Honey Reliquifier

Do you have honey that's crystallized? This past season some of the frames I harvested probably were not cured as much as they should have been, as a result some of the last bottles I put up have started to turn on me. So I came up with this little setup to turn the solid back to liquid. I must have heard of someone else doing something like this, I'm sure I'm not the first. None the less I put this together for just a few bucks and it works really well. Please don't mind the cluttered work bench, I've got a few projects going at the moment.

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Here's the base. It's just an old deep with a 2x4 screwed in the bottom. On top of the 2x4 I put two metal ceiling electrical boxes with two ceramic light bases on top. I use 14 wire to connect the two boxes (remember on metal boxes you need to ground the box) and a computer electric cable to provide power, it is also a 14 wire. I like using these as they have nice molded plugs and I have a unlimited supply of them! On top of the deep is a plain old steel queen excluded. I added two brackets on the sides to keep the deeps lined up, these were old ones that were not very square so they needed a little persuasion.

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Here it is put together. Simple enough.

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Here it is with some 1 pounders ready to go. Through trial and error I found that two 40 watt light bulbs gets you about 108 degrees which is just what I was shooting for (my squeeze bottles are good up to 120 degrees). I also didn't want to get to warm and do funky things to the honey. It took about 12 hours to turn a completely solid jar that I had from a few years back to nice clear liquid. I suspect the more bottles you put in there the longer it would take to heat the mass so 12 hours may be a bit of a variable.

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Here it is in action. I stick a piece of 3/4" foam on top to help keep some of the heat in.

It works, it's not fast but that's fine by me. It really beats sitting there with a pan of hot water!