Save the Bees we acquire our first Flow Hive
Less labour, more love
It’s hard to think of a more rewarding hobby than beekeeping. Bees are just such fascinating little creatures. They play a key role in our food supply and they bring in an abundance of delicious honey.
However, extracting the honey from the hive used to be a real drag. You’d have to suit up (usually on a stinking hot day), smoke the bees, crack the hive open, lift out the frames, sweep off the bees, transport the frames to your honey shed, uncap each frame with a hot knife, stick the frames in a centrifuge, spin out the honey, filter out the wax and bee bits, fill your jars, take the empty frames back to the hive, open the hive again to put them back in, then clean everything up. Phew!
It was hot, sticky, heavy work, involving shared equipment and lots of squashed bees.
Flow Hive makes harvesting honey as simple as turning a tap. It’s so much easier for the beekeeper and so much easier on the bees. You can just turn the Flow Key and watch as 3kg of honey pours into your jar from each Flow Frame.
Of course there's more to beekeeping than harvesting honey. You still need to look after your bees and do all the normal things to keep your hives happy and healthy. If you’re new to beekeeping you'll quickly find it’s a fascinating, rewarding and addictive hobby. There is always more to learn.
HOW FLOW WORKS
The Flow system is a whole new way of extracting honey from Langstroth-style European honeybee hives.
Of course, you’ll still need to look after your bees, as the brood box stays the same and when it comes to taking care of bees, there’s much to learn.
But the world-first Flow Frames have revolutionised the honey-extraction process. We’ve built an artificial foundation from BPA- and BPS-free food grade plastic, manufactured right here in Australia, on which the bees build their comb.
Plastic foundation in beehives is nothing new, but in a Flow Frame, the cells are almost complete. The bees fill the honey cells and cap them off.
When you insert the Flow Key and split the honey cells, gravity does the rest of the work, and the honey simply flows into the trough, through the tube and into your jar.
You’ll know when the honey is ready thanks to the Flow Frames’ unique clear end-frame view and side observation window which let you see inside without taking off the lid and bothering the bees.
Don’t worry about the bees getting squashed. We’ve designed it so no bees get harmed when the mechanism is activated, with little gaps they can safely hang out in while the honey flows out.
It’s easy and amazing to watch! Watch this video of Flow Hive co-inventor Cedar Anderson extracting the honey for a good look at how it all works.