For the price of a whole saw at ace hardware, and the honey gate you can have a very nice bucket that you can bottle from for very cheep.
I'm sure your right about that IF
I were going to buy a hole saw. But, I didn't!!
I got my first two 5-gallon buckets & lids today. I cleaned both of them very good. After they dried good I took one of the lids and used my pocket knife to cut the big hole out in the lid to the bucket that I will use as the bottling bucket. If anyone else tries that, I would suggest that they be VERY
care ful!! If the knife slips just right, even a dull knife can do some serious damage. I keep mine razor sharp and had no problem. I was just VERY
And with honey gates so expensive, rather than buy 5 or 10 honey gates for that many buckets, you could buy several smaller valves that don't lend themselves to honey and set the other buckets to drain into the honey valve bucket while you bottle from the honey valve. It might be a case of a chair on top of a table, but it would be a lot cheaper.
That was the same thing that I was thinking. But, if I put honey valves on the buckets that I don't use as bottling buckets, they (the valves) will stick out. For most, I'm sure that would not be such a problem. But, I know my luck and how clumsy I can sometimes be. Sooner or later I would either trip over one of the valves or bang into it with a bucket full of honey. And then, I'd have one heck of a mess!!
Keep in mind that I only have one hive right now. So, what I think I'll try is just pouring the honey from a regular bucket into the bottling bucket. I can make a rest or stand for the regular bucket to sit on (as it is tipped over0 while it drains into the bottling bucket.Chad said:
I think the lids have more smell than the jars. Perhaps a wash in clorox would help. Any thoughts?
I have used a pickle jar as a feeder too. Fortunately, the glass doesn't harbor the pickle smell or taste like plastic does. I quick trip through the dishwasher should take care of it. If it won't fit in your dishwasher, a good washing with some dish soap, a rinse with some mild bleach water, and a good rinsing with some plain water should make it fine to use as a feeder.
As for the lid, I washed it the same way that I did the jar and it still had a small amount of pickle smell to it. So, I set it out in the sun for a couple of days and washed it again. That time neither my wife or I could smell any more pickle! I've been using it since then and the girls have never turned it down!