How to Extract Honey With a Hand Crank Honey Extractor – For most beekeepers, there’s nothing better than extracting honey from their own hives. Most owners collect at least 2-5 gallons of honey using hand crank honey extractor everytime they harvest. How do they do this?
The first thing you need to do is to ensure that you are well-protected. ALWAYS wear a bee suit with a hood when you’re planning on harvesting the honey from your bee hive. Gloves and a suit with an attached mesh hood is recommended.
Smoking is one technique in keeping the bees calm while you harvest the honey. Some beekeepers use grass, twigs, or any piece of paper in the canister of the smoker and put the lighted canister into the hives as they open the hive. Some beekeepers think that smoking the bees could hurt them when it actually does not. All it does is to keep the bees calm long enough for the beekeepers to extract the frames without being attacked.
Now, this is the tricky part, though it can also be simple depending on the condition of the hive. In this step, you would need a tool like a hive separator to pull the frames apart. There are times when the comb could stick into the frames which could make it harder to lift it out in one piece – that’s the tricky part.
Once you’ve secured the frames, take them as far away from the hive as possible to avoid the bees from flying towards it. Once you’re far enough, use a hot knife to get the wax off. Then, it’s time to put it in the hand crank honey extractor.
A hand crank honey extractor is a like a spinning device that uses centrifugal force to extract the honey from the frames. Now, you need to spin the crankshaft handle in your extractor to ooze the honey out. Do this with the other frames you have collected from the beehives. Don’t worry if you don’t see any honey oozing out for the first minute of spinning the crankshaft of your honey extractor. It usually takes a few minutes before you can see any from coming out.
It’s also important to filter your honey. This will help remove any beeswax that’s been extracted out of the frame as well. Your honey will not immediately come out of the filter so you will have to wait for about 1-2 hours for all of it to come out.