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    Re: Wax Pouring Pitchers

    A lot of old coffee pots are aluminum, which I have heard will discolor the wax. Is this true?
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    Wax Pouring Pitchers

    Posted this on another forum, but thought I would repeat it here since I know at least one of you (berkshirebee...!) uses metal multi-cavity taper molds!

    One of my Christmas gifts this year was a...
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    Re: Re-using Lip Balm Tubes

    No, just for personal and family use. Would not sell used tubes for exactly the reasons you specified - excellent point. Even so, a quick soak in dilute chlorine and then rewash in near-boiling...
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    Re: Re-using Lip Balm Tubes

    That just might work. A double boiler melted the balm originally, so it should melt it again. And if it damages the tubes... well, I'm no worse off than I was before! Thanks!
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    Re-using Lip Balm Tubes

    Does anyone have any pointers on how to clean up used lip balm tubes to re-fill? Get that last bit at the bottom out and get them clean again?

    Thanks.
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    Re: What is the last movie that you've seen?

    Just saw "The Happening." There were a few gross scenes (I didn't look), but quite an interesting premise.
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    Re: The Valley of Doom

    Yes, but look! It's a DRY heat! :D :D
  8. Thread: Baby Bob

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    Re: Baby Bob

    Adorable! If you want to tug your Mom's heartstrings even more, show her this video about people who raised a lion cub:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDZaWgf_bk0
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    Re: sieve for wax in a solar-wax melter?

    Another local beekeeper uses pieces of (clean) old T-shirts or sweatshirts. I don't have that many old shirts, so I use paper towels... the heavy shop kind. (Not sure why - I should try cheap paper...
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    Re: Groundhogs and Beehives

    Be prepared for a good long drive. I had seven baby chucks (and Momma) living under the porch. Set a trap, caught a young one, drove it 2 miles away and across a highway to the state gamelands. ...
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    Re: Groundhogs and Beehives

    I've never had groundhogs mess with a hive. Frames left out to be cleaned, and forgotten overnight, have been damaged, but I suspect that was raccoons or skunks.

    As for dispatching the chucks......
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    Re: Please Post Your Bloom Dates!

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    For what it's worth, direct entry on the web page did not work for me. Some "error on line 1"
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    Re: Young Black Locust

    I did. Had an old rotten/hollow one cut down. Then I went away on vacation for two weeks. When I got back, there were 200 baby black locust trees all over the yard. I could not stop them from...
  14. Thread: 2nd time newbee

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    Re: 2nd time newbee

    No doubt! But what hasn't changed is that it is still fascinating and fun, and the honey tastes great. Welcome back!
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    Re: Simple extraction method?

    Warning: If you use tecumseh's "double boiler" method, be advised that you may well ruin the inner pot with the wax. Don't use the wife's best pans. And you should use glass or SS, not aluminum.
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    Put a leafy branch in front of the hive entrqance...

    Put a leafy branch in front of the hive entrqance at the new location. This is said to cause the bees to reorient to the new location. A box to catch the lost souls at the old location is still a...
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    From oldbee's post, I'd say the flowers indicate...

    From oldbee's post, I'd say the flowers indicate sumac.

    They say you can make a sumac ice tea (NOT with poison sumac)... supposedly tangy, like tea with lemon... so I would assume the honey to be...
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    From oldbee's post, I'd say the flowers indicate...

    From oldbee's post, I'd say the flowers indicate sumac.

    They say you can make a sumac ice tea (NOT with poison sumac)... supposedly tangy, like tea with lemon... so I would assume the honey to be...
  19. Thread: The Sting

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    It's all about what you are comfortable with. ...

    It's all about what you are comfortable with. Some are comfortable gloveless. I, personally, am not. I think my elevated anxiety would end up making things worse. I may change my mind as I gain...
  20. Thread: The Sting

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    For stings, the first thing to do is to scrape...

    For stings, the first thing to do is to scrape the stinger out with your hive tool or fingernail. If you grab it and pull, you will just squeeze all the venom into you.

    If you have the weed...
  21. Thread: Spiders

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    It will be back! Make you wonder though... would...

    It will be back! Make you wonder though... would a small spider trap varroa mites? Unfortunately, the two would probably never cross paths.
  22. Thread: Landing board

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    They are perhaps useful but not necessary. Hives...

    They are perhaps useful but not necessary. Hives with top entrances do not have them. Most bottom boards have a little "landing zone" but it is the stand that has the angled front.
  23. Thread: Spiders

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    Some eat them. Sounds like yours might be a bit...

    Some eat them. Sounds like yours might be a bit small, though. I had a lovely garden spider ( http://www.pbase.com/rcm1840/image/48116303 )... which are about 2-1/2" long including legs... weave a...
  24. What you can't see in the photos is the carpenter...

    What you can't see in the photos is the carpenter ant tunnels...
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    Ah, heck just don't super until the privet is...

    Ah, heck just don't super until the privet is past. Leave it for their stores. They seem so happy!
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