Mike getting ready to "smoke" the bees. The smoke has a calming effect on them.
The first hive that we inspected was a very healthy hive containing at least 60,000 bees.
Opening the hive.
Inspecting the frames....looking for honey.
The frames containing honey are removed from the hive .
A hot knife is used to remove the waxy covering over each cell of honey. This bees wax will be filtered to remove the remaining honey and then I will use the wax for pouring candles.
Nine frames full of honey are loaded into the centrifuge.
The honey is then put through a hand-cranked centrifuge to extract the honey from the frames.Jack spins it at a high speed for 5 minutes.
Honey...right out of the comb. This drains into a double filtering system to remove wax and bee parts.
The end result is raw, organic, deliciously healthy honey...and it IS delicious!