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Extracting honey from a top bar hive

posted by James Zitting on Mar 16th, 2011 at 1:38pm
How to extract honey from a top bar hive:



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James Zitting  

My name is James Zitting, and I've had a 20 year fascination with bees. As a hobby beekeeper, I started out using conventional commercial hives with molded-plastic frames only to discover that these hives had a wide range of problems. They were bad for the bees, and they made my duties as a beekeeper much harder than they needed to be. So, I took to designing the Homestead beehives, available at BeeLanding.com.

Comment by Don Stephan on Mar 16th, 2011 at 7:39pm 0 Likes

As a former beekeeper I had been wondering how one would remove honey from your "frames." Thanks for posting the video.

Gentle honeybees can be an immensely satisfying hobby I would recommend to anyone interested. But keep in mind that there are more challenges to bee health than when I was active, so one must accept the potential for occasional colony die-off.

Comment by Bee Charmer on Mar 17th, 2011 at 7:59pm 0 Likes

WOW! I had no idea you could sling honey from a TBH! I have one that is going into it's 2nd season. I assumed I would either have to crush and strain or make comb or chunk honey from it. Last year the combs seemed very fragile. Hopefully having older comb this year we might be able to sling some from it. Do you think the combs would hold up to a radial extractor better? Thanks for posting this.

Comment by James Zitting on Mar 25th, 2011 at 11:07am 0 Likes

Yes mature comb always does better. Make sure your extractor has screen support on the comb, and be gentle with the spinning.

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