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Below is a few pics of a frame right after running through the uncapper and two pics of the cells after extraction.
We are currently taking orders for the next batch of uncappers .
Our uncapper is a brand new design which offers a simple and superior way for the hobby or sideline beekeeper to uncap honey.
The biggest advantage our uncapper offers is the time it saves. The beekeeper has only to grasp the frame once to bring the frame from the super to the extractor. Both sides of the frame are uncapped at the same time. All other methods of uncapping require re-positioning the frame and hands multiple times during the uncapping process. All other ways waste time processing every frame. We uncap and load our 30 frame extractor in just under 5 minutes.
The uncapper is designed to work with all sizes of Langstroth frames, including shallows, mediums and deeps.
Some other advantages are:
A note to uncapping knife users:
After going through the uncapper, the cappings are not completely removed.
Using a knife completely removes the cappings but causes more honey and wax go into the tank.
If you feel that the cappings are not open enough, do not hesitate to push the frame through a couple of times. You can also push the frame in and out at an angle, which applies more pressure to the surface of the cells.
Don't worry about the appearance of the perforated cappings.
No matter how many times you push the frame through, you will still save more wax than removing all of the cappings with a knife.
The bees do not discard the perforated cappings.
Leaving the wax on the surface of the comb makes usable wax immediately available.
The bees will absolutely rebuild and fill the cells many times faster using our uncapping method.
Building comb consumes many bee hours that could be used in the honey making process.
The bees require 2 tablespoons of honey to make an ounce of wax. They also have to secrete the wax and pass it around to the bees building comb.
As a side note, I paint my new wax coated frames with additional wax from my uncapping tank. The bees draw that out many times faster than a wax coated frame.
Also, I'm sure you know that if you leave frames out, the bees will carry most of the wax back to the hive. Why saw trees when you can get lumber to build your house?
Uncapper Frequently Asked Questions.
1. How many frames would you say you have run through it?
A: I've used my uncapper for at least three years, possibly four. In that time I have had between 25 and 40 hives per season. I harvest at least twice a year.
2. How well does it uncap darker comb?
A: Darker comb is not as easy as newer comb, no matter what uncapping process you use. I do use it on old/brood comb that has been filled. In stubborn/dark/old/skinny frames, I have found that holding the frame at an angle during the uncapping process helps by applying more pressure to the comb than would normally be exerted by the device alone.
3. Is it bolted to the tank to keep it from moving around?
A: The uncapper is fastened to the tank of your choice by as few as two screws. I use drywall screws but the type will depend on your specific application.
4. Can the uncapper be used on natural wax foundation?
A: Yes! Today (5-7-18) I uncapped a medium super that was no wire, natural wax foundation. There were no problems.
5. What is your turn around time for shipment?
A:We strive to have uncappers in the USPS the next day.
6. What are my shipping option?
A: We ship USPS in a large flat rate box.
7. How much is the uncapper and shipping?
A:Shipping is $19 CONUS. Shipping to Canada is $60. New Zealand/Australia is $95.
There is a fee (not ours) for currency conversion for countries other than the USA or Canada.
The uncapper is $395.
8. Is there a warranty?
A: Simple Harmony Farms warrants this uncapper to be free from defects in workmanship and materials, under normal use and conditions, for a period of one (1) year from the original invoice date