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  1. Re: What would a large operation need for extraction?

    For 4000 supers you're probably looking at 1000 hives, ballpark. Don't forget in an operation that size you're also looking at handling and processing cappings.

    And there's no way that I would...
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    Re: Maxant Junior Cappings Spinner

    Thanks, Maxant. I was pretty sure you'd chime in here and I appreciate it. I'll feel around for the thumbscrew tonight after work.

    I've got to say, the quality of the equipment is top notch. ...
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    Re: Weird Ebay Seller - Anybody Else Noticed?

    Wow. Maybe a little "cyber-bullying" going on there?

    At any rate, I'm not trying to offend anybody here or keep someone from "making a buck". But WE, and I mean WE beekeepers with a little...
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    Re: Weird Ebay Seller - Anybody Else Noticed?

    Just trying to do my part and give folks a heads up about this. That's all.
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    Maxant Junior Cappings Spinner

    Just added one of these to my extracting operation this year. I have to say, for the most part I love it. Cappings have a LOT less honey in them, it runs nice and quiet. I uncap directly into it,...
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    Re: Weird Ebay Seller - Anybody Else Noticed?

    I'm not sure they're doing anything illegal... but I sure wouldn't buy from anyone who a) doesn't have any user feedback; b) totally butchers the english language; c) is selling half-baked crap that...
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    Re: Hive weight Ohio

    How's your weight now? I noticed when you started this thread, it was August. I'd guess most of my hives with supers pulled off were around 90 pounds at that time. Some were a little less (I run...
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    Weird Ebay Seller - Anybody Else Noticed?

    I get e-mail notifications on a search from ebay everyday, so I guess I just notice this stuff. But there's some seller from Ithica, NY that seems to be posting a lot of so-called beekeeping...
  9. Re: How To Disolve Beeswax Off of Concrete Floor

    Well, I probably should have taken pictures before and after, but I didn't. I did, however, want to get back on here and let you all know what happened. I know some of you have long since passed...
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    Re: To smoke or not

    Actually, I don't use any products that are perfumed. Partly because I'm a deer hunter and I just avoid scented things. Partly also because some perfumes are a trigger for my migraines. And I...
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    Re: Honey Bound??? honeybound

    More of a problem going INTO winter. The queen needs room to raise that brood that's going to survive the winter. No room to lay, no room to raise brood for the winter. Not enough bees to...
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    Re: honey harvesting

    If the bees have capped the honey, you shouldn't have a problem with high moisture. That being said, if you're going to show your honey and want to make sure you won't have any deductions from...
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    Re: To smoke or not

    If smoking your bees is causing more problems than it is helping you, there may be a need to re-assess your method of smoking. Are you using fuel that is offensive to your bees? Are you pumping up...
  14. Re: How To Disolve Beeswax Off of Concrete Floor

    :D Yup, you did!
  15. Re: How To Disolve Beeswax Off of Concrete Floor

    When I googled "how to remove wax from concrete", I got a hit on mineral spirits. But I was discounting it because the hit revealed it was used with parafin, a petroleum based wax. I wasn't sure...
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    Re: I may be panicking about this, but...

    I'm gonna say either your queen has stopped laying or your hive is queenless. This time of year I would guess your queen has stopped laying. Looks like larva around the edges of the brood.

    As...
  17. Re: How To Disolve Beeswax Off of Concrete Floor

    Ok... Had to look that one up. Saponify, basically turn it to soap. And then scrubbing with the acid brush will release it so I can rinse it away?

    Again, where do you buy lye?
  18. Re: How To Disolve Beeswax Off of Concrete Floor

    TSP? And does it just turn it yellow or disolve it?

    I'm also curious about lye, but I'm not sure where to get that and if it will damage the concrete....
  19. Re: How To Disolve Beeswax Off of Concrete Floor

    Unfortunately, it gets really warm in the honey house and the bits of wax have partly melted on the floor. So I don't think the freezing technique would work.

    I used the muratic acid as specified...
  20. Re: How To Disolve Beeswax Off of Concrete Floor

    Well.... Looks like I finally found a use for this emoticon:

    :ws

    Seriously, tho. If there's some way to salvage the floor, I'd like to know. There's two years worth of spots here and there...
  21. How To Disolve Beeswax Off of Concrete Floor

    I'm going to epoxy paint my honey house floor, something I should have done before now. :doh: I just got done etching the concrete, but that didn't remove some of the wax spots. I'm concerned that...
  22. Thread: Bee Van?

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    Re: Bee Van?

    I guess if you don't mind free flying bees while you drive...
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    When I teach this segment at our beginning...

    When I teach this segment at our beginning beekeepers school, the first part I like to talk about is the beekeeper's equipment.

    The first thing that every beekeeper needs is a decent veil. You...
  24. Thanks. I figured that light syrup would be...

    Thanks. I figured that light syrup would be better if I was starting packages on new foundation. My thought is that the light syrup would be taken up faster and wax production stimulated more. ...
  25. Corn Syrup Feeding in Spring - Full Strength?

    Ok, so I probably should know the answer to this question, but I don't. And I can't seem to find the answer quickly with searching. So forgive me, but I'd like to know:

    If you feed HFCS in the...
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