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    Re: First Cleansing Flight 2014

    I was happy to see mine took much needed cleansing flights this past week when temps got over 40F.

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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I made some sugar blocks with your recipe today!!

    Two notes/recommendations

    1) make sure you have enough pans to form them in. I used every (6) 9x13 sheets in our house PLUS an 18x26 drip pan...
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    Re: Camcoat Clear Coating

    I build my own feeders out of wood and just seal the joints with clear silicone (food grade). I glue my joints then run a bead of silicone in the corners once it's assembled and the glue is dried. ...
  4. Thread: Dark Wax

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    Re: Dark Wax

    Judicious use of a heat gun and change the paper towel when the rate of wax flowing through it slows considerably.

    My son is 12 and a Boy Scout. He LOVES to use these as fire starters for the...
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    Re: Extractor and other equipment....

    I bought a used Dadant 18 frame radial and can't imagine extracting any other way. I don't know how old it is, but I'd bet it's at least 20. I don't know if they have changed any of the working...
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    Re: Corporate gift boxes

    My wife found some oval baskets at a dollar store and I put them in the baskets with red and green tissue paper. He was impressed!

    She went to a craft store- Michael's, and saw some nice...
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    Re: cold pails of honey

    That sounds good! I saw somebody warms their honey in a hot tub. Perfect temp @ 105 and it's also a way to write it off as a business expense ;)

    I have used my laundry sink since it's nice and...
  8. Thread: Dark Wax

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    Re: Dark Wax

    That could be! I have a solar melter and the wax that came out of there was a VERY nice color- and it was from the same source. Too bad my melter doesn't work well below 80 degrees. We are about...
  9. Thread: Dark Wax

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    Dark Wax

    I purchased the assets of a beekeeper when his widow wanted his beekeeping equipment out of her garage. Along with this equipment was 3 large Rubbermaid containers full of wax in varying states of...
  10. Thread: Raw Honey

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    Re: Raw Honey

    A friend of mine got sick of this question because people here think 'raw' means crystallized. Now he keeps a few bottles of 'spoon honey' and they are pleased as can be.
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    Re: Corporate gift boxes

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    Re: Way to prevent crystalized honey

    I heat my jars in an old refrigerator (freezer would be better) with light bulbs and a thermostat set at 100.

    Pails warm up nicely in a laundry tub with hot water, although I do like the thought...
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    Corporate gift boxes

    I have a friend who wants to buy honey and candles as gifts for his clients. He is a good friend, and a professionally presented product could mean more business in the future.

    What are you using...
  14. Thread: Labeling of Honey

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    Re: Labeling of Honey

    You never answered how the corn syrup got into the honey. Was this a blend or feeding corn syrup with supers on?
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    Re: Starting a Beekeeping Woodenware Business

    ^^

    Yup. Do some research, make a jig, and learn how to do finger joints. They are sturdier and longer lasting, plus they look classier too. Rabbetted corners don't look good when they start to...
  16. Thread: washing Jars

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    Re: washing Jars

    Are you a gambler Max?

    If I don't know for sure what's on the glass, and in order for me to be comfortable the fix (washing) is VERY cheap, I would do it. Can I say your bees will die if you...
  17. Re: I need ideas on setting up a bee yard (pics would be great too!)

    Here is my home yard currently. I plan on moving the hives on the right to a bee yard in spring, but like them at home for feeding and monitoring purposes. I have 3 other yards, and at each of...
  18. Thread: washing Jars

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    Re: washing Jars

    "Clean but not sterile" might be ok for canning (in water bath or pressure cooker) but it might NOT be ok for immediate use. Washing is cheap, replacing bees is expensive.
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    Re: Hogan handhold: revised and improved, pics

    My jig for the table saw is almost exactly the same as the Hogan jig, except it is set up to hold the box side, not the saw. One thing not mentioned is that you should also tilt the angle of the...
  20. Re: If you were to start all over again, knowing what you know now.....

    LOTS of people in our club had that problem this year, including me. The problem for me was that I had no drawn comb for the supers, and the bees saw no reason to go through the excluder. I had one...
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    Re: Melting beeswax -equipment question

    I obtained one of these from a widow selling her husband's beekeeping equipment:
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  22. Thread: shotgun hunting?

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    Re: shotgun hunting?

    I concur. I have shot with a smooth bore and bought a rifled barrel for my 12 ga. A WORLD of difference in the accuracy.

    When sighting in, make sure you concentrate and take your time. Ammo...
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    Re: Hi, new member from Wisconsin

    Howdy neighbor (almost).

    Here's the link to the Milwaukee Waukesha Beekeeper's Association: http://www.mwbeekeepers.org/

    That's where I plan on mining for tips from experienced local...
  24. Thread: Hi!

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    Re: Hi!

    Thanks for the welcome and the advice! I will probably not start this spring- too much on my plate and I don't want to rush into things and make big mistakes or spend money on things I don't need. ...
  25. Thread: Hi!

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    Hi!

    Had the bright idea that I'd like to start a hive.

    I've been reading Richard Bonney's 'Beekeeping- A Practical Guide', I've contacted one of the local beekeper's who's involved at the Beekeeper's...
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