A honey spinner or extractor is a type of mechanized device used for honey extraction from bee combs without causing any damage to them. This device works through centrifugal force. The spinner has a cylindrical drum holding the frame basket.
Through spinning this around, honey can be extracted out of combs.
According to Bee Keep Club, the main benefit of this is the fact that the combs and wax stay intact so that this can still be returned for the bees to use again. There are two primary kinds of honey extractors, radial or tangential.
Their difference lies in the way the frames are being assembled inside the basket.
In radial baskets, the frame’s top bar faces outwards. On the other hand, one side of the comb in tangential baskets faces outwards.
The large companies involved in the industry of honey extraction often opt for radial baskets since they primarily depend on the bee comb cells’ upward slope. They are dependent on the slope since honey extraction is made easier by using the centrifugal force being applied on the comb’s upper edge, opposite to the gravity’s direction while inside the hive.
The tiniest kind of radial honey extractor is holding two frames and the ones used by the large commercial companies are able to hold over a hundred frames.
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