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!
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Light colored coveralls or light-colored clothing is recommended. (Dark colors annoy bees, which will make them more likely to sting.)
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This is a comfortable full body beekeeping suit and will surely provide you protection which keeps you cool.
It is lightweight and portable and comes with veil hood that can be removed or simply flipped back as you like.
There is also elastic around both the wrists and ankles to keep the bees out.
Size: XXXL (Total Length: 63.3"; Shoulder Width: 22"; Sleeve Length: 27.5").
Material: Cotton; White Color.
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 )
New Bee Hive Smoker Stainless Steel w/Heat Shield Beekeeping Equipment from VIVO (BEE-V001)
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✓ BEE HIVE SMOKER made of stainless steel produces safe cool smoke to help calm bees and protect from stings during hive maintenance
✓ MEASUREMENTS from the bottom to the tip of the nose is 11” with a canister diameter of 4”
✓ HEAT SHIELD protective guard the surrounds the smoker to help prevent burns. Smoker is both easy and safe to use
✓ MOUNTING HOOK on the side of the heat shield allows you to safely suspend or store your smoker
✓ PERFORATED FIRE BASE provides air pockets at the bottom of the smoker to ensure good airflow
Uncapping knife an electrically heated knife is best, but again you can use a good knife and keep it by your smoker to keep it warm. This makes cutting easier by softening wax of comb.
Electric Honey Bee Extractor Uncapping Knife 12V Hot Knife Beekeeping Tool
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Dimensions of knife blade: 2 mm x 40 mm x 230 mm.The knife is made of stainless steel
Power Knife (voltage): 12 volts
The temperature of the heated knife in operation: 70-90 ° C
Time to prepare the blade (heated to 90 ° C): less than 1 minute (40-50 sec)
Hours knife at workload: unlimited (the knife does not require refrigeration).
A Bee hive tool this is used to pry open the hive or loosen the frames.Price:$20.98 & FREE Shipping
Handle Wooden Stainless Steel Bee Hive Scraper Beekeeping bee Keeper Tool Equipment
Item Specifics: Material: Stainless Steel With Wood Handle Color: As shown in picture Length: 2
6.5cm 1cm=0.39Inches Description: This is the hive tool you want. The hook end makes prying stick
frames up out of the box super easy. The hook goes under the end of a frame's top bar, while the f
at notch rests on the frame next to it. This give you perfect leverage without digging anything sha
p into your wood or splintering frames. The wedge end is sharp and wide, making it very easy to get
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Centrifugal extractor motor or hand powered, it helps remove the honey without damaging combs.
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