Extractors For Hire

Honey Extraction

Reading Beekeepers have invested in the extractors shown below for members to hire.  Details around hiring the extractors are:

Cost               - £5 per hire, payment in advance by BACS transfer, details available from custodians
Duration         - Peak demand no more than 2 days, otherwise quieter times no more than a week
Collection       - The hirer must collect from, and deliver 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.
All are manually powered.

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.  It will accommodate 4 B.S. shallow frames or 2 B.S. deep frames.
Dimensions   - 66cm (26") high by 41cm in diameter (excludes legs as easily removable from stand)
Transporting  - Extractor fits in all small cars.

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

Custodian: Lindsay Whitehead, extractor4frame at rbka.org.uk

1 x Light Weight Radial 9 frames
This can accommodate 9 B.S. shallow frames.  It will fit in most small to medium sized cars to transport on passenger seat. The legs are easily detachable.

Dimensions - overall height 28" by 19" diameter.


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

2 x Giordan stainless steel extractors, 8 frame radial/2 frame tangential
These extractors take 8 B.S. shallow frames radially, and come with additional metal shelves to enable tangential extraction of 2 B.S. deep frames.

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.


  • Steve Cook, steve.cook50 at btopenworld.com, 0118 9698582
  • Gillian Bannister, extractor8frame2 at rbka.org.uk (Pangbourne)

Giles McLoughlin,
22 Feb 2016, 08:05