Want To Have Honey On Tap? With The Flow Hive You Can

It is the sort of thing that you would think would be in a cartoon -- a tap in a beehive that you can turn on to get some honey out of it. It isn't a cartoon, nor is it a dream. It is a new invention from Stuart and Cedar Anderson, a father and son team of beekeepers from Australia. The hive is barely inconvenienced by this new spigot that collects the honey without all the expensive equipment and time consuming work currently used.

The Flow™ (Image via Facebook)The Flow™ (Image via Facebook)

This new method of collecting honey has been in the works for ten years and is ready to really be unveiled. The Flow™ will be launched in a Kickstarter campaign that will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time in Australia on February 23rd. That is 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in the U.S. on the 22nd.

The Flow frame starts with partly formed honeycomb cells. The bees come in and complete the comb with their wax and begin to fill the cells. When you turn the tool, which is similar to a tap, you split the cells vertically inside the comb. This creates channels to allow the honey to flow naturally down to a sealed trough at the base of the frame. The honey is then able to flow out of the hive and into the waiting jars. The bees are virtually undisturbed on the surface of the comb.

The Flow™ (Image via Facebook)The Flow™ (Image via Facebook)

When you turn the spigot off again it returns the comb back to its original position. The bees chew the wax capping away and start filling up the comb all over again.

For the most part the bees will not notice the removal with this system, but sometimes they do and they will try to retrieve it. So making sure the jars or bucket are covered is a good idea. All you need in this case is to poke a hole in the cover and add some tubing.

This seems to be the perfect set up for backyard beekeepers. The next step will likely be to see how to apply this concept to industrial set ups.

Sources: Colossal, Flow™ Hive, Facebook