Frequently asked questions
How can the Hive Butler® help me?
Honey harvest time?
We started, like they tell you, just carrying in a whole super full of frames, into the truck or garage, and then perhaps setting it on the kitchen counter. But, since we weren’t always immediately ready to extract, it sat there for a bit. Like a week. Supers leak wherever they are! What a mess. We wanted something better.
So, we switched to coolers. Some held the frames straight. Some didn’t and only three would fit. Sometimes the frames fell over and gouged each other, and the honey would leak out. Move the cooler in the beeyard, hear the “clunk” of the frames falling, and realize that your precious honey is leaking into an old cooler.
Then we went tried cheap tote boxes. Same story. Falling, leaking, gouging, with the added bonus of corners busting out from the weight of heavy honey frames. Our precious, valuable honey was being wasted in these cheap, inadequate totes! We kept saying, “Someone needs to invent a storage box just for beekeepers.”
So, we’ve done just that. The Hive Butler® is food-grade HDPE, designed to hold those frames whether newly-constructed or full of liquid gold. It will allow you to move those heavy, capped honey frames from the yard to the extractor without damage, loss or mess. Or hold them until extraction day.
On extraction day, you can also use the Hive Butler® as your uncapping tub! ( e have even identified a perfect location for a gate, if you wish to install one.) Of course, the Hive Butler® is food-grade HDPE. Your honey is safe for consumption, even what might have spilled out of the comb.
After extraction, set the wet frames out in the yard, using the Hive Butler® to keep them secure, so the bees can clean out your frames. If you have the room, you may set the entire Hive Butler® into the freezer to kill off any wax moth larvae. And then store your drawn comb in the Hive Butler® for the off-season.
BUT THAT ISN’T ENOUGH!
Frame storage, construction, transport, protection
We knew the Hive Butler® needed to work more than just on the few days of honey harvest. We all have to store drawn-comb frames, either to return to the yard or in off-season. Wax is the most valuable thing in the yard or storeroom. It takes so much for the bees to create it. Beekeepers need to protect that drawn comb from damage, and the Hive Butler® can do that for you as well! Keeps each frame from leaning up against another or falling down. Even when you’re carrying the them out to the yard, no damage.
Bee transportation, queen protection
We wanted the Hive Butler® to work all year ’round–even in the beeyard. What about when you want to move a frame or two of bees? We never have enough wooden hive boxes. And besides being heavy, they have no bottom! Beekeepers don’t need more hassle! Let the Hive Butler® do that work for you!
So we designed the Hive Butler® to have two lid options…the solid storage lid, or the ventilated lid, to use the Hive Butler™ as a bee moving box! Collecting swarms, making splits or just protecting the queen during hive inspection. If you save one queen from flying away, or being stepped on…the Hive Butler® has paid for itself!