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Offline slacker361

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how long to empty frames with an extractor
« on: May 22, 2011, 12:03:22 AM »
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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Re: how long to empty frames with an extractor
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2011, 12:30:46 AM »
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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Re: how long to empty frames with an extractor
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2011, 09:21:48 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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Re: how long to empty frames with an extractor
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2011, 11:44:45 AM »
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I normally go until the arm gets tired and there is no more honey slinging out.

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Re: how long to empty frames with an extractor
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2011, 04:10:01 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  ;).

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Re: how long to empty frames with an extractor
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2011, 03:55:45 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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