This ingenious beehive puts fresh honey on tap in your garden. Sweet
As crowdfunding projects go, this has enticed investors like bees to a honeypot.
Father and son duo Stuart and Cedar Anderson have come up with a contraption that will allow you to get honey on tap straight from a hive in your garden.
Now, you probably know what beekeepers normally have to go through when they set out to collect honey: they don a protective suit and hat, use a smoker to sedate the bees, crack open the hive and then manually process the honey.
Not any more.
The Flow Hive will allow beekeepers to extract honey without opening the hive or disturbing the bees.
How? Well, the frame of the sweet creation consists of partly-formed honeycomb cells, which allows the bees to complete the comb with their wax before filling the cells with honey. Then, you simply turn a handle, which will cause the cells to spit vertically, creating a channel for the honey to drip down to the base of the frame and out of the hive.
The inventors have already received over $2m from nearly 6,000 investors on Indiegogo (a crowdsourcing platform) since the project was listed on 22 February.
The pair wrote on the campaign’s site: “This really is a revolution. You can see into the hive, see when the honey is ready and take it away in such a gentle way.”
Winnie the Pooh would be proud.