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Uncapping Equipment

After the honey frames have been removed from the supers, the beekeeper starts the extracting process. The first step is to remove a thin layer of beeswax that seals the honey in the cell. This beeswax is referred to as capping. The beekeeper can use a cappings scratcher to scrape open the honey cell or an electric uncapping tool to cut off a thin layer of beeswax to expose the honey. We have plain knives that can be put into hot water to help slice through the beeswax capping. If you are using plain knives, we recommend having two knives on hand to keep one in the hot water while using the other. When one cools down simply switch knives and continuously uncap the cells. Electric uncapping knives or planes are constantly heated to cut through the sealed beeswax cell. A capping scratcher is very handy to open the low areas on the honey frame. The cappings are usually placed in a filter over a bucket or tank to allow the honey to drip from the cappings.

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  1. Combcapper  M01366

    Combcapper M01366

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    The combcapper fits standard 5 gallon pails and will hold all size frames shallow – deep. Uncap directly into your 5 gallon pail. Easy clean up. Dishwasher safe. Made in USA.

    Ship wt. 2 lbs.

    Bucket and frame not included

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    $34.95
  2. Cappings Tank Lid  M00373

    Cappings Tank Lid M00373

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    Lid to cover the Dadant 36" Cappings Tank. Keeps materials out of your tank. Stainless Steel Lid. Learn More
    $194.00
  3. Liquefier Grid & 1800W IMM HTR  M00372

    Liquefier Grid & 1800W IMM HTR M00372

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    Converts the 36'' Cappings Tank Into A 3-60# Container Liquefier. Dadant Liquefier Grid & Heater Converts cappings tank into a 3-60# container liquefier. 1800 watt, 120 v. immersion heater screws into tank fitting and goes underneath the all stainless steel 2 3/4" high container supporting grids. Fits 1983 and newer model Cappings Tanks. Grid and heater only, Ship wt. 16 lbs. Cappings tank sold separately. Learn More
    $329.50
  4. Dadant Capping Baskets - Pair  M00371

    Dadant Capping Baskets - Pair M00371

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    A pair of capping baskets fits the 36'' Cappings Tank 17 1/2 inches by 17 inches Learn More
    $189.95
  5. Dadant 36" Cappings Tank  M00370

    Dadant 36" Cappings Tank M00370

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    On Casters, Removable Legs, 36" Long, 18" Wide, 14" Deep, 20 Gauge Stainless

    The capping baskets are ordered separately (M00371)

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    $575.95
  6. Clear Plastic Uncapping Tub  M01355

    Clear Plastic Uncapping Tub M01355

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    Three piece clear uncapping tub, drainer and lid! Uncap cleanly, hygienically, quickly in food grade commercial restaurant quality equipment. Virtually unbreakable with normal use! See the whole uncapping process as it happens in this large capacity 25"L x 18"W x 9" D uncapping tank and drainer.

    Ships dimensional wt. 45 lbs.

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    $152.55
  7. Fiberglass Wax Pan  M00824

    Fiberglass Wax Pan M00824

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    Easy Wax Release, 35 Pound Capacity, Compression Molded, Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester (High Strength) for Years of Service

    Ship wt. 5 lbs.

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    $44.75
  8. Electric Uncapping Knife w/ Control Unit  M00343

    Electric Uncapping Knife w/ Control Unit M00343

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    MADE IN AMERICA

    Made in the USA by Pierce Beekeeping Equipment since 1947. The Speed King Electric Uncapping Knife with Manual Control Box & Stand is a well-balanced electric knife that will serve you for many years and makes it easy to uncap honeycomb. 

    The uncapping blade is made of high grade #304 stainless steel, the knife is 10 inches long and 2 inches wide. Features a comfortable turned wood handle that stays cool to the touch. Contains an 8-foot grounded cord. Includes 2-year manufacturer warranty.

     

    Ship wt. 3 lbs.

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    $140.95
  9. Speed King Knife 220 Volt  M003391

    Speed King Knife 220 Volt M003391

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    MADE IN AMERICA

    The Speed King Electric Uncapping Knife – European Model - is made by Pierce Beekeeping Equipment. It has a sealed thermostat in the tip of the stainless steel blade and is ready to use right out of the box.  The temperature is preset at just the right temperature for uncapping.  

    Ship wt. 3 lbs.

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    $111.95
  10. Speed King Electric Knife  120 Volt  M00339

    Speed King Electric Knife 120 Volt M00339

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    MADE IN AMERICA

    The Speed King Electric Uncapping Knife is made in America by Pierce Beekeeping Equipment since 1947.  It has a sealed thermostat in the tip of the stainless steel blade and is ready to use right out of the box.  The temperature is preset at just the right temperature for uncapping.  

     

    The long-lasting Speed King is good for beginners, pros, and bee clubs. The knife heats up in 30 seconds and will hold steady in all working conditions.  It features a comfortable turned wood handle that stays cool to the touch. 120 volt, measures 10" long and 2" wide. Contains an 8-foot grounded cord.  Includes 2-year manufacturer warranty.

    Ship wt. 3 lbs.

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    $119.95

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