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					           Comb Honey
              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.
              Wooster, Ohio




                 You Need:                       Comb Honey Types
  A good knowledge of bee behavior      Bulk frame comb
                                        honey
  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
                                          procedure             better
For: Cut Comb
                                          New comb is           No differences in
Honey
                                          tasteless             floral sources
or Chuck Honey                            Old comb chewy        1900’s nearly 50%
                                                                of all honey was
                                                                comb




                                                                                    1
Extracted honey was                                            Supering Up for Section Honey…
slow in coming….
 Concerns about adulteration
 Inefficient extractors
                                                                                                 2
                                                                                                 1




 Glucose and invert
 sugar
                                                               Leave all bees and brood, but remove one brood chamber




 The next sequence….
                                                               Plastic sections – (nearly) the only way
                                 3

                 1               1

                 2               2

                 3               4




                                                                 Bee-O-Pac System

                       If flow is slowing, put 4 on top of 3                                    Hogg Half Comb Cassette




   Ross Round Processing…
                                                                                               Next…




     First…
                                     Then…




                                                                                                                          2
                                                                          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;
1951.

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;
1977.

---. The New Comb Honey Book. Interlaken/NY: Linden Books; 1981.




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