I have been using for the second time my large extractor. and I need a little input. what is a good temperature to extract?
THE WARMER IT IS, THE EASIER IT IS TO DO A GOOD JOB. IMO NEVER
LESS THAN 90 DEGREES
should you go as fast as possible or use a slower speed to run at maximum stability? Maybe the fastest smooth speed I am thinking.
EXTRACTING AT A HIGHER SPEED REMOVES MORE HONEY,
I START OUT SLOW AND GRADUALLY BUILD UP SOMETIMES, I
REARRANGE THE FRAMES FOR A SMOTHER SPIN IN MY 9/18 EXTRACTOR
I am using my weakl hives to clean the frames that survived the extracting. after they are clean, i would think that an empty hive body would be the best storage for the drawn comb, I am short of shed space. that would be best with a lid on bottom and top, or not?
THAT WILL WORK OK, BUT YOU HAVE TO PUT MOTH PROTECTION
IN EACH SUPER BOX, OR IN THE SPRING YOU WILL HAVE NOTHING LEFT.
I tried heating up a knife, not owning hot knife, is there a better way? some of the cells didn't get emptied and a few of them tore up.
I will appreciate you comments and answere
A SERRATED KNIFE WILL WORK, OFTEN USED TO CUT FROZEN FOOD,
THE HEATED KNIFE YOU ARE USEING HAS BEEN USED FOR YEARS,
BY MANY KEEPERS, YOU MIGHT TRY USEING TWO, SO ONE STAYS HOT
ALL THE TIME, USE A FORK TO SCRATCH THE TOPS OFF ANY LOW CELLS
UNOPENED CELLS OFTEN ARE NOT EXTRACTED ACT LIKE A LEAD WEIGHT
AND TEAR UP THE COMB.
If some of them are a bit mashed will the bees repair them next spring or should I scrap them and use foundation?
THE BEES WILL REPAIR THEM, YOU JUST NEED TO MAKE A JUDGEMENT
CALL AS TO THEIR VALUE. COMBS WILL GIVE YOU A HEAD START NEXT
YEAR, YEILDING A BETTER CROP.