The FCBA owns a manual extractor and an electrically-powered extractor. Extractors can be rented by FCBA members. The manual extractor works fine for a small number of frames. For a large frame count, the electrically-powered extractor will save on shoulder wear-and-tear!
Extractors are stored in Dave Maloney’s garage at 1612 Shookstown Rd., Frederick, MD. Contact Dave (email@example.com, 301-228-2279) to arrange for their use. Pick them up from and return them to Dave.
The manual extractor is capable of extracting both deep as well as medium and shallow frames. The powered extractor can normally extract only medium and shallow frames, but Dave Maloney has a set of three metal basket inserts you can borrow if extracting deeps.
Cost. The cost for rental is $15 per 3-day session (pickup on day 1, use on day 2, return on day 3) for the powered extractor and $5 for the manual extractor (for three days).
Payment should be made by check payable to FCBA and sent to the club Treasurer Bill Conyers, 2539 Mill Race Rd, Frederick Md 21701. Alternatively, you can pay via PayPal. When doing so, use the “send money” feature to send your payment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cleanup. Please hose the extractors down with cold water immediately after use, nearly all residual honey and bits of wax can be removed without dismantling the extractors. Hose down first with cold water. Blast the bits of wax and propolis away. Then pour a bucket or two of hot water into the extractor and rub down the inside with a clean brush or sponge to dissolve and remove left-over honey. Then another good blast of water will leave it pretty clean. On the powered extractor, be sure to keep the motor covered with a plastic bag during clean-up to avoid getting it wet. Wipe down exterior with warm water. When cleaning the powered extractor, be careful of the fragile plastic drain gate on the outside at the bottom edge of the extractor.
As noted, dismantling the powered extractor is normally not necessary. Reassembly has proven problematic in the past, so please clean without dismantling. If it is necessary to dismantle, be sure not to loose any pieces, and when reassembling please be sure that the center basket spindle is properly inserted into the Teflon bushing that is centered in the bottom three-armed spider support.
What you get: The following are provided along with either extractor:
- Extractor (with Dave Maloney’s extractor stand if using the electrically-powered extractor; with Dave’s T-stand on casters if using the manual extractor)
- Uncapping tub with wooden cross piece with frame pivot nail.
- Serrated manual uncapping knife
- Uncapping fork
- Two-part honey strainer
- Dave’s deep frame extracting baskets (optional) (Only needed when using the electrically-powered extractor and when extracting deep frames. Not needed for the manual extractor.)
Use. Have your buckets ready before hand. Be sure the extractor is as evenly balanced as possible.
For the electrically-powered unit, start on low speed and run for a few minutes before increasing speed. If is seldom necessary to run the extractor any faster that 3/4 power. By carefully lifting the lid slightly and peering inside with a flashlight you can see when the honey has pretty much stopped being flung from the frames to the wall of the extractor.
The extractor will sometimes shake or wobble. That is OK. Hold it in place. Excessive shaking and “walking” around the room is not OK. Stop the machine and check to see if something might be causing the imbalance. It might be that you neglected to uncap BOTH sides of one of the frames.
The manual extractor comes with a T-shaped stand on casters. This stand will help absorb extractor wobbling as you crank.
Be sure to drain honey regularly. Failure to do so will result in the honey level reaching the bottom of the spinning frames.
If extracting deeps in the electric extractor, be sure to get clear directions from Dave on the use of his baskets that are designed to hold deep frames. Improper use will damage the frames as well as the extractor. The manual extractor extracts shallow, medium as well as deep frames without the need for these baskets.