Extractors For Hire

Honey Extraction

Due to the cost of purchasing a honey extractors being over £700, Reading Beekeepers have invested in the extractors shown below for its members to hire.  Details around hiring the extractors are:

Cost               - £5 per hire
Duration         - Peak demand no more than 2 days, otherwise quieter times no more than a week
Collection       - The hirer must collect and deliver the extractor back to the custodian.

Terms and condition
The hirer is responsible for cleaning the extractor by rinsing a lot of hot water through and wiping all internals. You MUST NOT use any cleaning detergents as this could taint the honey next extracted, or use anything abrasive.
PLEASE DO NOT allow the volume of honey collecting in the bottom to rise high enough to get into the spinning mechanism.

1 x Table Top Extractor 4 frame tangential
The ideal starter extractor for the hobbyist beekeeper with up to five hives as it will hold 18 lbs. of honey before the honey valve must be opened.  The B.S. type will accommodate four B.S. shallow frames.
Dimensions   - 66cm (26"in) high by 41cm in diameter (excludes legs as easily removable from stand)
Transporting  - Extractor fits in all small cars.

Custodian: Carolyn and Richard Kirk, richardmkirk@gmail.com (Caversham)

1 x Light Weight Radial 9 frames
Slightly larger than the table top extractor above but also copes with 9 B.S. shallow frames.  It will fit in most small to medium sized cars to transport on passenger seat.

Dimensions - overall height 28" by 19" diameter.


Custodian: Gillie York, extractor9frame@rbka.org.uk (Spencer's Wood)

1 x Full Height Extractor 8 frame radial
This extractor requires a larger car to transport and is able to extract 8 British standard/shallow super frames. It is manually powered with a stainless steel barrel and a two part perspex lid to view progress.

Dimensions   - 110cm high (including legs and spinning handle) and 60cm in diameter
Transporting  - Extractor fits in most hatchback or 4x4s. It will not fit in all saloon cars due to its height.


For user instructions, see document attached at the bottom of this page.

Custodian: Carolyn and Richard Kirk, richardmkirk@gmail.com (Caversham)

LARGE BLUE Extractor - Super and Brood Frames

This extractor can be used to extract normal super frames as well as larger brood frames using additional metal shelves.

Custodian: David Chinn, davidhchinn@hotmail.com, 0118 9481236, 07774 921164

Giles McLoughlin,
22 Feb 2016, 08:05