Making Honey Extractor
Making Your Own Honey Extractor
Do you love honey and want to try your hand at making your own honey extractor? If you're a beekeeper or simply someone who loves the idea of harvesting your own honey, this blog post is for you. We'll guide you through the process of making your own honey extractor, so you can enjoy the sweet rewards of your hard work. Let's get started!
Materials and Tools Needed:
Before we dive into the steps, let's gather the necessary materials and tools. To make your DIY honey extractor, you'll need:
A clean 5-gallon bucket with a lid
A stainless steel honey gate
A large saucepan
A mesh strainer
A drill with a hole saw attachment (2-inch diameter)
A jigsaw or hacksaw
A power drill with a ¼-inch drill bit
A large plastic or metal mesh basket
A 12-inch long, 1-inch diameter PVC pipe
A 2-inch long, 1-inch diameter PVC pipe
PVC primer and cement
A lazy susan bearing
4 L-shaped metal brackets
8 nuts and bolts
Washers (to fit the bolts)
A tape measure
Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Own Honey Extractor:
Preparing the bucket:
Thoroughly clean the 5-gallon bucket and lid to remove any contaminants.
Using the drill and hole saw attachment, drill a 2-inch hole in the center of the bucket lid.
With the jigsaw or hacksaw, cut a 2-inch wide notch in the rim of the bucket lid. This will allow the honey to flow out when the extractor is in use.
Assembling the honey gate:
Measure 3 inches from the bottom of the bucket and mark the spot with a marker.
Use the 2-inch hole saw attachment to drill a hole where you marked.
Insert the honey gate into the hole and secure it with the provided nuts and washers. Make sure the gate is tightly sealed to prevent leaks.
Preparing the PVC pipes:
Apply PVC primer to the ends of both PVC pipes and let it dry.
Apply PVC cement to one end of the 12-inch PVC pipe and attach the 2-inch PVC pipe, forming a T-shape.
Allow the cement to dry completely.
Attaching the lazy susan bearing:
Center the lazy susan bearing on the bottom of the bucket and mark the holes with a marker.
Drill pilot holes for the screws using the ¼-inch drill bit.
Attach the lazy susan bearing to the bottom of the bucket using the screws and a screwdriver.
Assembling the spinning basket:
Choose a mesh basket that will fit inside the 5-gallon bucket and hold at least two frames from your beehive.
Drill a hole in the center of the mesh basket's bottom, large enough to accommodate the 1-inch diameter PVC pipe.
Slide the mesh basket onto the PVC pipe, with the T-shaped end inside the basket.
Attaching the basket to the lazy susan bearing:
Position the mesh basket and PVC pipe assembly inside the bucket, aligning the bottom of the pipe with the center hole of the lazy susan bearing.
Secure the PVC pipe to the bearing using the L-shaped brackets, nuts, and bolts. Place washers between the bracket and the bearing for a snug fit.
Tighten the nuts and bolts with a wrench, ensuring the basket spins smoothly on the lazy susan bearing.
Preparing the extractor for use:
Place the modified bucket lid onto the 5-gallon bucket, making sure the honey gate is closed.
Ensure the spinning basket is properly aligned and secured inside the bucket.
Your DIY honey extractor is now ready for use!
Using Your DIY Honey Extractor:
Uncapping the honeycomb:
Before placing the honeycomb frames in the extractor, you'll need to uncap the honeycomb cells. This can be done using an uncapping knife or fork. Gently scrape off the wax caps to expose the honey.
Loading the honeycomb frames:
Place the uncapped honeycomb frames inside the spinning basket, ensuring they are evenly balanced.
Spinning the frames:
Secure the bucket lid and begin spinning the frames by rotating the PVC pipe handle. You can spin the frames manually or use a power drill to speed up the process.
Spin the frames at a steady pace to avoid damaging the honeycomb. Continue spinning until the honey has been extracted from the cells.
Collecting the honey:
Once the honey has been extracted, remove the spinning basket and frames from the bucket.
Open the honey gate and allow the honey to flow into the large saucepan.
Use a mesh strainer to filter any wax particles or debris from the honey.
Storing the honey:
Pour the strained honey into clean, airtight containers for storage.
Properly stored honey can last indefinitely, so enjoy your liquid gold for years to come!
With this step-by-step guide, you now have everything you need to make your own honey extractor. Not only will you save money by creating this DIY extractor, but you'll also be able to harvest your own honey and experience the satisfaction of self-sufficiency. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your materials, and let's get extracting!