Honey on tap
Harvesting honey is hard work: the sun beats down on you, your bee suit is stifling, you have to produce smoke, the bees are grumpy and stressed – and that’s before you even start spinning the frames to extract the honey centrifugally.
But the super-clever Flow Hive, developed by Australian father-andson team Stuart and Cedar Anderson, means the blood, sweat and tears are history: you simply need to turn a lever in order to open the honeycomb cells so the honey can drain through a tube at the back of the hive – directly into a drum or jar – while the bees continue working undisturbed. Turn the lever back and the honeycomb cells will be reset so the bees can refill them. The beekeeper doesn’t even have to keep an eye on the process – just collect your bowl of honey an hour later! What’s more, the sides of the frames, which also fit into conventional hives, have transparent ends that offer a window through which you can check whether your bees are still healthy and happy, and when the honeycomb is full.
Flow Hives cost a hefty R4 600 to R9 800 for one, and are currently not available in South Africa, but Platteland contacted them and they will ship orders to South Africa.
To order one, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – the website is not set up for orders from South Africa. honeyflow.com honeyflow.com.au