I have some hives at an apiary in the hills and I used all foundationless frames in the honey supers (jeff: I used wired foundation for my brood boxes ) . This has worked out very well_ I inspected a few days ago and my supers are all full of the most superb beautiful snow white (dry capped) virgin honeycomb. I plan to harvest it in the next week or two.
The plan is to harvest quite a bit as cut comb- but there is a little bit of cross combing- and some uneven sections- and I want to extract the honey from these bits. I have a honey spinner but these combs are going to be very delicate and I have a feeling they will bow and break in the spinner- plus I want to cut out most of it- so I am looking into alternate ways of extracting the honey from the parts that don’t end up as cut comb.
I am thinking of using a honey press- (or a grape press they are a bit cheaper). I am wondering if anyone has any experience using these and how well they have gone with it?
failing that- does anyone have any suggestions about simple extraction methods to separate the honey from the wax?
lastly: if anyone in Adelaide reads this and they have a press- I would love to borrow/rent for honey it.