Extracting Honey from Honeycomb using a Honey Paw – Episode 28: “Sticky Paws”

– Well, I know we’ve done
honey extracting before, but, I bought this new coolie, crazy toy and it’s called Honey Paw and it’s got, basically you heat it up with steam. So, you’ve got the steam comin’ in here and this is just the exhaust valve, which heats up this little metal element and it’s got these crazy deep teeth. And, the idea is that you can cut through the caps and you don’t rupture up so much of the honey stuff. So, you end up with, anyway, you’ll see in a minute. (chuckles) End up basically with the lines in the caps, rather than taking all the caps off. And it seems to work a treat, I’ve had a bit of a crack at it and thought, shit, we better show you how cool this is. (honeybees buzzing) Obviously, with this little Honey Paw, you have to go and buy yourself some way to make steam. And, of course, you know, this is all a bit Rhapsody’s rule, so, we’re making up
somebody ideas as we go. So, I had to buy a different fitting to get the hose onto this
bit, which is pretty easy and I just bought myself a little steamer from the from the hardware shop, which is just a wallpaper steamer. So, it comes with all the little bits so you could steam your wallpaper off. Anyway, this seem like it works, seem like the reasonable solution to me. Just gonna put a little bit
of water in our steamer, it doesn’t need a whole lotta water, actually it’s pretty conservative really. (water gurgling softly) I’ve just plugged the
steamer into the power and, so we’ll let that
warm up a little bit and this is the return hose and I’m guessing if you’re, like obviously, if you’re
in a different environment or if you had a flash of steam, you’d have return hose, but no, we haven’t got one. So, I’ve found if you
just pop it in the bucket with some water, when you need to re-top
up your heater later on, you’ve already got the
hot water that’s recycled, So, it’s kinda saves a whole lotta time, especially, after you
get into it for a while. Pop it into your bucket. So, if the bloody thing will
stay under the water a bit. So, while it’s warmin’ up, we’ve got to make our decapping stand up. So, I’ve got this little
decanter machine thing that I bought. It’s just a couple of boxes, really, with some holes in the bottom. And, so, we’ll put that together and then we’ll go from there. Drop this over there. (rack clanking) That’s the top bit. This is just your little base bit where the honey’s gonna collect. You got your little honey tap. Better shut that. Otherwise, it’ll be a bit pointless. All the bloody honey
will be on the ground. And then, you sit it on top of there. It came with a little bit of nylony mesh stuff, but I
didn’t think much of that so, I’ve got some of
this nice stainless steel aluminum mesh that I had. And, that goes in the bottom, like thus. The interesting thing with
this Honey Paw thing is that instead of, like with the knife, you’re going long ways
down the down the frame these says you gotta go sorta up and down on the short length so, the directions tell me. How’s that for a surprise, I even read the directions. Now, that’ll be a shock
to the viewers, won’t it? Anyway, so I thought right, what I’m gonna do, ack, I thought I had the frame in this box it’s gonna be a right
pain in the ass, isn’t it? So, rightio, well I had, went for a bit of a
fossick around in the shed. This is why you should
never throw anything away. Even though my sister-in-law
wouldn’t believe that, but you shouldn’t, huh. Anyway, so I’ve got me oven tray, so, that’ll be cool. (tray clanking) So, I’ve popped the oven tray up here and I thought, well, that’ll be good. It’s got a nice little
stabilizing bar up front. So, I thought okay, we’ll
put the frame up here and obviously, then
you’re gonna have to run the Pawer kinda up and down. Where is she? Where is me machine? And then, it runs up and down like this shh, shh. But, you can imagine after
about 10 or 20 of that lot I got a bit shit off with that. So, I went for another fossick and I found myself a used, beaut stand. And, I thought, look at that, that would work. So, well, I could rest my
bee frame against there. I won’t have to hold it up. I thought that was pretty bloody clever. But then, of course, how do
you hold the full thing up? So, waste not want not here at The Bush Bee Company. (rack clanking) Oh! So, we need some trusty wire, hair pliers and something that every beekeeper should have lying around the house, a couple of ends for your frames. Now, I thought, well, that’ll
make a cool little stand, little holdy uppy standy bits. Look at that. You even got the little grooves. Sit that on there. Sit that on there. Like that, like that. Oh, hell, that’s a bit slippery dip. So, I think, maybe we better,
that’s what the wires for. We might wire this bit first, what do you reckon? Where are we gonna square it up? I reckon that looks
about the right height. So, I reckon, if we just
stick a bit of wire in there. Twist that up a bit. I’m not sure. I’ll bet you could buy a
proper stand, can’t ya? Where would be the fun in that? There’d be no adventure. Top quality pair of
pliers bloke’s got here. (cameraman laughs)
(gasping) Shit! That’s not good to be in there. You, get out of there, little shitter. Gah, language, bloody hell. Somethin’ else I thought was pretty cool with using the end bars, they come pre-drilled. You don’t even have to
drill your own holes. How good’s that? Now if anybody’s wondering, these are actually commercial stove racks. So, this is a little
bit of commercial black non-EU sets food safe. It’s just been a bit
used for somethin’ else. ‘Cause I’ve bought a old commercial stove, so that I could nick the door
off it for my pizza oven. And, I thought, well, I threw most of it away, but I kept these racks ’cause I was going to make myself a cool, American-style barbecue, but… Jolly gosh, I’ve got a bit
distracted being a beekeeper. Is that stupid thing warmin’ up? Doesn’t sound like it. – [Cameraman] Did you turn it on? – Yeah, well I plugged it in. I don’t think it turns on, oh. (steamer whizzing) (both laughing) Plug that bit in, that’d
be good (chuckles). There we go. Well, it’s better when
you plug it in properly. So, here we go, here we go. I reckon that’s the go. I’ve got a nice little stand. Well, we’ll find if it works in a minute, if we had the bloody steamer hot. But, anyway, we’ve just gotta
wait for that for a minute. And, what comes after this, you can rest your frame here. Run your Paw up and down. So, you when you pop your frames now, you can just decap the
frames, nice and easy. All your honey’s gonna
pour in the bottom here and I like this little lip bit ’cause then you can’t
push the full thing off. That was almost purposely
designed for the job. As a matter of fact, it
almost works so good, I’m not sure whether I wanna buy the commercial version of it. When you’re livin’ in the bush, of course, you’ve gotta utilize every opportunity. So, guess what this is? Any guesses out there? This happens to be the frame
warming box (chuckles). So, we’ve got our frame sittin’ in here. Nice and warm, well, it’s not a hot day. So, you put ’em in here on a hot day, you don’t have to extract the shit. It just runs on the
floor and out the back, hence the reason why
the door’s a bit sticky. I got real fancy in here and I made these little lips here so me boxes can’t slide off. They’re bloody heavy to lift. Oh snap, I think I need
myself a proper carryon, oh my God it’s heavy! So, I reckon it’s gettin’
warm now, I reckon. Oh, she’s startin’ to feel hot. So, when they get this from the factory, comes with these two little outlets like, just this base of this adaption. I’ve still got the other one,
believe it or not, in the box. But that jolly hose is pretty hot and this, this hose actually
comes with the steamer from the hardware store. And it’s supposed to be for to get your, so, I just went down the shop and bought a little 10 mil nipple. Screwed out that one, put the nipple in so I could actually
thread this straight on. And then you’ve got, sorta
like, the feeder hose. It’s got to bit of insulation and I’m reckoning, if I got motivated, I should put a bit of insulation on that. But, my patented design here, actually gives it somewhere
to stay away from your hand. If you start from that
end and work that way. We’re just doing this to show you. So, probably take me longer to clean up, than it will to bloody get that
bit of honey we’ve got here. But, I thought it was worth
doin’ while the man was home. Anyway, so, you rest your
frame up there like that. Obviously, you gotta hold onto it. And, I found if you start from this end, and you just put that on
there, it’s nice and hot. Like that, you don’t wanna
be in too big a hurry. I’m sure if I got a bit
more kick ass steamer, you probably get a bit more excited. Thing I really liked
about this deal though, like, kinda, is anybody who’s got a normal knife cuttin’ the caps off, the bloody frames are
never quite even, are they? I mean, this is pretty good, this one, but in the grand scheme of things, you gotta go around
corners and stuff around and try and get into
the grooves and stuff. Well, this groovy thing’s
got the angles in it. So you can go all around and cut different angles (steamer clicking) And very fresh, this honey. What a day, fresh little comb. Pop that into our extractor. Hopefully there will be enough of these few little frames
to make the thing run. (upbeat acoustic music) I reckon it’s pretty groovy. Look at that. That’s been extracted really nicely. This is super fresh, like this is just one season. Like, first this season, first time out of the spinner and you could use an old knife on that. Geez, usually bits and pieces
of crap goin’ everywhere. Whereas that’s spun out really nice and still together. So, hopefully, where we
get the other side out, we might still have a
sticking that we can reuse. Looking good, hey, that’s
kinda crazy, isn’t it? Look at that. Obviously, the girls had changed what they were feeding on
halfway through this frame. See that dark nectar there? That’s probably eucalyptus and this is probably the wild flowers and I guess, how groovy is that? So, when you buy a small batch honey, that’s what you’re gonna get, although, here, we got it mixed up. But, generally, it’ll swap over and you’ll get a whole different range, whole different flavor. I’ve gone with just these containers. This is a 30 liter one or 20 liter one. And, these are actually my settling tanks. So, as you seen out there, we filter the honey just to get the wax and muck out of it. And then, you let it settle, so all the sediment will come to the top. I don’t know if we want
the lid off, do we? So, we get a little bit of
wax settlement on the top. So, anyway, so you let it settle here for, I don’t know,
about a week, I suppose, with the pins, but yeah, usually ends up being
a bit more than a week, but that would be a minimum. And, you just get these
cool little honey taps. Obviously, most people
would know what they are, but if you haven’t seen them, they’re just basically a sliding tap. Now, you’d have pails that they
come in all different sizes. There you go, couldn’t
get much more natural than that, could ya? So, doesn’t get much
more natural than that. This is beautiful, natural honey. It’s come straight out
of our hives to you. So, if you are interested in gettin’ some, just go to thebushbeecompany.com and this natural honey can be
on your toast in the morning. (lid clicking) ♪ Do, do, do, do ♪ (honeybees buzzing)


  1. love it mate. I love our Aussie Honey…. been eating ur honey on toast for the last 5 years. I been to NYC… SC… LA and Canada, And I always miss Aussie honey. Its like Vegemite…. travel around the world and come back and eat the stuff for thew next 3 days

  2. His throat closes up a bit and his voice goes like a cartoon sometimes XD This is an example 11:10 JUST LISTEN AHAH

  3. So, would you recommend the Honeypaw uncapper or will you stick to your old uncapping fork?
    I worry a little bit, that the honey gets locally to much heat from the uncapping device?

  4. “It seems to work a treat.” 😆 I love listening to Aussies, they’re hilarious and charming. This guy is so entertaining. Sounds like me when I chatter to myself. 😂

  5. youtube wouldn’t leave me alone and i’m not disappointed. he reminds me of a happier bilbo baggins ♡

  6. By far the longest ad I've watched! Also I was thinking what if you added like a scooper in between the grooves of that machine. It would probably make the machine a 1 way only tool but you could of also cut the caps long ways. I subscribed and I am more than happy to take some handy advice about bee keeping.

  7. holdy uppy standy bits. on a warm day you dont have to extract the shit HAHAHAHAHA. I have found my spirit animal.

  8. Holy fuck your gear is too complicated for nothing there's a youtuber, a bee keeper, who inside the hut that the bees are in, can grab the honey from a simple twist of a tiny crowbar or some shit. You gotta buy whatever tiny house he has it is simply amazing, not even compared to what you're using right now. You're gonna save in time, money, and most importantly, honey.

  9. This guy is like the Bob Ross of beekeeping. Felt like I was watching Bob Ross painting trees on the tv.

  10. “I’ve had a bit of a crack at it and thought shit we better show ye’s” Australians, gotta love them.

  11. Very cool little contraption there. But eight and three quarters minutes to get to the point is a bit much.

  12. I love your video, and the honey paw is quite nifty, but I think I can do one better, but maybe not at the same price, similar concept and prolly a tad quicker…..https://simpleharmonyfarms.com/shop?olsPage=products%2Fsimple-harmony-farms-uncapper but who said you had to be in a hurry?

  13. some of the best honey I have ever had came from a beekeeper that would collect honey for the whole year and mix it together at the end.

  14. better gife the honey in glass Bottles its better for the nature and also the glass bottles can be more easier recycled 😉

  15. Check out flow hives, takes a little while but you don't have to spin the hives out and like the sticky paw you have there the bees don't have to make more wax, so more of their time and energy goes into making honey.

  16. If there's any poor Aussies out there, scrounge up enough money for a plane ticket to America and you'll make a fortune doing stand-up comedy on HBO.

    You don't even need to come up with new material.. Just telling us about your day should suffice.

  17. Those tubs would be better having another tub in the middle with the finer mesh. Bloody good idea for the average bee keeper. 🍻

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