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And Australian Invented
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 such 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 (or laundry), 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. The bees don’t even seem to notice when you turn the FlowTM Frames and watch as 3kg of honey pours out into your jar from each one.
Of course there is 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.
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There has to be a better way!
Many years ago, I went down to one of my beehives, which I knew was a pretty wild hive. It was getting on towards evening and a bit of a grey day, so not the best time for beekeeping!
So I put on the bee veil my grandma made me and pressed the gaffer tape back on the mesh that covered the rips in it. Then I put on my glove, (I couldn’t find the second one). I fired up the smoker and blew plenty of smoke into the hive.
When I opened the lid my suspicions were confirmed. The bees weren’t happy about being disturbed. I pulled my sleeve over my gloveless hand, blew some more smoke into the hive, and pulled some nice frames of honey out.
The hive was packed with bees and it was near impossible to get the honey out without squashing lots of them. I really don’t like squashing bees! They don't like it either and the bees became grumpier and started to sting me through my beekeeper suit.
I put the hive back together as quickly as I could, squashing more bees as the lid went on and ended up running away across the field, thinking, "There has to be a better way!"
So, my Dad Stuart and I set to work on the decade-long task of inventing Flow™ Hive, the beekeeper's dream.
We are so happy to say that now you can harvest the honey with virtually no disturbance to the bees. It's a dream come true for us.
After a decade of work, it's been so exciting to be finally bringing our Flow™ hive invention to the world, and now to be able to offer a more affordable, Australian-made version to Australian customers only is the icing on the honey cake.
– Cedar Anderson
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