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    Re: Best bang for the buck?

    I, and some of my customers, like the 1 lb inverted bottles. Yes, they are plastic, but they are easy for the customers to use.

    Tom
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    Re: Do bees like Clematis

    I have sweet autumn and the bees work it pretty strong in the mornings.

    Tom
  3. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    I too find smoker from wood pellets harder to tolerate. I like the way they burn for a long time.

    I have been collecting pine needles from a neighbors yard.

    Tom
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    Re: solvent to clean beeswax

    Are you sure it is wax and not propolis? Both get quite brittle when frozen and are easy to scrape off. I have done this in mid-winter with my hive tools. I'm sure a little time in the freezer...
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    Re: Idea to make splits / nucs

    What you have described can certainly be used to make nucs.

    There is a very good chance the bees will fill part or all of the groove with propolis if it left empty.

    You will need to either give...
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    Re: Best Frame for Comb Honey?

    You can use that top bar for any size frame. I just chose medium frames because that is what I use. If you search Kelley's site for foundation they have thin wax with no wires. You could use comb...
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    Re: Best Frame for Comb Honey?

    Kelley still has the N-style top bars with the slot in the top: https://www.kelleybees.com/Shop/37/Hives-Components/Frames/4426/Unassembled-Medium-Frames Just choose the N-style frame.

    Tom
  8. Thread: Acres per hive

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    Re: Acres per hive

    A mix of clovers that bloom at different times of the year can add foraging plants for yor bees. Not all clover species are utilized by honeybees. You may also want to add some trees and bushes...
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    Re: WOW--Fast Blooming Buckwheat

    Here is a source for rare varieties of buckwheat seed: http://sustainableseedco.com/_search.php?page=1&q=tokyo+buckwheat&x=0&y=0

    I have not bought buckwheat seed from them.

    Tom
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    Re: How much to pay for an old Root extractor

    My local bee club had an old three frame AI Root extractor donated to it. It was used a club extractor for several years. The club sold it for $100 to a club member after replacing it.

    Tom
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    Re: Cardboard Fume Boards??

    That is what I use. When I get around to making a wind box as described by Jim Lyon I will retire my cardboard fume board.

    Tom
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    Re: Frame spacing tool question

    Some people trim the sidebars on their frames so they are narrower and will fit and extra frame in a box.

    I have used 7 frames in an 8 frame super and it works great on a strong flow. Combs are...
  13. Thread: Jars

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    Re: Jars

    These folks will sell any number of containers you want. They will work to make shipping as low as possible too!

    http://www.simpsonsbeesupply.com/

    Tom
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    Re: OAV vs Dribble? Whats your choice?

    Dribble for me. Quick, easy and one treatment.

    Tom
  15. Thread: Paw paw mead

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    Re: Paw paw mead

    The biggest barrier to starting Paw paw trees from seed is letting the seed dry out. Seed should be planted right away.

    Tom
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    Re: O Rings for honey gates

    You might try calling Kelley. They mention them on their website but don't have them listed as a separate item:...
  17. Thread: Beeswax Alchemy?

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    Beeswax Alchemy?

    Does anyone have the book 'Beeswax Alchemy'? What did you think about?

    Tom
  18. Re: Too late to start new nucs to overwinter in VT?

    I am tending to make up stronger nucs all the time. They take less work overall. I find it easier to deal with too many bees than not enough. Starting with a queen is even better.

    The first...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    Any update?

    Tom
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    Re: Molasses-like honey from what?

    Time will darken honey. While goldenrod honey is darker than light honey it is not dark compared to buckwheat honey. Goldenrod does not taste like molasses. Buckwheat honey can easily be described...
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    Re: Overwintering with Pop-up greenhouse?

    Make sure your hives are strong, mite free and have plenty of stores going into winter. That is all you need to. Compared to other places where honey bees are overwintered outside your conditions...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    The thing that will cause this person the most problems is the illegal application of an insecticide.

    Tom
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    Re: Russians and hotheadedness

    I too once HAD russian bees. What you are seeing is something you will have with higher than normal regularity with russian bees. The claimed benefits don't outweigh the real downsides.

    You can...
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    Re: Double nuc, what am I missing?

    It is very easy to over-think these things, I have plenty of experience! Keep it simple. Don't add things the bees don't really need. Follow Michael Palmers plan and you should do just fine. As...
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    Re: Will GMO crops affect bees

    This is always one of those hot button topics that often quickly evolves into a useless thread, that has not happened with this thread.

    How many GMO crops are actually utilized, to any...
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