We’ve let our honey sit in 5-gallon buckets for about a week and the loose wax has floated to the top, so Joe bottled most of the honey in the bucket that has a convenient spicket at the bottom. We got 48 one-pound bottles so far.
The last 2 or 3 inches in the bucket is full of wax, so Joe is going to pour most of the other bucket full on top of it and give it another week to settle out again. This is a slow, tedious process. We do own a series of increasingly fine filters that we could pour the honey through, but it seems to take forever to find its way through the wax.
When we uncap the cells to release the honey, I use a fork-like tool that is meant for cutting a layer cake. It has about 20 prongs, so it seemed to be a cheap, convenient solution to the problem. I am beginning to think that I should invest in a heated knife though. Maybe it would reduce the amount of stray wax that we have to deal with. Any opinions out there from you beekeepers?