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Dear beekeepers,
On this page, we have answered frequently asked questions regarding our CFM-honey extractors and CFM-honey creamers. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call us: 0049 9776 / 8115-0


Questions regarding CFM-honey extractors

Please note: All our Ø-dimensions in the descriptions of our tanks/machines refer to the inner-Ø!

What kind of honey extractor is the right one?

We would like to give you some more information and helpful tips fort he selection of the honey extractor suitable for your needs. Depending on the amount of bee colonies and therefore the size of your apiary, we have linked our recommendations. Of course, we would be glad to advise you by phone, by e-mail, by exhibitions and by a personally visit of our company.

1 - 15 bee colonies: tangential extractor  |  radial extractor - top drive

15 - 50 bee colonies: radial extractor - top drive  |  self-turning extractor - top drive

More than 50 bee colonies: radial extractor - bottom drive  |  self-turning extractor - bottom drive  |  double-pocket extractor


Hobby apiaries up to 10 colonies

With our small extracting-set item no. 5006000 you are well equipped. Everything you need for harvesting the honey is included. The set consists of a CFM-uncapping-set, a uncapping fork, a CFM-stainless steel double strainer, a 25 kg CFM-honey tank as well as a CFM-honey extractor for 4 deep frames / 8 shallow frames.

Small apiaries from 10 - 50 colonies

These apiary sizes are particularly widespread in the Central European region. You need a more powerful motor-driven honey extractor. When working in these beekeepers with half-high hone apples, we recommend the smaller radial extractors (e.g. item no. 5038020 for 20 shallow frames). When using Zander, DN, Kuntzsch or Langstroth frame size, a powerful self-turning extractor should be considered. The size always depends on the amount of bee colonies.
Tip: Better something more generous than just enough. A bottleneck results quickly!

Sideline apiaries up to 200 colonies

For these apiary size there are either large radial extractors with 36 to 60 honeycombs or, depending on the size of the frame, very efficient self-turning extractors with 12 to 16 honeycomb capacities. In the middle to north European region, the self-turning extractor is more frequently used because of the larger frame dimensions used here and the higher honey viscosity (due to other honey varieties). In the southern European region, however, almost exclusively radial extractors are used, since shallow frames are used in the honey field. Because of the higher outside temperatures, the honey in these regions is considerably more fluid than in our latitudes.

Professional apieries more than 200 colonies

In such large apiaries, there are always several people in the season, since otherwise the working peaks can not be intercepted. In addition to semi-automatic or fully automatic uncapping machines, frequently also extractor systems are used here. In addition to a powerful uncapping machine, these include a semi-automatic feed to the horizontal extractor, which accommodates at least 60 honeycombs.
Such professional extracting systems were already in the USA and South America about 40 years ago. Due to the increasing use of shallow frames in the honey room, more and more professional beekeepers are finding pleasure in a time- and personnel-saving extracting system. In addition, however, the great self-turning extractors still have their justification, especially when highly viscous honey (heath, melitto, etc.) must be harvested. On this scale, of course, all the honey extractors are equipped with automatic programs.

No matter what scale your beekeeping belongs to - we are your point of contact for all types of beekeeping. Our CFM-honey extractors and CFM-honey creamers have been tested a thousand times by customers from all over the world and the quality and durability of the products are confirmed.
Each of our CFM-honey extractors (or CFM-honey creamers etc.) runs through a production line, which still today is characterized by the high quality standard of a manual work. Before a honey extractors slides on to you, our experienced employees work with care on each of the many individual parts. Starting with the sheet metal blank for the tank, over the honeycomb basket up to the connection of the fully automatic program automatics. The final step, before the honey extractor or the agitator goes to you is the final function test.
Only if the equipment passes through this test properly, all our honey extractor or honey creamers as well as other beekeeping tools we produce (stainless steel tanks, etc.) are our trademark - the CFM hexagon.

What characterizes the CFM-honey extractors?
All Carl Fritz Mellrichstadt honeycomb centrifuges (CFM) are high-quality stainless steel products, which - except for the drives - are produced entirely in our company in Mellrichstadt. Our raw materials are exclusively supplied by European quality manufacturers. In addition, all of our motor-driven honey extractors carry the CE-marking! We produce ten different basic types and are able to adapt the honey extractors to the individual needs of our customers due to the diverse design possibilities of the honeycomb baskets.

How are the extractors processed?
All tanks seams are welded under argon TIG. The floors are welded together. We apply the best kind of processing it gives for stainless steel at all.
Honeycomb baskets tangential extractors: All parts are made of stainless steel 1.4301. Side supports, which are wider upwards. On each side, the floor has two punch-out holes for the carrying tubes. It has space for two shallow frames or one deep frame. The honeycomb grid is 1.2 - 1.5 mm thick. The upper wire wires (0.6 mm thick) are welded to the guide ring. The lateral wire wires are 6 or 7 mm thick. The basket is made without a continuous middle axis, so the turning of the honeycomb in the basket is possible! The annoying removal of the honeycomb for turning is not necessary. The drive shaft (14 mm thick) is welded to the basket at the top and bottom. Bearing at the top of the drive head, on the bottom of a steel ball.
Hand drive: Casing made of cast aluminum, screw of free-cutting steel, guided in the drive shaft. Worm wheel of cast steel, connected to the crankshaft. Translation 1: 3. The crankshaft is again mounted in a support. Crank made of cast aluminum, cranked shape, so that after removal of the sling, the sling does not exceed the edge.
Function of the freewheel drive with back pressure brake: We supply our worm gearing with freewheel and back pressure brake. The honeycomb basket is moved to the right by turning the crank handle. When the crank is no longer operated, the honeycomb basket rotates alone. A slight backward movement of the crank to the left - similar to the back pedal brake on the bike - brakes the barrel of the basket softly but quickly. The freewheel is simple and reliable. Please lubricate now and then!
Valve: all valves made of stainless steel 1.4301.
Extractor tank: stainless steel 1.4301, material thickness 0.6 - 1.5 mm, boiler floor 0.8 - 2 mm thick
Bottom heating: A bottom heating system can be installed under all tank walls.
Lid: from glasklarem Acry reinforced by stainless steel strip with hinge.
Packing: Top drive honey extractors in double-strength corrugated cardboard boxes with additional internal protection. Feet extra packaged. Extractors wir a bottom drive are sent on wooden pallets.

Spare part Plexiglass lid half
If you need a new Plexiglas lid or a lid half for your honey extractor, please use the order form and send it back to us completely filled out. So we can select and send the lid half/s as quickly as possible.
>>> order form Plexiglas- lid half


Questions regarding CFM-honey creamers

What are the advantages of CFM-honey creamer and stirring machine?
The built-in helical coils ensure rapid mixing and, above all, can be stirred at any fill level without air intake. For CFM-honey creamer and stirring machines from 100 kg in size, there is a stirring part in addition to the screw in the bottom area, which has the shape of the conical bottom. The honey is collected in the entire floor area and mixed in the vertical direction by the following screw.

What speaks for an additional bottom heating?
A big advantage is the time-saving when filling with the squeeze valve. As soon as the honey has reached the correct consistency, set the thermostat of the bottom heating to 40 ° C and let the stirrer run for about 1 hour without interruption. The honey is gently heated and then flows into the honey jar much faster.

Can I control the stirring intervals?
Yes, a uniform, recurring mixing of the honey can be adjusted by means of a timer, and thus the consistency of the honey can also be influenced, for example the production of supple, creamy honey.

When should I use a double-walled stirrer?
Double-walled CFM honey stirrers are mainly used for mixing various types of blossoms. In order to achieve a uniform color and consistency, the different varieties are first mixed together at an even temperature of 25-30 ° C. The stirrer should be run three times for 30 - 40 minutes each. In between, the honey requires a rest period of several hours, before the heating is switched off. The honey now has a uniform structure and color. With the help of the timer you can run in four daily cycles, each cycle about 15 - 20 minutes. After obtaining the correct consistency, the heating in the double jacket is set to about 40 ° C. and the stirrer is allowed to run for about 1 hour without interruption. Everything else as already mentioned.

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