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Bill the Beekeeper
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« on: August 02, 2005, 06:09:31 PM »

I have only a few frames of honey that I need/want to extract the honey out of. I have no access to an extracting machine, so can I just cut the tops off of the combs and drain it into a pan?

What is the best way to get this honey out of the combs?
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2005, 07:36:37 PM »

It won't drain very well. I've tried it. Some of the honey came out, but no where near all of it. The only option I think you have is to scrap off all the comb and squeeze & strain it. I've done that most of the time.

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2005, 02:21:25 AM »

I have been told that you can remove the comb from the frame and place it in a bucket.  Next mash the comb until all the honey is squeesed from it.  Pour it through a strainer and there ya go.  This is best done on a hot day.  This is what a friend told me, I myself have never tried it.  Hope this helps.
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2005, 09:47:50 AM »

There is a certain amount of waste from the layer of honey you can't get off all the equipment.  If you only have a couple of frames to do, I'd crush and strain or do cut comb.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2005, 05:37:26 PM »

This crush methid seems to waste a lot of wax in the form of drawn frames that you could use next year too.  there must be abeekeeper around that will share a small hand-crank extractor with you.....
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2005, 12:42:54 PM »

If you crush up the comb real well and let it sit for a day, the wax be floating  in a layer on the honey. Squeeze this wax to remove the honey then wash it in water before carefully melting. I did this the first year but there is no substitute for an extractor. I was able to rent one from the local Dadant office.
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