20 February 2015

A Redesigned ‘Beehive’ That Lets You Collect Honey Directly From A Tap

[Click here to view the video in this article]

Australian beekeepers Stuart and Cedar Anderson have created a “beehive” that lets you extract and collect honey without opening the hive, which might disturb the bees found in the honeycomb.

Their redesigned “beehive”, called ‘Flow Hive’, is made up of special honeycomb frames that contain partially formed honeycomb cells—this encourages the bees to complete the comb with their own wax and fill them with honey.

“When you turn the tool, a bit like a tap, the cells split vertically inside the comb… allowing the honey to flow down to a sealed trough at the base of the frame and out of the hive,” wrote the Andersons on their product page.

This new system easily eliminates the need to remove beehive frames manually during extraction, as the Flow frames allow users to collect honey directly from a tap.

The Andersons are planning to release their product via Kickstarter on 23 February 2015.

Watch the video below to see the Flow frames in action.

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[via Gizmag, images via video screenshots]