Do you need a honey extractor to extract honey from combs?

I am considering to start beekeeping and I read that you need a honey extractor to separate the honey from the wax, the problem is that the hone extractors are very expensive.

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4 Responses to Do you need a honey extractor to extract honey from combs?

  1. cuberoot says:

    No. You don’t need one, but it makes things easier and saves time. If you don’t have one, you need to remove the caps from the honey stores and let gravity do its job to slowly leak out into a bucket. I’m surprised honey extractors are expensive, they are generally much cheaper than a hive. You don’t need an electric one or a fancy one, just the cheap manual hand wound extractor.

  2. Corvato says:

    small time: no
    you can pull out the frames, and scrape off the wax and turn it over, which will drizzle out the honey, but its not as efficient.

  3. S says:

    They are basically a centrifuge. They spin the honey out of the combs so you can collect it faster. If you are going to be doing this on a large scale, you will need one, but it can be done without one.

  4. Nur says:

    Hi David,

    Actually the traditional way of extracting honey in the old times was to squeeze the honeycomb to separate the honey from the wax, not using the honey extractor. But honey extractors definitely make the process of extracting honey easier and less tedious by applying centrifugal force.

    There is one type of honey called heather honey that is usually obtained from Scotland and Northern England which is really thick and dense, and cannot be extracted from the combs using the same method as other varieties of honey. For this particular honey variety, extra pressure needs to be applied using a special press that squeezes the honeycomb to extract the honey.

    But if you are thinking to do it in a large scale, honey extractors would definitely make the extraction process much easier.

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