The honey pump

After uncapping the honey from the frames and depositing it in the decanter tank, it is filtered inside the tank. It is above a barrel that it passes to the second stainless steel filter. The honey pump intervenes when it is necessary to transfer the honey obtained from the tank into the barrel. Depending on the level of the beekeeper and the honey house, we have different types of pumps, but how to use them?

Use of the honey pump

Before the honey is potted, it goes through many steps to become the sweet and delicious nectar we enjoy in our meals. To get rid of the frames, we unseal them and then the honey, still raw, is put into a decanter. The honey goes through two or more filterings until the pure texture is obtained. It is then poured into barrels. The honey is pumped from the decanter to the barrel using a honey pump. On some pumps, there is a switch that is pressed and everything starts by itself. On a honey pump you can find a switch for sustained action, another for momentary action, a fuse and a plug to connect it. This differs from one model and brand of pump to another.

The honey pump can have two functions: charging or sucking. If you want to empty a barrel, you put the pump on a board above the barrel. For suction, it is advisable to soak the impeller with a little honey before mounting it. Suction can raise the honey to a higher level. For any transfer, it is the length of the hose of the honey pump that determines the transfer.


Why choose the honey pump?

Transporting honey is not an easy job. That's why it is important to know how to choose the right honey pump. Traditional hydraulic models do not adapt much to honey. If they are used, it is necessary to heat the honey to more than 50°C. This is how the honey pump is best because it performs best at the normal temperature of the honey which is more or less 20°C. The colder the honey is, the more viscous it becomes. If the beekeeper wants to keep the quality of his honey, he must use a honey pump.

The honey pump can work according to two principles, either with the rubber impeller or with the auger or Moineau system, which is used in wort and cement pumps. In the case of crystallized honey or honey mixed with wax, the peristaltic pump is used. However, this is a more expensive system than the other two. It also happens that some beekeepers, especially beginners, try with gear pumps, but this is not suitable. They are not suitable for use and they emulsify the honey. This type of pump has not been used in beekeeping for a very long time. One can have as honey pump an impulse pump which requires a three-phase motor and also a heliocoidal pump which works according to the Moineau system.