plastic foundations: extracting honey
A friend loaned me a hive which he couldn't use this year. It has these plastic foundations. I'm trying to get last year's honey out of six of them and I am stumped. I don't own an extractor, and for this little amount it isn't worth renting one. This isn't honey comb that I can mash and strain! It is too cool in the house for it to liquify and drip. I have the frame lying on a big pan, but it sure isn't dripping much on its own. I've tried a hair dryer and a heat gun (carefully so as not to melt foundation, start a fire or ruin the honey) I melt the honey, it liquifies, I flip the frame over so it will drip in the pan, but only tablespoons come out.
What a waste of time. If there'nt several pounds of honey in those frames, i'd say screw it and give it back to bees. But the frugal in me won't give up yet.
Advice, suggestions, commiserations?