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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    I shoot for 105F for the honey coming out of the heat exchanger. Too much lower and I am cutting wet wax. I also begin cutting at 1 inch and work my down to 7/8.
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    Re: Two way pallets

    The L125 are getting harder to find. New Holland quit making them in 2009 I think. The Bobcat S70 is similar.

    I had my eye on a Bobcat S150 for very little more than L125 (both new) but just...
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    Re: Two way pallets

    To answer some of the questions above.

    Like most questions in beekeeping there is no perfect answer. You look at what people around you are doing and go with the choice which hopefully has the...
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    Re: Two way pallets

    A New Holland L125. Very small little skid steer - 16.5 hp diesel engine. Lift is great though. Will lift full barrels of honey onto a semi trailer no problem.

    Loading onto the trailers is usually...
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    Re: Canola Flow in Dakotas?

    I may be wrong here but I don't think this comment was meant to be taken at face value. Perhaps needs a smiley of sorts was needed. I could be wrong its early. :lpf:
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    Re: Chalk Brood

    Is there a correlation between queens from certain supplier and chalkbrood?

    I used to have major chalkbrood problems in spring when I used NZ queens. Most years I see almost none now. This year I...
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    Re: Two way pallets

    Not sure why you are not seeing the picture. Thumbnail shows when I log in. Let me know if you still can't see them.

    Here is a pic of the pallet.

    The second pic shows a screw sticking out about...
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    Re: Two way pallets

    I use two way pallets with bottom boards for most of my hives. The hives are situated back to back. I like having a foot or two between the hives for taking off honey. I have used pallets with...
  9. Re: How many frames of bees before newspaper combine is needed?

    I don't know if there is an formula answer to the questions. I do know in spring, with young bees in the hive and a flow happening there really is no limit to what you can transfer from hive to hive....
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    Re: Honey house questions

    Have used a couple and have settled on sealer from Menards. Cost me about $50 a year for the 2000+ square feet for the hot room and extracting room.

    Prep work would be similar to what Harry...
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    Re: Honey house questions

    I don't use a sump at all. Pull the honey back from the extractor with cowen wax collection auger, mix it with the wax from the uncapper and then pump it to the heat exchanger with C&B progressive...
  12. Re: Does venom immunotherapy (VIT) work? (I need real world advice)

    Venom immunotherapy has worked well for me.

    I had a severe anaphylactic reaction at age 10. Unconscious in about 10 minutes and rush to the hospital.

    Began desensitization treatments program...
  13. Re: Questions for the Canuck prairie / peace river folks

    To give you another perspective, I would only buy plastic frames as a last resort. I don't like flimsy they are when working with them in the brood chamber or the extracting line. Personally I...
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    Re: Solar fence sharger for bears

    From someone who has about 20 Parmak 12's and likes how they perform, let me rephrase your quote:
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    Re: US sugar prices

    Sugar hasn't had a bad trend line if you look at the 1o year trend using Ian's link. A halving of the price from the peak hurts. Down always hurts. But still looks like a great overall trend. No idea...
  16. Re: Solar charger recommendation for a 10'x12' bee yard

    This fencer is rated for "small and exotic livestock, as well as pets" not bears.

    Spend the extra money and get something like the Solar Parmak 12. You won't be sorry.
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    Re: Solar fence sharger for bears

    I have both integrated units and units with separate parts. The fence chargers are parmaks in both cases but for the unit with separate parts I don't have parmak panels.

    For the separate unit I do...
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    Re: Solar fence sharger for bears

    Parmack 12 is an excellent fencer for a bear fence. Parmack 6 are undersized and are more likely to fail to keep a bear out.

    A 5 watt solar panel is adequate for keeping the battery charged unless...
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    Springs are so varied. Willow and poplar pollen usually the last 2 weeks in April. Dandelions for most of May. This year willow will be later but to early to tell for dandelion. Couple of warm weeks...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    And that's all that's happening. There's no honey in that equation.
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    Well JT didn't feel like messing with the bees during winter either. Finally moved my bees out last Thursday and Friday nights and looked at them today. Some of them had no capped brood and some had...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Jean-Marc
    I agree many of the beekeepers who prefer the current state of affair would make use of packages from the US if bees were needed (myself included). Economics dictate one needs to operate...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Best line to come out of this dog chase tail discussion. Always saw you as a glass half full kind of guy.:D
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    Re: U.S./Canadian honeybee open border issues

    >>Fumigillan? $3.50 possibly treating fall and spring.

    Still would require a spring treatment with packages.

    >>Oxalic Acid is darn near free, same with Oxytet. But I do use honey bee healthy so...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    I don't mind things the way they are. Law of unintended consequences could be painful. Many unknowns and who knows how things would end up. Operations could expand very quickly with cheap packages.
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