Our food-grade extraction room is available for members to hire from 1st December to 30th April. It holds a current NP1 certificate (certified by an independent verifier) confirming it complies with the Food Act 2014 as a certified premise to extract and jar honey.
Payment in full is needed to secure your booking.
Increased to $40 as $30 wasn’t recovering its running costs. Covers petrol for power, gas for hot water, protective gear, extracting equipment and cleaning chemicals.
As our extraction room is a registered food-grade facility it must remain scrupulously clean. It also can be independently inspected at any time to check we’re meeting our obligations. To avoid the challenge of training you to perfectly meet the food-grade standard of cleaning, we’re introducing a $20 cleaning fee.
This cleaning fee does not lessen your requirement to clean when you’ve finished. You must still clean to at least the standard the room was in when you arrived (allow 1.5 hours). Instead, this fee funds cleaning to meet food-grade standards at the start of the season, end of the season and during the season as required. It’ll be used to either pay for a morning tea for extraction room cleaning volunteers with coffee and cake at the Red Shed (in May, at the end of the extraction season) or pay for commercial cleaners.
We charge $10 per box (i.e. $1 per frame). So, you need to estimate the number of boxes you’re extracting at time of booking and pay for them at time of booking too. But don’t worry - if you extract less boxes we’ll refund you the balance. And if you extract more boxes we’ll invoice you the balance.
This is an optional fee. We charge $72 per box of 72 (400ml/500g) glass jars and lids. The number you pre-purchase can be collected from our clubroom on Club Meeting Days. Unfortunately, if you run out of jars we can’t make more available to you on the day (due to processing issues) nor can we re-purchase surplus jars from you (due to sterilisation issues).
We recommend using the extraction room if you have at least 6 full boxes of capped honey. Why? It makes it cost effective + cleaning to a food-grade standard takes 1.5 hours so you need to feel it’s worthwhile!
If you only extract 1 box, your total per box cost is $70 ($40 hireage fee, $20 cleaning fee and $10 extraction fee). As this cost is high (and we want you to experience the fun and satisfaction from getting your delicious fresh honey out of those intricate little wax compartments on your frames) we’re introducing small extraction run groups.
Small extraction run groups: Here’s how it works. If you estimate you’re extracting 5 or less boxes of honey, simply fill in our small extraction run form to enable the club to connect you to other club members with similar small extraction requirements (including preferred booking dates), so you can work together and do a group extraction run. This keeps your costs down (hireage and cleaning flat fees are divided amongst the group but you still pay for your own boxes extracted), makes it a fun, social day and satisfies the requirement of having at least 2 people in the extraction room. But your group must still satisfy the cleaning requirements of our extraction room, meaning you’ll all have to organise final cleaning within your group.
2-bucket extraction option: Using this 2-bucket extraction method at home if you don’t have plans to make a fortune selling your precious honey.
Commercial extraction operator option: Taking your box/es of honey to a commercial extraction operator (typically around $23 per box). Boring but easy. And you’ll miss out on all the fun of having a hot sticky hour or two extracting your own liquid gold in the company of friends.
Once we receive payment confirmation, one of our committee members will call and give you the location and your unique code to our lockbox, so you can access the extraction room key and clubroom front door. Note: The portaloo is accessed from our apiary garden.
If you sell, donate or barter honey the law requires you must:
We have an EpiPen onsite in the first aid box beside the internal door leading out to our apiary. This is for extreme reactions only. If you use the Epipen you must call 111 and be taken to hospital. You must also advise us for our health and safety records plus we will replace it.