Just about everyone who has ever had a job beekeeping will tell you that it is one of the most rewarding jobs that they have ever had. It is a worthwhile activity which is made even more attractive by the final product that you can reap from it and that is the honey. Whether you are beekeeping as part of a business or job or just as a personal hobby the final outcome in either field is the production of honey. So needless to say somewhere along the line you will have to purchase a honey extractor.
Honey extractors are machines that are used to remove the honey from the comb during the honey harvesting season. These devices have advantages over other methods because they extract the honey from the comb while maintaining the integrity of the honeycomb itself. The question you may be asking yourself at this time is how to use a honey extractor. A honey extractor works on the principle of centrifugal force. Some types of honey extractors include radial extractors and tangential extractors.
The basic principle of either type is that you have a frame that spins inside an extractor drum that through centrifugal force literally flings or throws the honey out of the honeycomb. This honey is then collected in an extraction chamber and can be used for whatever purpose you may have in mind. You may remove the honey from the extraction chamber by whatever means you have or there are pumps that can be purchased to help you remove the honey from the extraction chamber.
Although this process may sound like it is complicated is not, once you go through procedure once or twice you will become quite efficient at it and be removing the honey from your combs like a professional in no time at all. Honey extractors can be purchased in many different sizes, those for commercial use contain over one hundred frames or you can purchase small ones that hold about two to three frames. There are some medium-sized commercial extractors that hold about 30 to 60 frames at a time. You will find that extractors of this size may be affordable to you. If you are extracting honey on a smaller scale than investing in one of these machines may not be the right thing for you.
If a honey extractor is not affordable for you then you should do a search on the Internet where you will find many different homemade honey extractor ideas designed by ordinary people who cannot afford the expensive high-tech models available today. In fact there are those who simply cut open the honeycomb and partake of the honey directly from it. If you do decide to purchase your first honey extractor you should remember to maintain it in proper working order and keep it clean at all times and it will last you for many, many years.