Over the past few months I’ve been busy turning a disused shed on the farm into a food grade honey extraction facility. While it’s only small it should be more than enough for us to process honey for the next few years by adding equipment as we grow. This is just a short post about our new honey room, next time I will talk you all through how we actually extract the honey.
The shed was previously used as a tank room when the farm used to operate as a diary farm. Unknown to me at the start of the project it’s previous use actually caused an issue for my project because the acid used to clean milk tanks out corrodes concrete and so had left the floor quite uneven. When the farm stopped producing milk the room went into disrepair and has only been used as storage for about 30 years. As you can see time really did take it’s toll!
The first stage was getting water and electric reconnected to the room and stripping out the old piping and wiring. The rotten door and windows were removed before we could start with the stud walling. Insulation is also important as for processing honey you want to be able to warm the room to make the honey runnier and therefore quicker to extract.
Once the stud walls were up they were plastered and sealed, we also sealed the concrete floor to provide a surface that is easier to clean. The lighting and sockets went in and then painting began! My sister came and helped for this bit although she is quite a messy painter!! The plumbing then went in to get our sinks, hot water and our glass dishwasher that will sterilise 30 jars every two minutes so we can keep on top of our jarring, it also means that if you would like to return your jars (without labels on them) then you are welcome to and we will reuse them!
You will see in our pictures we have a PVC curtain separating the rooms, the idea of this is that after we bring the honey supers (don’t know what they are check out our post on beehive parts – here) we leave them a couple of hours to allow the last few bees to fly up to the window. Doing this means virtually no bees get into the extraction room itself and so is a clean environment for food.
We also have quite a bit of equipment that I will go through in my next post but they include a 20 frame honey extractor, a 1m long uncapping tank, 100l settling tank and 25kg jarring tank. Don’t worry if you don’t know what they are like I said I’ll explain them next time!
Thank you for reading this short post, hopefully you’ve found our small project interesting and of course if you have any questions then leave us a comment below and I’ll get back to you!