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  1. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    Not worried at all. My hives have cheap thermometers with 8" rigid probes that I stick into 1/8" holes on the sides of the lower deep (near the top); I don't really care what the temperature is...
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    Re: For the stylish beekeeper...

    When Martha starts selling bee kits I'm sure that the hive tool will come in a variety of tasteful colors to match the patio furniture.
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    Re: Foundation question?????

    I've done it and it works well. To attach it to the top bar just use a cheap 1" paint brush and melted beeswax.
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    Re: Insulated top cover- plans

    My ultra-simplistic top cover insulation is just a piece of 1" rigid foam placed on TOP of the hive cover and gets held down by two bricks. Works just fine; it's not necessary to put insulation...
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    Re: 1st OAV attempt update

    Jay- Can I ask what you did in your OA treatment? I use a commercial vaporizer and an electronic power supply; the vaporization time is only 10 seconds with around 15 minutes before the hive is...
  6. Thread: BTU's of honey

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    Re: BTU's of honey

    All I wanted was a honey BTU rating to compare with a 10 watt/hr heater. That's all. Many of the responders failed to notice that the Wiki data was in KiloCalories and KiloJoules, ie: 100 grams of...
  7. Thread: BTU's of honey

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    Re: BTU's of honey

    This has gone on way too far.

    With honey 100 grams=1271 KJ or 305K calories. Thence 1 pound of honey equals 1205.6 BTU This has certainly become a contest of engineering skills and that was not...
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    Re: BTU's of honey

    Looks like I stirred up a bees nest of mechanical engineers! I'm just an EE here. My purpose here can be made quite complex but it's all about using a theoretical 100% efficient 10 watt heater in...
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    BTU's of honey

    I had the figure once before but lost it; what is the BTU rating of common honey?
  10. Re: Electrical help: Using car battery charger as power supply for OAV.

    If you know someone with some electrical/electronic knowledge, they can direct you to buying a 12v transformer. Transformers are cheap and the vaporizer doesn't care if it sees DC or the AC from a...
  11. Thread: Top insulation?

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    Re: Top insulation?

    Even a small opening will provide ventilation; a piece of foam insulation covering the top to the hive, inside or outside, will be a great help in maintaining the heat of the hive. My hives have a...
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    Re: Smoker Frustration!

    Walter Kelley smoker here for no particular reason. It's been working fine for years but I'm only working three hives.
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    Re: How to leave more honey for the Winter?

    sqkcrk has some good points- remove the top two supers for extraction, and probably the bottom medium. If you can get a mirror under the bottom medium, you will probably see that there are no bees...
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    Re: My head is spinning

    You would probably be better off starting with foundation- maybe a 10-pack of of sheets for your deeps and another 20 for your supers. This way the bees get off to a nice start. Every other frame...
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    Re: Neighbor complaint

    I can only suggest that if the bees are enjoying the neighbors sugar water, perhaps you should be feeding sugar water (or honey) to your hives from inside the hive or a closer feeder point. As...
  16. Thread: Wax Moths

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    Re: Wax Moths

    Any good garden center carries BT. I've used it directly on bee-covered frames and on frames stored for the winter in my attic. it's harmless stuff except to moths.
  17. Thread: sad day

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    Re: sad day

    I managed to over-winter a weak 8 frame deep by surrounding it with 1' rigid foam insulation and a hive heater (Ebay #380944580269). The heater was taped to the inside of the bottom board and powered...
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    Re: Combining Hives Sets Off WWIII

    Was there any brood at all in the weaker hive?? Even just a few cells?
  19. Thread: 2-1 Sugar Syrup

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    Re: 2-1 Sugar Syrup

    Is it REALLY that important to get the mixture exact? I doubt the bees care as long as they can take it in. I simply put ballpark amounts of sugar and hot water into a bucket, stir, let settle,...
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    I use a 1/8" thick sheet of packing foam cut to the size of the syrup dish, and with many open cut-out slits. The bees feed through the slits and the foam sheet always floats on top of the syrup. ...
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    Re: Weak colonies died out

    There doesn't appear to be any stores or brood in your photos; there was no reason for the bees to stay around. Your country can be extremely dry and probably offer little pollen or nectar for...
  22. Re: OA vaporizer - dedicated battery or the one in the truck?

    I've been using a ham radio power supply; I need only to bring 115v to the hives and the supply does the rest. Radio Shack almost certainly has these power supplies. Another option is a plain ol'...
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    Re: Feeding with hive top feeders

    If you have an opening at the top of the hive it will greatly add to the risk of robbing.
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    Re: how many Bee's do you need?

    What kind of woodwork are you using? How many frames are filled and what are they filled with? I would expect a June 15 package start would have pretty much filled two deeps by now.
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    Re: Frames with more than 18.6% moisture

    A simple solution is to go ahead and extract the 18.6% honey; there's nothing wrong with it. It shouldn't ferment with that level of water but if you are concerned, you can put it in a plastic...
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