I have a honey loosener I havn’t used for year. Heather honey rarely yields where I live. But this year was exceptional. And heather honey is said to be as good for the health as manuka honey…
And I happened to have an apiary with insulated boxes and plastic frames where it yielded the most. Plastic frames are a blessing in such a situation, if you want to extract it well. Many times you get high water content in heather honey, but not this year. Still it came out of the combs well, with
- Plastic frames
- A honey loosener http://www.swienty.com/shop/vare.asp?side=0&vareid=107331
- A honey separator for straining, making the tixotropic honey fluid enough to go through the fine mesh strainer. http://www.swienty.com/shop/vare.asp?side=0&vareid=107802
An alternative is to bottle the honey directly from the extractor and sell it as raw honey. Or press it, if you have a strong enough press, like the one Brother Adam had at Buckfast Abbey.
Nice filled plastic frames with heather honey. Normally I use single walled wooden boxes, wooden frames and wax foundation. But in a project apiary I use well insulating plastic boxes. And this apiary happened to be in the middle of an area with heavy yielding heather.