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How to Harvest Honey from a Beehive

Ask This Old House’s Roger Cook and a professional beekeeper harvest honey, talk about hive health and show you how to maintain and grow your hive


  1. Wear your protective beekeeping suit.
  2. Remove the outer and inner tops of the bee hive
  3. Use the smoker to add some smoke to the hive to calm the bees
  4. Use the hive tool to remove an upper frame and check the bees
  5. Remove the upper (or Super) bee box to expose the lower frames
  6. Remove a lower frame and check the brood for hive health
  7. Replace the Super bee box and remove the waxy-looking (Honey) frame
  8. Use the bee brush to gently brush the bees off that frame and back into the hive.
  9. Place the honey frame onto a tray and move to an indoor space.
  10. Replace the inner and outer tops of the bee hive.
  11. Spoon the beeswax and honey into a strainer and allow the honey to separate through the strainer into a bowl for 2-3 days.
  12. If you want to use a Honey Extractor, remove the capping from the frame(s)
  13. Place the frames into the extractor and spin the honey out.
  14. Continually monitor the honey bee’s health in your hive, check for hive beetles, remove diseased parts, keep cover on for warmth and don’t over harvest the honey.