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Comb honey production using Ross Round style equipment: center comb is complete, right in progress

Comb honey is honey, intended for consumption, which still contains pieces of the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells of the honeycomb.

Before the invention of the honey extractor almost all honey produced was in the form of comb honey.[citation needed] Today, most honey is produced for extraction but comb honey remains popular among consumers both for eating 'as is' and for combining with extracted honey to make Chunk Honey. Hobbyists and sideliners can best develop their beekeeping skills by producing comb honey, which they can easily sell for several times its value as extracted honey. Comb honey production is more suitable for areas with a prolonged honeyflow from dutch clover, alsike, and yellow clover. Wooded areas are not very suitable for comb honey production, as bees tend to collect much more propolis, which makes the harvesting of comb honey much more difficult. This problem has been largely circumvented with the adoption of specialized frames which prevent accumulation of propolis on saleable units.

Hive management[edit]

Beehive with Ross Round style comb honey super and frames exposed

Populous honey bee colonies are usually reduced to single hive bodies at the beginning of the honeyflow when one or more comb honey supers are added. Comb honey can either be produced in wooden sections, shallow frames, or Ross Rounds. The successful production of comb honey requires that the hive remain somewhat crowded without overcrowding, which leads to swarming. Young prolific queens help rapid colony population expansion with less likelihood of swarming. Caucasian Apis mellifera bees are often preferred for their tendency to keep a constricted brood nest and for their production of white wax cappings, making more attractive honey combs.


  • The Hive and the Honeybee, Chapter 16 The Production of Comb and Bulk Comb Honey by Carl E. Killion, 1975 published by Dadant & Sons
  • The New Comb Honey Book, by Richard Taylor, 1981, Linden Books
  • Honey in the Comb by Eugene Killion, 1981, Dadant & Sons

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Mother Earth News

Mother Earth News
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:15:30 -0700

My husband and I have been extracting honey and collecting beeswax from our hives for quite a few years now. This year, we decided to try something new – producing comb honey. We were lucky enough to be in contact with a beekeeper who has produced ...

Zambia Daily Mail

Zambia Daily Mail
Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:00:00 -0700

She said the council in Petauke has successfully linked farmers to commodity markets that offer competitive price for comb honey, which is pure and unprocessed honey. “The companies that are buying honey include Community Markets for Conservation ...

The Daily News Online

The Daily News Online
Fri, 29 May 2015 21:06:39 -0700

“We do quite a bit of comb honey. I like to do that — I do the old-style, section box, round comb. That's the kind I like, because not a lot of people are doing it, and it's a little bit harder to do.” Western New York's winter of 2014-2015 was quite ...


Tue, 07 Apr 2015 06:30:02 -0700

Today, the much-anticipated Boston Public Market announced its initial line up of vendors who will sell locally produced goods in the new permanent, year-round market. The market will be debuting on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway (directly above ...

Mother Earth News

Mother Earth News
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:06:18 -0800

... I use my chicken egg incubator. I can set the incubator at 110 degrees, leave the lids on, and walk away! I can even reliquify comb honey this way because the wax does not melt until about 140 degrees. In the photo, both jars contain cut comb and ...

Wadena Pioneer Journal

Wadena Pioneer Journal
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 22:51:36 -0700

Nicholson has won many awards for his comb honey at American Honey Show events. Honey is judged on color, consistency, how it's finished and the capping (wax put on top of the honey by the bees), he said. But, it's pretty much in the hands of the bees.

MSU State News

MSU State News
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:00:00 -0700

There may even be a possibility the honey from the bees could be used in the dining halls around campus. “Oh that would be a great dream,” Thorp said. “But we do have offers from others, requesting to buy comb honey from us, and when we do end up with ...

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Mon, 04 May 2015 06:27:22 -0700

Maple syrup may help fight disease-causing bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant strains that often grow in health-care settings, says a study published online in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Concentrated extracts of maple syrup combined ...

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