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Campbell's Honey is a Canadian beekeeper blog and a great place to read expert tips, and stories and understand an apiarist and his love of honeybees. Today is Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Building Honey Supers


When  Campbell's Honey shifted focus from Hobby Beekeeping to Commercial, some 30 years ago, we began by purchasing the bees and equipment from several retiring honey producers. These bee-men were running profitable operations with good bees, but their equipment was old  and  beginning to show its age.

We were happy to get healthy bees, and the used equipment was of no concern at the time.

Since then we have expanded the operation, built a modern honeyhouse, and the time has come to replace those old weather beaten honey boxes, with equipment that is more suitable to our business.

The pine lumber for the honey boxes was purchased in skid lots, and the work was done in our heated shop at Campbells Honey.

The shop was a noisy place as we all worked together hammering and sawing, and turning the long pine boards into servicable honey equipment.

The lumber was first sawed to length, and mitered along the edges to make a close air-tight fit. Then the ends were mitered along the top, to make frame rests. They were  then securely nailed together using 2 and a 1/2  inch ardox nails.

Once the honey boxes were built, we moved them to the honeyhouse, and waited for a clear warm day to paint them outside on the dock.

The paint was  White Semi-gloss Exterior Latex, single coat finish. This paint sprayed on evenly, and covered well. These honey supers will do double duty, either as brood chambers or honeyboxes, and we hope they will last for at least, another 30 years.

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I was noticing in the photos accompanying the previous entry that the honeyboxes were looking a bit worse for wear so I'm delighted to read this entry.

I'm a bit intrigued though...these honeyboxes will be out in the weather...why only a single coat of paint...I'm thinking one coat won't last very long?


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HI MsTickle -
(You have such a pretty Smile!)
Thanks for your perceptive Comment.
As you have noticed, many of our Brood chambers (honey boxes) are in dire need of replacement, because Some of this equipment has been sitting in these beeyards for well over 50 years. We used one coat of the best available paint because these new boxes are built to self-destruct in 50 years!

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Hi i have a question, it's not about this blog entry. How you put the site meter, here on the blog? I tried, but failed. Can you help me? Thanks

posted by beekeepingsuccess

The fastest and easiest way of getting the honey from the cells is by using a mechanical extractor. The wax caps from the frames must be removed first before putting the frames into the extractor. In removing the wax caps, you can use a special uncapping knife.

posted by Anonymous

It has almost been a year since you last posted. How about you start it up again this beekeeping season.
I was pleased to find an almost local commercial beekeeper's blog so I could confirm what I do is what you do. Allen Dick pretty well stopped his blog and the Bad Beekeepers blog is mostly about his travels. Both were from Alberta anyway so timing was not really related to here.
I was hoping to pick up some of the tricks of the trade but you stopped posting.
The web is full of beginner beekeepers' blogs who have almost no clue what they are doing as they sacrifice their bees in foundationless, Topbar hives using no treatments. One site is offering the "Art & Craft of Sustainable Beekeeping" classes after they lost 12 out of 15 colonies last year. It sold out. What could they possibly teach? They call it "Ethical Beekeeping". The beekeeping forums are full of starry eyed beginners out to save the world and the blind are leading the blind.

We need you back.
We need you back this year.

posted by Beekeeper Brian

Thanks for the great post. I have recently expanded my own beekeeping operation and have been building my own boxes in a very similar manner. I'm hoping I can replicate your success

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