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Offline Lesgold

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Cleaning metal queen excluders
« on: January 13, 2022, 06:07:29 pm »
Hi Folks

Just in cleanup mode now after finishing extracting honey from the latest flow. I?ve got a few queen excluders that look a bit like this



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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2022, 06:13:47 pm »
I?ve tried using scrapers but I end up getting old to quickly doing it that way. I know you can drop them on an open fire briefly but over time that can upset the galvanising. This is how I do it.

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Just cover it in water and let it heat up. A couple of minutes later the water boils, the excluder is hooked out and dropped onto the ground. Any remaining wax is jarred off. A few can be done at the same time and the process can be repeated time and time again. This is the result

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I am sure there are better ways of doing this and I would love to hear about them. Jobs like this are just time consuming tasks that have to be done from time to time.

Cheers

Les

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Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2022, 08:59:47 pm »
We just use a flat wide scraper, both sides.  We do not bother trying to clear the grate.  Especially not with a tool as it only takes a minimal bend to change the spacing and allow problems later.   When they need the space, The bees chew and remove the wax that is left. Figuring, if they can put it there, they can also remove it.
That said, the boiling water bath is the proper way to do it if one wanted an as new excluder.
The bees will spend the next 4 days undoing all of the wrongs that the beekeeper just did to them.

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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2022, 11:44:19 pm »
 A friend of mine puts his excluders in a solar wax melter and they come out clean.  I use a heat gun sometimes.
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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2022, 06:38:30 pm »
Hi beesnweeds,

I have tried the heat gun before and it does a reasonable job. The solar wax melter would be a good solution as you can walk away and leave it. This would cut the workload down.

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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2022, 05:53:58 am »
Hi Les
Don't bother with any more than a quick scrape, the bees will open up or add more wax as they wish.
HP is on the money, hot water bath if you want to or have the spare time.

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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2022, 12:44:29 pm »
Don't really clean them much at all if I do it is just the flat part on the outside of the edge.  If I find one that is really bad I might run a flat 4" flat scraper down both sides. I never clean in between the wires.
Despite my efforts the bees are doing great

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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2022, 03:40:11 pm »
Thanks for the feedback guys. Apart from using queen excluders for producing a bit of comb honey, I have never used them in the past. This is the first year where I have placed them on all of my hives.

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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2022, 12:11:33 pm »
My acquaintance said you don't have to clean it. I certainly didn't expect to hear that answer. But I see that some people also say that you don't have to clean it. But just for its fun, I decided to try to hire the guys from the emop cleaning company. I had a garden to clean, and I asked them to clean the divider. It turned out that they did not do that, but one guy did it himself, and he could clean it for me. xD
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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2022, 10:04:44 pm »
         As many of you know.. About the last 3 or 4 years... That I was in the USA.. I did work on a dairy farm... When I got assigned to washing farm equipment... I also washed bee equipment at the end .. Of washing farm equipment... A Queen  Excluder .like the 0ne that you have in the picture... Would take less than a minute.. To have a clean with a hot water pressure washer.That the farm own..


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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2022, 08:16:17 am »
Pressure washer, wall paper remover, or dress form steamer.
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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2022, 03:04:04 pm »
A friend of mine puts his excluders in a solar wax melter and they come out clean.  I use a heat gun sometimes.
Hi there!
I have been doing the same thing as your friend  for the last maybe 2 years :happy: No complaints so far!

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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2022, 05:02:26 pm »
Bobby Smith, welcome to Beemaster!!
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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2022, 05:12:30 pm »
Bobby Smith, welcome to Beemaster!!
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Re: Cleaning metal queen excluders
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2022, 04:39:01 am »
Bobby Smith, welcome to Beemaster!!
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