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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.

Picture of 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
Jennifer-11 months ago

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!

babyschiefs2 years ago
Extractor-anator, Tristate area? ... I love phineas and ferb!
Bubbler2 years ago
This is a great Instructable. Many thanks for showing me how to make an extractor on the cheap.
turbobug (author)  Bubbler2 years ago
Thanks I'm working on a treadle to spin the machine. might sell them next year
wizworm3 years ago
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.
Jobar0073 years ago
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.
turbobug (author)  Jobar0073 years ago
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.