Bee Equipment

Harvesting honey can be dangerous if you do not have the necessary bee equipment.

Here are some suggested equipment

Most beekeepers wait a year after setting up their hives to let the bees build up their strength and the colonies needs.

And take it from me, don't ever let your wire veil lie against your face when you are trying to harvest honey. They might just sting you.

That happened to me once when I was cutting a limb down where the queen bee had gotten away and had a ball of worker bees around her. I got the limb cut down and had a basket to catch the bees in, but while I was looking upward my wire veil had fallen against my face and a bee stung me. OUCH!

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Hat and wire veil to guard head, face, and neck, the body's most vulnerable parts. I say wire veil because I once used a cloth veil and it fell against my face and I was stung on the nose!

Light colored coveralls or light-colored clothing is recommended. (Dark colors annoy bees, which will make them more likely to sting.)

Thick Gloves and stout boots protect hands and feet, which bees are apt to go for. I usually gray duct tape my boots and gloves to my coveralls to seal away open seams.

A Smoker This quiets the bees usually burn wood scraps (such as cedar but rags can be used also )

A Bee hive tool this is used to pry open the hive or loosen the frames.

Uncapping knife an electrically heated knife is best, but again you can use a good knife and keep it by your smoke to keep it warm. This makes cutting easier by softening wax of comb.

Centrifugal extractor motor or hand powered, it helps remove the honey without damaging combs.

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