Honey On Tap: Flow Hive One Year Later (video)
About ten years ago, Cedar Anderson realized that there must be a better way to extract honey from the bees, and after multiple stings and many dead squashed bees, a great idea came to him. After a decade of designing and testing, Cedar and his father, Stuart, developed a system that used a regular bee brood box combined with one or more “Flow Supers” for honey storage and extraction. A domesticated honeybee hive is usually made up of two boxes; the brood box where the queen bee lays eggs, and the super, which is where you’ll find the honeycomb that stores the honey. The Andersons’ system replaces regular beehive honeycomb frames with their specially designed Flow frames, which the bees then store honey in.
So how does it work, in a nutshell? The Flow frames are made of partly formed honeycomb cells. As the Andersons explain: “The bees complete the comb with their wax, fill the cells with honey and cap the cells as usual. When you turn the tool, a bit like a tap, the cells split vertically inside the comb forming channels, allowing the honey to flow down to a sealed trough at the base of the frame and out of the hive, while the bees are practically undisturbed on the comb surface. When the honey has finished draining, you turn the tap again in the upper slot which resets the comb into the original position and allows the bees to chew the wax capping away, and fill it with honey again.” Fresh, unprocessed honey on tap? Simple!
A year later...
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