If your using 8 slot castellated spacers in your super, please send me a pm on how you found decapping the thick supers. I think you will find it a bit of a bind to say the least.I start off without them and then when all the frames are drawn and partially filled I put them in a box with the castellations and space for 8 frames instead of 10. So far it looks neat. Nice fat even super comb.
Hi Polyanwood, if they are on unwired foundation you could try cut comb.Thanks BCrazyWell I hadn't thought of how I would decap them! Doh! I just liked that they looked flatter, so they look easier. I think I'll stop buying castellations for a while then and make up some more Hoffman frames. Mind you I'm not sure the Hoffmans fit in the extractor.
What are the potential pros and cons of a hot air gun please Frisbee? It sounds like your preferred method, so haven't found any show stopping problems, but what advice can you give to a novice to avoid early pitfalls?
Why any novice has now got frames requiring manual spacing is beyond me totally. I spent years getting rid of plastic and tin plate spacers, pinning and gluing bits of wood to frames to "Manley" them, and the issue still exists today! Why? Because Thornes make too much money out of this nonsense.Some of the classic issues are now emerging as the novices come face to face with the reality of how difficult it actually is to extract.
Hot wire? There is a commercial machine that works/worked on a heated blade system so not really a new idea.
I never tried the hot air for a very simple reason, I wanted to trim the combs well back in the extraction process, (talking Manleys here) so as to give the wax builders work the next season.
As a consequence about a third of my honey went into the cappings bucket.
How did I deal with that? A modified spin dryer. A bog standard one that had the safety catch removed so that it could spin with the lid open.
The drum was lined with coarse mesh, and the bag inside was made of 400 micron mesh from memory. The resulting honey was perfectly clean and the wax near dry.
As a system this was used by small producers to extract heather honey, the combs were cut out, mashed up and spun.
Care obviously must be taken as honey sun out of the drum at 1800 revs can coat an incredible area in a second or three.