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Harlan Cox

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  1. A few last sites to put strips into for me, then a final 16 pallets of supers to extract. Then rest time! Stoked to not be under lock down in the city we really are fortunate to be beekeepers. For your friday funny this is how I'm feeling at the end of the season. I need a holiday. Warning bad language. Its 2 and half minutes long
  2. Nope no heat exchanger. The Maxant brochure claims no heating required, I was dubious but sure enough it does a great job without. No whipping of the honey, just comes out clean at room temperature. I dont even have a warm room, just spinning honey every few days as I harvest. My plant is run off a fairly large solar system, with a generator as back up.
  3. I'm using a Maxant 7000 cappings spinner, it's really good. Nice clean honey and dry cappings, I'm using a Boutelje rotary sieve as a secondary filter, hardly needed really. The maxant has a small footprint and I've had good support from the factory, I bought it second hand and had to order in a new drive motor from the US. I should add that I'm only pricking my frames, so it doesn't have large volumes of wax to deal with
  4. I don't bother to extract our avocado honey, not that I ever get too much, preferring to leave it on the hives as feed to get them through to our next honey flow post pollination. But like anything if the price is right then it's worth my while to make the effort. I'm with @tristanon the taste, I'm a fan. Dark molasses goodness
  5. Rear diff lock as standard too on the Mahindra. Beauty
  6. Nice one @kaihoka I like these types of agreements. My plan for the coming spring: head down bum up I've dropped hive numbers back a bit and streamlined the business over the past year. About to start feeding honey back to hives, I've changed my strategy away from feeding syrup and set aside a few hundred boxes of honey for my hives. I've also left a box of honey on them this past autumn. Other than that just business as usual for me, with one eye watching my costs.
  7. @Maru Hoani no not Arataki, we should have an end of season beer and compare notes
  8. I recently sent off about 1000 mats and the return definitely didn't cover the time and hassle of putting them out, pulling them in and palletising etc. The time before I recieved about $5 per mat but this lot closer to $1.50 so I've pulled the pin.
  9. I'd put money on these bad bees being waspies
  10. Hi there, sorry to say it but your hive sounds doomed. Where did you get the bees from? You didnt just put in a caged queen with attendant bees into your hive ware by chance? Autumn is the wrong time to be starting out unless you have a well established colony complete with everything that bees need to survive the winter. My advice is get someone who knows what they're doing to take a look at what you've got, then make a plan to have a proper crack next Season. Look at joining your local bee club, there are a whole lot of ways to kill a honeybee colony. Sort out what's going on with your bees before looking at replacing the floorboard. Also check that the entrance is open, if it's an older type hive dr base the the broodbox slides back to shut the entrance, which could explain why bees are getting stuck in the vents. Could be robbers. Could be lots if things.
  11. Thanks for that. Yes the speed controllers run fine off my power source - the variable speed drives on the extractors work perfectly- so no worries there. For bigger chunks of comb I've been saving up then filling cappings bags that then fit into an extractor, and spinning the honey out. It's actually working really well. I have a Boutelje semi automatic pricker and two older Lyson 8 frame extractors that I've had fully reconditioned, they actually work really well too while being fairly lightly built. The honey drains from the extractors to a single sump from which I pump it up into the rotary sieve which is located on the top of a vat. The rotary sieve is set up on a timer and rotates 270 degrees every three minutes - it rocks back and forth. With just me in the plant I'm only doing about 60 boxes a day at the moment, which is about right for the rotary sieve as it has a fair bit of wax in it by this stage. I leave that switched on over night and by morning I have a good collection of sticky cappings that has the majority of honey drained out. I have a pretty good mid sized compressor for running the pricker, everything runs off the solar no trouble the only issue is heating. I'll be putting in a solar hot water set up this winter with radiator type heaters in the clean room to keep everything warm. Sounds like the self cleaning filter might be the go for me for further cleaning of honey that's been through the sieve? I guess I could set up the sieve so I'm pumping through it when I am drumming off .
  12. Great information here, thanks team. Anecdotally with my own test results I found maybe half of my manuka from the 2017/18 season failed the five attributes test, with the fresh honey testing in at a 10+ and DHA over 2000. Good manuka from good manuka sites in Northland. 2map levels were under 5 and 3pla well over 400 so non manuka. Interestingly this past seasons manuka with similar MG and DHA has flown through with 2map up to 10. It seems to me like we're taking part in a big science experiment with this level of variation over just two seasons. To MPIs credit we had someone come and take a bunch our and other Northland beekeepers manuka and kanuka samples this year for furthering their research. I'm left wondering how our manuka will test next season..? In the meantime I'll just keep on doing my thang, tending to my bees and spinning some honey. Lifes good and bring on winter, can't wait to do something that doesn't involve bees for a bit I've just about had my fill for the season
  13. Great info thanks, I've just set up a small basic honey plant of my own and am putting this years kanuka crop through it at the moment. Currently just pricking frames and using a boutlje rotary sieve for removing wax, problem being this gravity sieves honey to just 1000 microns. So I've been investigating whether to add a spin float, and filter centrifuge or a self cleaning filter like you've just described to further filter the honey. I have a flexible impeller type pump so low pressure. Also the whole plant is run off a solar power set up so the lower the energy consumption the better. The plant is run through a 6kw inverter off the solar and I have a 7kva generator for back up if need be. What do you reckon @tristan what filter set up would you go for? Or anyone else for that matter? Thanks
  14. I haven't had any issues with willow dew this year, very little of it coming into hives in the Far North. Last year there was definitely more, and the year before was a real nightmare.
  15. I can't comment on prices but I will be leaving all my Bush honey on hives this year for feed, so I'm doing my part to reduce supply
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