Video: Separate Honey from Wax w/o a Centrifuge

There is a proper tool for every job. We didn't have that tool so we made some stuff up with and threw our temp controller on top. Normally when harvesting honey from langstroth bee hive frames you insert the frames in a centrifuge and spin out the honey leave thing the wax. Centrifuges are pretty expensive starting at $300 and would get minimal use from us. This leaves us with the problem "how do we separate wax from honey"? The one thing we are good at here is temperature control so once again we bust out the crock pot and hookup a temperature controller holding a water temperature in the crock of 118F to keep our honey raw.

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Jay Dedman said...

Anytime you can pull honey from a hive means you're doing something correct. We only have access to a centrifuge honey extractor because our local bee club shares one.

I like the way you guys are extracting honey in such a simply way. What do you do with the wax?

Mikey Sklar said...

Wendy makes salves and lip balm with the wax.

Joel said...


I could also see a solar thermal collector (maybe a stack of aluminum cans?) and a muffin fan or water pump standing in for the photovoltaic system and crock pot.

As to cottage industry, I just had an odd idea: Have you considered making little salve pots by CNC milling local stone? You could mill matching lids, or maybe seal them with cut-off champagne corks or something.

Mikey Sklar said...


We could be using our sun oven for wax separation. It tends to jump in temperature well beyond RAW levels.

Interesting idea about milling stone. I've not tried to cut a material that hard before.

The High Desert Chronicles said...

We'll be making top bar bee hives out of old pallets this coming spring. When we make them, we'll post pictures (maybe a video) of the process. Top bar is supposed to be healthier for the bees since it allows them to make their own combs to the size needed. In this way, they can dictate what kind of bee is to be born, and they can also control mites by making their combs smaller in size. You do get more wax from these kinds of beehives, but you won't need a centrifuge to extract the honey...just a plain old potato masher.

The High Desert Chronicles said...

I just saw the follow-up email box derr! I'm such a dork. I'm leaving this comment so I can get follow ups. LOL