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You can collect all of the honey from a beehive at the honey super; this is the part of the beehive where most of the honey is stored. There are around eight to ten frames in each honey super. The worker bees store all the nectar in the honeycomb of a frame. After the supers are full with nectar, the beekeepers then work by taking the full honey supers from the hive and extracts the honey. The process takes place during fall before winter comes for the hive,
Honey extractors consist of drums that will have a rotating wire basket; this helps with the honey harvesting process. All of the combs that the beekeeper has already uncapped are put in the drum right in the wired basket. Turning the basket is either done manually or with the help of a motor; the beekeeper will decide. By turning the basket, the honey then comes out from the side of the drum and them slowly drains through a spigot.
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The first step is removing the frames.
If you plan on extracting honey from the beehive, make sure you have the right equipment to do so. You are going to need a helmet or a veil to protect your head from stings, bee suit for protecting your body and gloves for the hands. Getting all the stuff ready is essential to keep the bee extracting process efficiently fast. You need an empty hive body for each of the super you collect and a sheet of plywood to cover up the empty hive bodies and frame gripper.
You need to take the supers to the area where the honey will be extracted and without the gear, you will not be able to do this. You do not want a honey room full of bees; this is why you have to make sure that you remove the frames without irritating the bees.
If you are a smart beekeeper then you should have all of the needed equipment ready before you remove the first frame. Not having even one of the needed equipment is going to put you in a bad spot; everything has to be there so that everything will fall right into the plan. The thing about the equipment is that it plays a huge part in bee extracting; stings from bees are not good at all and without the protective gear, you will get a lot of them.