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Monday, January 27, 2020

Honey Liquifier

This time of year most beekeepers are noticing that their honey is in various stages of granulation. Most new beekeepers are caught off guard and aren't really set up to deal with granulated honey.
 I have spent the time after the holidays making a honey liquifier. I have finished it. I used a 31 gallon metal trash can. The can and lid are insulated with Reflectix insulation. The heater is a 100 watt incandescent light bulb. There is a thermostat that controls the internal temperature. The liquifier can liquefy five gallon pails or bottles (glass or plastic) of honey.
 This heater can also safely warm up syrup or frames of honey. It really helps when adding honey to a hive when it is cold out, that the frames are around room temperature. Warm syrup can be taken down easier by the bees. Setting the thermostat at 80 degrees for syrup or frames.
 The liquifier is made out of quality materials and is heavy duty. All you need is a 120 volt outlet. The liquifier is easy to move with the handles on the can. It stores easily and does not take up a lot of room.
 I will be donating this honey liquifier to the MN Hobby Beekeepers Auction that is on Feb 1st. Check it out. If you are attending the auction, bring your checkbook.
This is the frame that elevates the honey above the light bulb. The frame is made out of 1/2" galvanized steel schedule 40 pipe. The frame is anchored down to 3/4" plywood. The frame is heavy duty and can easily support a pail of honey.

This pic shows the metal stand frame at the bottom of the can. The can and lid are insulated with Relectix insulation. The thermostat is hanging on the side. I set the temperature to 110 degrees for pails. This pail was partially granulated. I had it in the heater for about 15 hours. I stirred the pail and took a temperature reading with a thermometer. The honey was 110 degrees. Exactly where the thermostat was set. The pail was all liquid after that time.

Here I have two shelves of bottles. One the bottom shelf are 8 oz glass jars. In various stages of granulation. The top shelf is all plastic bottles. 2 oz bears, 12 oz bears, a 2 lb squeeze and a five pound jug. All rock solid granulated bottles. The thermostat is set at 100 degrees for bottles.