Beekeeping Equipment Rentals

Members of the ACBA have access to several packages of beekeeping equipment and tools for rent. Active members who have attended a meeting are welcome to rent or borrow club equipment.

Honey Extraction

The club has four extractors available. The standard rental period is three days. Each extractor rental package includes an uncapping tank, hot knife, scratcher, bucket with gate, sieve, and heater.

During time of high demand for the club extractors, especially weekends, consider reserving it in advance. Please return all equipment in clean working order and immediately inform us of any mechanical problems.

Choose from:

  • Mann Lake HH-163 extractor
    • 8 medium or four deep
    • Electric motor
    • Will fit in a hatchback or larger car
    • $15 for 3 days
  • Dadant model M00401 Ranger Radial Power Extractor:
    • 6 medium-frame radial or
    • 3 deep-frame tangential
    • Electric motor
    • $20 for 3 days
  • 3-frame tangential extractor with a motor
    • Holds 3 frames (deep or medium)
    • Single-sided extraction good for half-capped frames
    • Electric motor
    • Removable stand for easier transport
    • $10 for 3 days
  • Manual extractor
    • Donated by Jeri Martinez
    • Holds 2 deep frames
    • $10 for 3 days

The extractor rental lead is Chuck Zierdt. For more information or to reserve most equipment, call Chuck at 510-531-5832 or email It’s also possible to pick up the equipment at a meeting by arrangement in advance.

To rent the 3-frame tangential extractor with a motor, contact Pam Weimer, 510-390-6291 or

Note that Chuck and Pam are volunteers. If they don’t get back to you in a day or two, feel free to follow up politely. Chuck will go over equipment usage when you pick up the extractor.

Wire-into-wax foundation embedding transformer

  • Embeds wire into wax foundation for stronger frames & better extraction.
  • Contact Chuck for details.

ACBA Candle Mold Kit


  • 7 Molds (making 15 candles)
  • Wicking needle (holder attached to box lid)
  • 3 wick spools
  • Mold release, spray can
  • Candle gloss, spray can
  • Bag of sticks and rubber bands
  • Instruction sheets

The seven molds are:

  • Tree
  • Honey Pot
  • Skep Beehive
  • 4 Votives
  • 4 Flowers
  • Square Pillar
  • Diamond Cylinder

The candle-making kit can be picked up at an ACBA meeting or by special arrangement. To reserve it or check availability, contact Dan Wood,

Solar Wax Melter

The perfect answer for melting up those burr combs and cappings. Harness the power of the sun to sustainably melt down your wax.

If interested in checking this item out email