Extracting honey from a top bar hive

How to extract honey from a top bar hive:

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Don Stephan (Don Stephan)

March 16th, 2011 at 7:39pm

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.

Cindy Cottingham (Bee Charmer)

March 17th, 2011 at 7:59pm

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.

James Zitting (James Zitting)

March 25th, 2011 at 11:07am

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