What do you do with the capping knife?

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  1. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Ok you plug it in and cut the cap off the first frame. Now you do :baby04: something with the knife so you can place the frame in the extractor. What do you do with that hot thing???

    I hung mine from a stiff wire fastened to the ceiling but that didn't work to well, hot wax and honey ran down unto the handle and cord.
    :D Al
     
  2. Chickieeeee

    Chickieeeee Well-Known Member

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    That's where two people are helpful. When my dh is done uncapping, he hands me the frame, I hand him a capped frame and I take the uncapped one to the extractor.
     

  3. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    With 4 hands that isn't a problem. But many bee keepers extract alone, as I had to on Friday. Looking for tips here on what to do with that hot knife.

    :D Al
     
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    Put it in the cappings so it doesn't overheat.
     
  5. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Thanks for the Idea Rose. I had a 4" strip of 1/2 inch hardware cloth that fit the uncapping tank perfect. It not only held the knife but the capping scratcher too.

    My knife has a thermostat so it doesn't over heat. The other one doesn't have a therostat and does over heat to the point of stinking up the honey house with burning honey and wax. I'm going to rig up a light dimmer switch for it to control the heat.

    :D Al