While I have a rotary extractor, I mostly use smash and drain honey extraction techniques. I do this because i find it easier.
Additionally, I want the wax as much as the honey, and because using homemade foundation, I end up breaking a lot of honey comb in the extractor.
I have been using a large tub, and just smashing the comb up and letting it drain out slowly, but the cheap plastic tub broke and I started looking for a new solution.
What I really wanted was the commercial honey decapping tub that I had been drooling over for a while, but at $129 dollars I figured I could do better.
Luckily, almost all the commercial tubs have the same statistics and features, and are all almost the same price, so it was pretty easy for me to decide what I wanted once I compared it to the commercial one I have shown in the picture.
In order to make my DIY Honey Decapping Tub I simply bought a large plastic tub, and some screws, a board, and a honey strainer. In total I spent under $50.
The most expensive part was the plastic tote, and the next was the honey gate (linked to below).
Once I figured out where to bolt my frame rest, and drilled the hole for the gate, assembly only took a few minutes.
In the video above I show how I use my DIY Decapping Tub to harvest honey from my beehives.
A commercial tub would be easier as they are built to the dimensions of the typical frame. I was limited to the tubs sold at the hardware store and mine is a little too little.
Either way the process is very similar either way.
Using a Decapping Tub:
- Rest the capped frame of honey on the bar attached across the top of the tub
- Run your decapping knife or capping scratcher down the frame either cutting the cap off or scratching it open.
- Allow the cut cappings, bits of wax, and honey to fall into the tub.
- Once the frame is decapped allow it to sit inside the tub and drain.
- Elevate one end of the tub and open the honey gate to allow the honey to flow into your filtering bucket.
Using the tub is pretty simple.