"Uncapping" refers to removing the thin beeswax covering off your honey frames, called the "cappings," to expose your honey—only when the honey is exposed using the proper tools and equipment can it then be extracted. Our uncapping tools range from handheld uncapping knives and combs to automatic uncappers from Lyson.
Minimizing damage to the frames when uncapping is important, as you can reuse the drawn comb to help give your bees a head start on refilling the box. You'll need a tank or bucket to collect the cappings; our Uncapping Tank is a popular tool for the beginner to hold the frames and collect the cappings.
Be sure to strain the honey from the cappings and add it to your harvest—cappings contain quite a bit of honey. Rinse the beeswax you strain out with water and save it in your refrigerator or freezer to melt into beeswax cakes later.
Always uncap and extract your honey frames indoors in a clean, food-safe area using the proper tools and equipment. This activity will attract many honey bees and other insects, and robbing on a large scale may occur if you uncap outdoors.