Beekeeping is a rewarding hobby, that requires quite a bit of dedication in the Spring and Summer months. Beekeepers are also know by the name Apiarists, and they manage bee colonies in man made hives. They collect the honey produced alongside pollen, beeswax and royal jelly. The main job of the bee is to build honey combs and fill the compartments with honey. In the olden days the honeycombs used to be destroyed in order to extract the honey that it contained. We now understand the work that the bees have to do to build these honeycombs and, thanks to technical advances made, there are many tools that can be used to extract the honey, with minimal damage to the precious combs.
The honey extraction usually takes place in late summer but some beekeepers do it server times a year. The first major stage in extraction is a term known as 'Uncapping'. In short, it is the removal of the wax capping from the comb. It can be done by an automated machine, which is the preferred method for the more commercial operations. It can also be done using a normal knife (which is very time consuming) or by using a electric hand held uncapping knives and machines. The honey cannot be removed until the removal of the wax capping has been done.
A honey uncapping knife is an essential tool for any beekeeper and it's important to use a good quality one. An electric uncapping knife heats up, making the removal of wax much easier. The process of preparing honey frames for the assembly and pumping of honey is greatly facilitated. It can be plugged in at the mains or can run from a 12v battery. As with any electrical equipment, always use responsibly.
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