The new antique Anyone can make comb
honey in good years…..the
James E. Tew
The Ohio State University
trick is making it in bad years.
You Need: Comb Honey Types
A good knowledge of bee behavior Bulk frame comb
A good nectar flow
Cut comb comb
Dependable management techniques honey
A good disease/pest control program Chunk honey
Strong colonies Section honey
– Ideally a big swarm – Wood sections
– Round sections
– Plastic sections
Cutting your own Disassociated Facts:
100+ year old Comb honey tastes
For: Cut Comb
New comb is No differences in
tasteless floral sources
or Chuck Honey Old comb chewy 1900’s nearly 50%
of all honey was
Extracted honey was Supering Up for Section Honey…
slow in coming….
Concerns about adulteration
Glucose and invert
Leave all bees and brood, but remove one brood chamber
The next sequence….
Plastic sections – (nearly) the only way
If flow is slowing, put 4 on top of 3 Hogg Half Comb Cassette
Ross Round Processing…
The final product…..
You should know…. In the bee supply catalogs…
Demand for unfinished sections??? Section scraping knives
Feed sugar to finish capping Cut comb, thin surplus and 7/11 foundation
You can freeze sections Thin slotted top bars
Yes, you do get wax in your teeth Half comb cassettes
In general, round sections are not reusable
Wax tube fasteners
Don’t use regular supers with section supers
Square comb cutters
Judicious smoke use
Only 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 sections are available now Plastic cut comb boxes
Avoid travel stain Clamshell packs
Lone supplier of basswood boxes
Comb Honey Books
Killion, Carl E. Honey In the Comb. Paris/IL: Killion & Sons, Apiaries;
Killion, Eugene E. Honey In The Comb. Hamilton/IL: Dadant & Sons; 1981
Morse, Roger A. Comb Honey Production. Ithaca/NY: Wicwas Press; 1978.
Sechrist, E. L. Honey Getting. Hamilton/IL: American Bee Journal; 1944.
Taylor, Richard. How to Raise Beautiful Comb Honey. Linden Books;
---. The New Comb Honey Book. Interlaken/NY: Linden Books; 1981.