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Author Topic: how long to empty frames with an extractor  (Read 593 times)
slacker361
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« on: May 21, 2011, 11:03:22 PM »

How long does it take to empty 6 frames in an extractor. I am sure it depends on temp and moisture content of honey, but about how long?

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2011, 11:30:46 PM »

Already uncapped and put into the extractor, about 5 minutes in a 3 frame extractor.  Uncapping, tack on an extra few minutes.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2011, 08:21:48 AM »

It all depends on the speed they spin and the temp of the honey.  I normally go until the arm gets tired and there is no more honey slinging out.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2011, 10:44:45 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2011, 03:10:01 PM »

in my motorized 6-frame radial I would say it takes 3-5 minutes.  I think I often give it 5-7 minutes just to make sure I get as clean a frame as I can, less for the bees to clean up (more for me  Wink.
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2011, 02:55:45 PM »

If you are using a medium to large motorized extractor it should have a ramp speed timer or similar so that the speed can increase from slow to high over a selected period of time.  Some of the smaller motorized extractors lack this feature, I would suggest obtaining a router ramp switch, it is a simple rheostat that can be manually operated.  Ramp the speed of low to hi over a couple of minutes, leave it on hi for several minutes (3 for mediums, 5 for deeps) then ramp it back down.
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