Honey gate - Non drip?

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Thornes and National Bee Supplies sell a snap shut 'clean cut' valve (called the 'perfection' valve with NBS) which is meant to be drip free, I have one but have yet to try it. I think you need a metal bottling tank as it needs a robust foundation to work effectively.


Castle farms sell them as well < £16 delivered.
 

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I too have stopped using the valve, reverting to using a jug from the bucket, it feels so much simpler, efficient and drip free
 

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But using the valve is like a fun computer game! :geek:
Tbh, I've just gotten used to the drip and wipe the surface with a damp cloth every now and then when I walk past. The drip is like a permanent member of the household. I might start saying 'Morning' and 'Sleep tight!' to it. I'll miss it when all the honey in the bucket sets.
 

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The valve should not leak if the hinge nut and the nut on the other side are tightened to compress the O ring slightly and the O ring is in good condition. Never have a problem with any of mine.
 

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The valve should not leak if the hinge nut and the nut on the other side are tightened to compress the O ring slightly and the O ring is in good condition. Never have a problem with any of mine.
I discovered the mistake I made for years was storing my honey container with the honey/gate valve shut, this keeping the o ring under prolonged compression robbed it of its necessary flexing !
 

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A good quality O ring should stay flexible for many years. They're used in plumbing joints for example, and in all sorts of industrial equipment.
 

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A good quality O ring should stay flexible for many years. They're used in plumbing joints for example, and in all sorts of industrial equipment.
This is true .
Yet not too many are deployed in situations like a honey container!
Good quality O rings are subject to failure ..I spent my working life in engineering! The advice I gave is still valid, costs nowt and can do no harm so why not ?
 

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I tried putting pressure on the gate as described above when I poured honey today and didn't get a single messy jar (or worktop) in the 40 jars I filled 👍🏻
 
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