3 Ways to Easily Extract Honey From Wild Comb

Written by Desiree Vilar in Beekeeping Updated: May 16, 2023

There are three easy ways to extract honey from wild comb without needing special tools or a lot of experience. The tips below will let you enjoy the fruits of your labor and the sweet taste of natural honey.

You can extract honey from wild comb using the cutting comb method, which requires a hive tool and sharp knife to cut the comb into pieces. You may also want to try crushing the comb with a heated rolling pin or opt to boil the comb in water to extract the honey.

We'll discuss how to get to your honey easily in a more detailed step-by-step guide below. With these tips, this daunting task can be made easy.


  • There are three easy methods to extract honey from a wild comb. One is cutting the comb using a sharp knife to let the honey drip out. The second method is crushing the comb with a heated rolling pin to allow the heat and pressure to let the honey seep out of the comb. The third is simply boiling the comb in water, letting it cool, and collecting the honey afterward.
  • There are other equipment you can use to extract honey such as a mesh strainer, a centrifugal extractor, or a steam box.
  • Before extracting honey, wear a protective suit, a bee veil, and hand gloves.

3 Ways to Extract Honey from Wild Comb

1. Cut the comb to let the honey drip out

To extract honey from a wild comb, you could start by putting on protective clothing, including a beekeeper's veil. Place the comb inside a bee hive box, then use a bee smoker to gently smoke the bees away from the comb.

  • Once the bees have been removed, use a hive tool to cut the comb away from the inner walls of the box.
  • Use a sharp knife or pair of scissors to cut the comb into strips, then place the strips in a straining bag or cheesecloth.
  • Hang the bag of comb strips over a bowl and let the honey drip out.
  • Once all of the honey has been extracted, you can now discard the comb strips and enjoy the honey!

2. Crush the comb with a rolling pin and let the honey seep out

Crushing a wild comb with a rolling pin is a great way to extract honey.

  • Start by heating the rolling pin on a stovetop or in the oven so that it is warm to the touch.
  • Place the comb on a flat hard surface, such as a cutting board, and place the warm rolling pin on top of it.
  • Roll the pin back and forth over the comb in a steady rhythm, applying firm and even pressure.
  • The heat and pressure will cause the wax and honey to slowly seep out of the comb.
  • Once the comb is fully crushed, you can scoop the honey from the surface of the board by using a spoon or spatula.

3. Boil the comb in water to extract the honey

This last method only requires you to boil the comb to extract the honey that you want.

  • To boil wild comb in water to extract honey, you may want to start by combining equal parts of comb and water in a large pot.
  • Heat the mixture on medium heat; as the mixture begins to boil, gently stir it with a wooden spoon to ensure that the comb melts evenly.
  • Once the comb has melted, reduce the heat to low and simmer for an hour.
  • Once the comb has been melted, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth, discarding the comb pieces.
  • Allow the honey to cool, and then store it in a jar.

You can now enjoy your freshly extracted honey!

Other Ways To Extract Wild Honey

If youโ€™re looking for other ways to extract honey aside from the methods mentioned above, look no more! Here are the other techniques that you can use.

Using a mesh strainer

Using a mesh strainer to extract honey is a quick and easy process.

  • Begin by heating the honey in a pot until it is liquified.
  • Place the mesh strainer on top of a container and slowly pour the heated honey into the strainer.
  • The strainer will remove any impurities from the honey.
  • Once all the honey has been poured through the mesh strainer, allow the liquid to cool and thicken. The honey should now be ready to be used or stored.

Stirring the comb

To stir a wild comb to extract honey, first use protective clothing, such as gloves and a beekeeperโ€™s veil, to protect yourself from the bees.

  • Place the comb in a bee escape box or similar container with an open bottom and secure the lid.
  • Place the box in a bee smoker and smoke the bees out.
  • Once the bees have escaped, you can use a spoon or honey extractor to carefully and slowly stir the comb, dislodging the honey.
  • Once the honey begins to drip out, collect it using a plastic bucket or jar.
  • When finished, make sure to release any remaining bees in the box, and close the lid.

Using a centrifugal extractor

Using a centrifugal extractor to extract honey is a simple process. It is a more economical choice if you have 6 or more colonies of bees, as compared to a manual extraction method.

  • First, place the frames of the honeycomb into the extractor, making sure to remove any debris or wax.
  • Next, close the lid and turn on the machine, allowing it to spin the frames and extract the honey. For optimal results, use the 50-100-50 method: extract 50% of the honey from one side of the frame, then spin the frame around and extract all of the honey from the other side. Finally, spin the initial side again to remove the remaining honey.
  • Once the honey is finished extracting, open the lid and remove the frames, allowing the honey to drain into a separate container.
  • Finally, pour the honey into jars and label them accordingly. Here's an article on how to correctly label honey jars for selling.

With this method of extraction, you can quickly and easily harvest honey from your hive and enjoy it in its purest form.

Using a steam box

Using a steam box to extract honey is a relatively simple process.

  • First, you will need to heat the steam box to the desired temperature.
  • Once the steam box is heated up, you will need to place the frames of the honeycomb inside the box.
  • The steam will then heat and expand the cells in the comb, allowing the honey to flow freely.
  • Once the honey has been extracted, you can remove the frames and store the honey in an airtight container.
  • Make sure to close the lid of the steam box to prevent any further loss of heat.
  • After the extraction is complete, you should clean the steam box to avoid any contamination of the honey.

Precautions Before Extracting Honey

To be safe, here are the things you need to keep in mind before extracting honey from a wild comb:

  1. Wear protective clothing, such as a beekeeper suit, gloves, and a hat with a veil to protect your face.
  2. Avoid using strong odors or fragrances that can irritate the bees.
  3. Make sure you have a bee smoker to calm the bees before you start.
  4. Move slowly and gently when extracting the honeycomb.
  5. Have a container ready to store your honeycomb in.
  6. Make sure you have a plan for collecting the honeycomb before you start.
  7. Never attempt to remove a wild honeycomb without the assistance of an experienced beekeeper.

Tools and Equipment for Extracting Honey

Extracting honey from a wild comb can be done using a knife or frame extractor. To give you a brief estimate of the costs of some of these tools, read this article.

Below are a few tools and equipment that you need to prepare before extracting honey:

1. Beekeeping suit - Beekeeping suits help protect beekeepers from stings and other potential hazards, ensuring their safety and allowing them to focus on successful honey extraction.

2. Bee smoker - Bee smokers create a calming smoke that masks alarm pheromones and keeps the bees calm, allowing beekeepers to properly extract honey without stressing the hive.

3. Hive tool - A hive tool allows safe and efficient opening and closing of the hive while extracting honey without damaging the bees or the hive structure.

4. Protective gloves - Protective gloves protect the skin from bee stings and from contact with honey, which can cause allergic reactions.

5. Hive frames - Hive frames provide a protected environment for the honeybees to store their honey and ensure that the honey is protected from pests, disease, and other external threats.

6. Bee brush - Bee brush is used to gently extract honey from the hive, and ensure that the bees remain unharmed and their hives undisturbed.

7. Uncapping knife โ€“ It removes the wax cappings from the comb without damaging the comb cells and helps preserve the quality of the honey.

8. Honey strainer โ€“ It filters out debris and wax while retaining natural enzymes and pollen, resulting in pure, great-tasting honey.

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