Production of Honey
Comb honey requires no extraction equipment and its
production is often practiced by newcomers to the craft, for the first
few seasons of operation. It can be done with any type of hive
including Top Bar Hives.
There may be no equipment required, but the beekeeper is selling his
comb along with his honey crop which may be a disadvantage if beeswax
is required as a crop or useful by-product.
Squeezing and straining... Is where the comb is cut up into
chunks, placed in a cloth bag and the contents squeezed so that the
honey passes through the cloth and drains into a suitable container.
This may be the only way to harvest some types of thixotropic honey
Sections whether round, square or rectangular can be very
profitable, provided that your customers are educated enough and
understand the value of good quality sections. Cassette sections also
come into this category and are gaining in popularity among both
beekeepers and their customers.
The majority of honey in the western world is 'extracted
honey' that is put into various containers and jars. The combs are
reusable and can be considered a capital resource. I have heard
stories of extracting combs that are fifty years old and still going
The 'extractors' page covers wax extractors as well as
honey extractors and various methods of extraction.
The treatment of extracted honey to remove foreign bodies is
dealt with under filtration.
Creaming and homogenising are methods of dealing with
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