This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Another Honey Melter

This is a honey melter that a local beekeeper came up with. It works for him.
He took a cooler added a light bulb on the lid. He uses a 40 watt light bulb wired into a dimmer switch. He also uses a indoor/outdoor thermometer to measure the temperature in the cooler. He says when the temperature reaches 100 degrees the honey is usually clear. There is so much mass of the honey in the jars absorbing the heat it takes a while to get to that temperature. As always, all wiring should be done by licensed electrician. Safety from fire is always a number one priority.

Photo by R. Schultz - The honey is on a grate.

Photo by R. Schultz -  A indoor/outdoor thermometer monitors the inside temperature. A dimmer switch on mounted on top.

Photo by R. Schultz - The lamp is mounted on the lid.