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    Re: Storage of capped honey

    freeze them to kill the wax moth then put in polystyrene boxes. They are insulated and seal tight. Geoff
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    Re: Another hand truck/lift design

    Looks great. Double wheels a good idea. Two suggestions If used outside, have I have much larger wheels. good for sand and rougher ground. Extend the front forks/plate so you don't need the...
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    Re: night time bearding

    You have screened bottom boards which is great. What have you got at the top to let the hot air out. I use a screen across the top of my hives, and an opening 200 mm x 20 mm in the lids. The...
  4. Thread: white in comb

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    Re: white in comb

    Is it chalk brood. I have never tasted chalk brood so I don't know if it is sweet. (I'm not so brave). Geoff
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    Re: Pollen versus Nectar?

    If you have combs with mostly pollen, I suggest you put a couple in the freezer for each hive (if practical) for next spring so the bees can get an early start. If there is pollen , there must be...
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    Re: To bee or to pack honey

    My thoughts is that it is more profitable marketing than producing
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    Re: Insulated top cover- plans

    I use polystyrene colourbond sandwich as lids ; as in cool room material. mine has all been scrap and cost very little.
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    Re: Small cut comb containers

    I use 500ml takeaway (to go)containers. the depth is right and present very well for the cost.
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    Re: Wall thickness question

    The key is "what is the R value of the timber". From an insulation point of I don't think teh 3/8 or 1/2 " would make a difference. I think the structural strength of the hive and standardization...
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    Re: Would you use used drawn out frames?

    would agree with gmcharlie
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    Re: Am I on the right track?

    Welcome to the bee world. It might pay to do a reality check before you go any further. Beekeeping can be very addictive.
    Should you continue ( I hope you do) strongly suggest going for 8 frame...
  12. Re: Which is the maximum production per hive with a single queen ?

    One of the positives of being in Western Australia is the yield that can be achieved. The world record for honey production is 348 kg in 1954. That was over 100 hives with no special boosting. ...
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    Re: Should I reverse the brood boxes?

    Do you have a queen excluder???
  14. Thread: Honey "Fridge"

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    Re: Honey "Fridge"

    I agree with Barry.
    When honey is frozen, the molecules cannot move, hence cannot crystallize. Honey is supposed to cream best between 10 & 15 degrees C and under that is harder to crystalise as...
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    Re: Storing Honey Frames

    A good idea to freeze for a day to kill any wax moth. I use polystyrene boxes from the vegie shops to store the frames. Insulated and a firm seal.
  16. Re: need help setting up a observation hive for a two day show

    Don't like to admit it really, but I have had bees in an observation hive for two weeks.

    I do provide water. Have router-ed a bit of a well in the bottom of the hive near the end and put a sponge...
  17. Thread: Honey "Fridge"

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    Re: Honey "Fridge"

    I use an old 400 liter "all in one" freezer laid on it back (no shelves). I have three light bulbs in it. one on one switch, two in the other switch. I can have 1,2,or 3 globes running. I also...
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    Re: Wintering and ventilation

    I have two 12cm x 6cm screens in my base boards. Not much bearding in the summer and for the last two winters the bees have not sealed up the vents. I use stainless steal security mesh for...
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    Re: Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    Yes, all the design work is there and is more than capable but for some reason its the software or bad wiring fails to do "everything that I tell it to do". Does anyone have a solution?
  20. Thread: Honey Tasting

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    Re: Honey Tasting

    No, the paddock here has much greener grass. You just have patches that are greener. Our paddock has no verroa mites, no hive beetle, very little American foul brood, No snow, a bit short of rain...
  21. Thread: Honey Tasting

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    Re: Honey Tasting

    I like the price. I pay about 2 cents each for a larger teaspoon. Its the best price I can get. Overall your prices are only something we can dream about in Australia. I don't mind using the...
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    Re: Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    No, it is not that one. more like item 762. Is flat with a scrapper/pry at one end and a J for hooking up frames. cheers
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    Re: Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    Kpeacock, glad to share. Mine is 2 mm or 1/16 of an inch thick. It also has a bit of spring in it. My brother gave me one that he had years ago, it may be twice as thick and no spring. It seems...
  24. Thread: Honey Tasting

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    Re: Honey Tasting

    Suggest you use plastic spoons rather than wooden pop sticks. The wood affects the flavour of the honey ( has a wood taste, surprise, surprise).
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    Re: Bees eating honey

    if they were "YOUR" bees, you haven't lost anything. Most likely you've just boosted your neighbors yield. It happens
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