Got Bee's? I knew this day would come. One day all those bees would make some honey then I would have to make a honey extractor-anator and extract all the honey in the tri-state area. After all what could go wrong?

I have been a city bee keeper for two years now and this will be my first harvest. I couldn't afford a commercial honey extractor and borrowing the local clubs extractor seemed like a lot of work planning ahead and rushing to go get it extract and then return.

This project went together by solving one problem at a time in sort of a hap hazard way and getting a bit of luck every know and then. Sorry if some of the pictures seem out of order I just went building the parts as i thought of them then wrote this trying to put them in a logical order.

The theory behind the extractor is to spin the frames of honey flinging the honey out and leaving the wax intact. I wanted to spend as least money as possible (under the price of a store bought one 150.00+) and to use what I had on hand.

I noticed that a frame from my hive fit in a food grade bucket that i had for making beer. Lucky me. If i could use that i would not need to buy a bucket.

Step 1: Stuff (parts) and Things (equipment) I Used.


Drill with bits
Scroll saw


Large piece of tivar (Polyethylene) or plastic bread board (wood would also work)
8 - #8 stainless steel screws
1 - 3/8x36" threaded rod
6 - 3/8 bolts, washers, Lock washers
3 - five gallon buckets (as i would later find out one of my 5 gallon buckets is a 6 gallon bucket)
Several pieces of wood
1 - 1/4x7" threaded rod
2 - 1/4 lock nuts
1 - 1/2"x5" PCV pipe
2 - 1/2" end caps
1 - 3/8 Stainless end nut
5 - 1/4" screws
4 - pony beads
Scrap wood or what ever you have on hand
<p>I am amazed at all the self made extractors I see. OK I'm in the UK, but practically all of these would be illegal here. We can only use food grade plastics and/or stainless steel. No trash cans, or bicycle wheels. Think of the non hygenic grease in a bicycle bearing. Zinc coating of a trash can mixed with the the natural acid in honey is a semi toxic blend. Don't sdend any of the honey over here please </p><p>grease in a bicycle wheel </p>
<p>Thanks for the inspiration, I just started building a variation on this appropriate for my needs, will post end result if good.</p><p>Now to improve your understanding of radial extraction: radial extraction, when the frames are perpendicular to the walls of the bucket and cells seemingly parallel to them works because bees use gravity to keep their honey in the cells, they point slightly upwards. Not much but enough. Hence if you place uncapped frame upside down with the bar pointing down-honey will flow out. Similarly, in radial extraction, bars point outwards and when spun centrifugal force will draw out honey as cells are pointing slightly toward bars/bucket walls...</p>
<p>As promised in the comment above, here is the link to my Honey Extractor project Instructible, inspired by &quot;turbobug&quot; example.</p><p>https://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-Honey-Extractor</p>
<p>I don't understand all of this, but fear not! I shall print it for my hubby with a little sticky... Uhhh make this for me! Lol. Awesome instructable! </p>
Extractor-anator, Tristate area? ... I love phineas and ferb!
This is a great Instructable. Many thanks for showing me how to make an extractor on the cheap.
Thanks I'm working on a treadle to spin the machine. might sell them next year
Plastic is porous, it traps chemicals forever you will end up with 'fertalizer' or whatever in your food. Working with industrial grade acid, you can take a 2 year old empty bucket add water and litmus paper and still get a strong acid. Go to a grocery store that makes doughnuts etc, and ask the bakery for buckets, you can get 5 gallon food grade buckets that used to have maple bar filling or something for a buck or for free, my Costco gives 6 gallon buckets for free if you ask.
Nice. Personally, after your first session of uncapping, I would melt down that wax and coat all wooden surfaces in bee's wax. It would make cleanup easier in the long run.
That's a good idea. I was thinking to rebuild the base so the buckets fit under the shelf and the whole thing is easier to store.

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