I have a friend whom I have been helping with his bees. He is an old timer and wants to get ready for honey extraction. An entry level kit ( hot knife, scratcher, extractor and bucket) would be great. Anyone have any suggestions as to the best place to get one. How much worse are the hand cranked extractors for low volume beekeepers ? I want to surprise him with a setup.
Also I am thinking about working with wax this year and making some candles or whatever. This is the first time I'm trying it. Any good references ?