Innovative Beekeeping: How to Build an Easy Mason Jar Honey Harvesting System

Beekeeping is a fascinating blend of art and science, and I recently came across a brilliant idea that takes it to a whole new level. I stumbled upon this method on a beekeeping channel, and it involves using Mason jars for direct honey collection. Not only is it simple, but it’s also highly effective!

The Concept:

Typically, beekeepers use frames in beehives for honey storage. However, this innovative approach turns that idea on its head. Instead of the usual telescoping outer cover, a piece of painted plywood with holes that perfectly fit Mason jars is used. The bees can conveniently build comb and store honey directly into the jars.

Modification and Improvement:

Inspired by this idea, I decided to experiment and make a few modifications. I wanted to create a more durable and practical solution, so I consulted with Pineapple Springs Woodware, my trusted woodworking supplier. We agreed that using a thicker half-inch plywood instead of a thin laminate would be better for supporting the weight of the honey-filled jars.

Construction Steps:

  1. Plywood Preparation: I started by painting the thick plywood, although painting it after construction might have been easier in hindsight.

  2. Jar Placement: Then, I marked and drilled holes in the plywood for the jars, making sure there was enough space between them for easy unscrewing.

  3. Securing Lids: Instead of simply placing the jars into the holes, I decided to screw the lids onto the base for a more secure hold. This prevents the jars from moving when the bees are busy at work.

  4. Assembly: After drilling the holes, I glued and nailed the lids in place. I also caulked around the outside to keep bees from entering this modified hive section.

  5. Jar Installation: Finally, I screwed tiny wood screws at the top and sides of each lid for a snug fit. This step is vital to prevent any gaps that might attract pests like hive beetles.

Final Setup and Expectation:

With the lids securely in place, I carefully screwed the Mason jars onto them. To protect the setup and ensure regular hive operations, I planned to enclose this system with a super and cover.
This DIY Mason Jar Honey Harvesting System is not only practical but also visually captivating. It simplifies the honey collection process and provides a unique view of the bees in action. I can’t wait to check in a few weeks from now to see the progress and success of this experiment.

This technique has the potential to revolutionize small-scale honey production. It offers a direct and engaging way to harvest honey while showcasing the creativity and innovation that can enhance traditional beekeeping practices.