will come on with the light and circulate the air. A 60 watt globe took 10 minutes to get the temperature up to 40*c and the digital thermostat holds it between 30 and 40.  As it will live under the house on bear dirt until I can get the area concreted I scavenged a plastic pallet from the local hardware rubbish skip to stand it on.  Bit smaller than I wanted but it will hold a 30kg bucket and a number of smaller ones.

The photos show the unit, inside with the light on, the digital thermostat, the wiring (not pretty but functional and safe)
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Re: Honey Heater
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2016, 01:23:11 PM »
Nice work.

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Re: Honey Heater
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2016, 10:07:29 AM »
Looking good. Wish I could find a junk chest freezer for cheap, the power company has a 50 buck rebate for electrical appliances here. I just can't see giving somebody that for something that i got to tear apart and put back together.
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Re: Honey Heater
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2016, 04:51:28 PM »
Looking good. Wish I could find a junk chest freezer for cheap, the power company has a 50 buck rebate for electrical appliances here. I just can't see giving somebody that for something that i got to tear apart and put back together.

This was a working "proof of concept" project - if I ever develop a wax moth problem I will look at converting a working freezer to be duel purpose - warm honey and freeze wax moth eggs and lava before feeding back to the bees to clean up
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Re: Honey Heater
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2016, 08:32:48 PM »
Nice work Wombat2.   

rw I haul off a little scrap iron once in a while.  I have had two chest type and one side by side given to me to haul them off.  Brought them home and got all three running.  Sold the side by side and kept the two chest freezers.


Good luck to you and your bees

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Re: Honey Heater
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2016, 08:49:29 PM »
Nice. I have something similar that is almost falling apart after years of use. I love mine. I was just thinking of building version 2.0 and a digital thermostat is just what it needs!
 
Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Honey Heater
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2016, 09:25:44 AM »
Honey run sells a real nice controller. That I use in mine +- 2  degrees I think.
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Re: Honey Heater
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2016, 01:42:50 PM »
Colobee,
Every hot water heater has the perfect thermostat for this purpose, actually 2 of them on the large units. Just keep an eye out for a hot water heater out at the curb, being thrown away.
If you are desperate and do not have time to wait, most hardware stores sell them. They are very accurate. I have 2 in my honey heater. One is set to 104 degrees and the other is set to 155 degrees for melting wax. Just run the power to a dual 110 house switch (the ones that use a standard outlet cover) and then run one wire from one switch to one thermostat and a wire from the other switch to the other thermostat. Both wires from the thermostats go to the light bulb. For 155 degrees you will need at least a 150 watt light bulb. A 75 watt light bulb will work if you only make a 104 degree heater.
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Re: Honey Heater
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2016, 05:26:30 PM »
Personally, I would wire the fan to stay on so that the air is circulating all the time.

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Re: Honey Heater
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2016, 01:31:44 PM »
Colobee,
Every hot water heater has the perfect thermostat for this purpose, actually 2 of them on the large units. Just keep an eye out for a hot water heater out at the curb, being thrown away.

Thanks, Jim. I think I'm all set.
 
I have a half dozen base board heat controllers - probably enough to last a couple more beekeeping lifetimes. We demo'd a house with electric baseboard heat a long time ago and I knew where those puppies were heading as soon as we pulled them :smile: The first one has lasted ~25+ years.
 
They are at least equally as simple - 4 posts - 2 for power in, & 2 for thermostatically controlled power to the light sockets. New ones are also readily available, and pretty cheap.
 
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