Called the Honeyflow, this invention by two Australian beekeepers is claimed to be able to siphon honey straight from a beehive without disturbing the bees inside. A custom tap attached to a specially developed honeycomb “Flow” frame within the hive – the bee-formed cells are split slightly open inside the comb, thereby allowing channels to form through which the honey flows down to a sealed trough and out of the hive straight into collecting jars. Continue reading for a video and more information.
“When the honey has finished draining into the collection jars – which takes anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours, depending on the temperature and viscosity of the honey – the tap is turned back to its original position, the bees chew through the wax seals, and once more fill the cells with honey. The only modification required to the bee box itself is the cutting and fitting of two access doors in the sides of the structure,” says Gizmag.