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  1. Thread: Cleats vs Handolds

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    Re: Cleats vs Handolds

    I've never used cleats. I always pick up boxes from the sides to prevent the combs from swinging into one another, especially brood combs. I can see some benefit but I think I'll continue on without...
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    I prefer wooden frames with coated plasticell foundation. Pure beeswax foundation is fine too with proper support in a wooden frame. Once it's drawn out, the foundation becomes irrelevant IMO....
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    Re: Mike Palmer nuc versus 5 or 4 frame nucs

    I think it's mostly a matter of personal preference. Michael has stated himself that the principle of what he's doing is more important than the exact equipment set up. I prefer standard 5 frame nucs...
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    Re: Lighting a smoker with wood pellets

    Thanks for the video, Jim. I discovered wood pellets last year and they work great in my smoker. I bought a 40 lb. bag for $3.00. I use a combination of burlap and pine shavings (small animal...
  5. Thread: Bartering honey

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    Re: Bartering honey

    I recently swapped used package bee cages for honey. He got the cages for cheap and I can sell the honey for more than the cages were worth in cash. We both got a good deal!
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    Larry Connor addresses this topic in his October ABJ column beginning on page 1083. According to him, queens fly much farther to mate than drones from the same colonies.
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    Re: honey bees and sweet clover?

    Sweet Clover is a major source of nectar here in mid-Missouri. Unfortunately the Dept. of Conservation considers it invasive since it's non-native and they would like to see it eradicated.
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    Re: Cleaning out wet supers.

    I set wet supers out for the bees to clean but I stack them about 100 yards from my hives to reduce the chances they will start robbing from each other. I stack them about 8 or 10 high and in a...
  9. Re: Anyone used the Dadant uncapping tank as a liquifier?

    Yes, I have this tank with the liquifying grid and heater. It works good and will liquify 3 buckets in just a few hours. It does generate a lot of steam though, especially in winter when temps are...
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    Re: Flies in the Honey House

    This is the zapper that I use...it has black light bulbs to attract bugs. It works especially well at night with no other lights on.
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    Re: hilbilly warmer

    I agree that a hot box is the way to go. I have a liquifying tank and it's faster, but it's messy, generates a lot of steam and I have to baby sit it for several hours. I use a refrigerator similar...
  12. Thread: Stacking Buckets

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    Re: Stacking Buckets

    "Safely in what sense? Falling over or structural integrity."
    I'm mostly looking at structural integrity so the lids won't collapse under the weight. These are high grade buckets and the bottoms...
  13. Thread: Stacking Buckets

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    Re: Stacking Buckets

    Thanks for the feedback... I've got them stacked 3 high now. I would like to go 4 high so it sounds like I should be okay doing that.
  14. Thread: Stacking Buckets

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    Re: Stacking Buckets

    New sealed lids.
  15. Thread: Stacking Buckets

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    Stacking Buckets

    How high can 5 gallon buckets of honey be stacked safely? The key word here is 'safely' so I don't have to learn by cleaning up a big mess! I'm using standard food grade Paragon brand buckets.
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    Re: Looking at Dadant extractor

    Yeah you're right, those motors aren't cheap. They gave me a price but I don't recall what it was...I suspect your numbers are not too far off.
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    Re: Looking at Dadant extractor

    I think mine has the same motor you described if I'm understanding you correctly and I bought it new in 1989. So they upgraded sometime after that, not sure what year. I edited my original post...
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    Re: Removing Moisture From Honey Before Extracting

    I extracted all the honey I had pulled and it was at about 17%. I didn't have as much wet honey as I originally thought. Pulling about 60 more supers again this weekend.
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    Re: Mann Lake 18/9 vs Maxant 20/10 Extractor

    If I was choosing between these two extractors I would choose the Maxant. It's a lot better quality and well worth the extra cost in the long run. However, if I was considering an 18 or 20 frame...
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    Re: Removing Moisture From Honey Before Extracting

    Most of my honey is capped, 90%+. I routinely spot check samples from several supers with a refractometer because I've learned from experience that moisture content can vary greatly depending on the...
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    Re: Removing Moisture From Honey Before Extracting

    Victor, the honey I tested was capped and it was wet. I've pulled moisture through cappings with a dehumidifier before and I've also had honey absorb moisture through cappings. I know it seems like...
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    Removing Moisture From Honey Before Extracting

    I'm pulling honey right now and the moisture is running high. I'm not surprised and this is not unusual in my area. I'm doing the same thing I've done for years...stack supers criss-cross so air can...
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    Re: Gallon Glass Jar With Standard Mason Lid?

    Yeah, I was afraid that was the case so I'll take care of the one's I have and use 5 lb. honey jars for the rest. They are 2/3 larger than a quart but I like the gallon capacity. I also prefer them...
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    Gallon Glass Jar With Standard Mason Lid?

    Do they even make these anymore? If so, who sells them? I have several I picked up somewhere years ago but I don't see any out there today. Of course the wide-mouth are common, but the standard mason...
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    Re: Change to Kelley Ownership

    I always admired Walter Kelley's entrepreneurial spirit. When he started, back in the day, there wasn't a wide selection of equipment available. When he saw a need for something beekeepers could use...
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