Continuing the discussion from Where does one purchase the curved honey extraction tubes?:
Hi. I completed an extraction of all 6 flow frames this morning using the manifold in the pictures. Absolutely no issues - drained all frames in about 30 mins. The manifold is made of bog standard water reticulation UPVC 20mm pipe and fittings (which are food grade). The only real issue was the horizontal spacing of the flow frames being 50mm and the natural pitch of the 20mm Tees is 70mm. Simple enough exercise to trim 10mm off each side of the T and glue together. As there is no pressure, the smaller gluing surface won’t matter. The flow tubes are a nice friction fit inside the 20mm elbows and there was no leakage.
The length of the vertical pipe nearest the collection cube is 150mm and the one in the elbow is 120mm, thus giving about 30mm fall towards the collection point. The cube has a 20mm hole drilled in the cap. The pipe passes neatly thru it preventing the bees from trying to recover their property. Total cost of pipe & fitting (ex Bunnings) was $A17.45. Hope that helps anyone wanting to manifold their frames.