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    Re: Is this Deformed Wing Virus?

    Isn't she too hairy to be a queen!
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    Re: bleaching beeswax?

    Within the last few months I came across a you tube video where apparently keeping the beeswax in a liquid state in a solar melter was key to the beekeeper "bleaching" his wax by sunlight. Looked...
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    Re: So now I am allergic to Honeybees.....

    I believe apitherapists do this very thing and you may wish to consult one. If I remember correctly, it is fairly easy but does require extreme caution and following set procedures and that it does...
  4. How often do honey bees leave and return to the hive each day?

    I know the foragers come and go multiple times each day and I was wondering about how many trips they make per day.

    How often do the non-foraging bees leave and return to the hive in...
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    Re: Getting Private Messages

    I have noticed a spam message at the top regarding messages also. Ignore that! No need to download anything.
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    Re: Outdoor chest freezer?

    I guess I would be looking to tent it somehow. People make hoop greenhouses all the time. Maybe cover it like that using a 2x4 base and leave the sides open and room above to open it. You wouldn't...
  7. Re: Thoughts and views of plastic vs. metal excluders.

    No sir! Together with the bolt and thin strip of wood, you would make it be enough space! It is within the ability of the beekeeper to fashion what will work to provide passage. I should not have...
  8. Re: Thoughts and views of plastic vs. metal excluders.

    It seems to me that maybe a thin strip of wood or popsicle stick attached to the bottom of an excluder with a few strategically placed nuts and bolts (or clips) would help lift the sag out of them. ...
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    Re: Who Is Using Small Cell Size?

    Interesting thread. I have questions/comments:

    1. Won't a new package put on existing drawn out small cell be ok as the queen is still the same size and can lay eggs in even the small cell? ...
  10. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    Plan to try to get a daughter that is losing her fear of honey bees and shows some interest to join us for a short hive inspection. Hope the WOW factor reels her in.

    Plan to increase number of...
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    Re: Say hi to our new friend...

    You could name it "Barb" if female or "Harry" if its a male ! :lpf:
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    Re: Standard tea light size

    There are plastic cups and aluminum cups. I avoid the plastic ones as they can melt due to the high temperature when beeswax burns. Although the plastic cups are only supposed to be used in open...
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    Re: Flickering and wick issues

    Wicks are recommended to be at 1/4" no shorter.
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    Re: Flickering and wick issues

    And both are fun! Flickering also occurs with drafts or from a wick that is too long. So, was your flame pointed? The flames can get quite long and pointed and tend to give off smoke then.
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    Re: Flickering and wick issues

    Ollie,

    Your jars are on the thin side and I am not sure how much heat they can take. I have made candles in canning jars (they can take heat) and I had problems figuring out wicks that would...
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    Re: Flickering and wick issues

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    Double? You mean you put two wicks in?? I would personally not use a glass jar that does not have straightish sides. Your jar gets narrower at the top. Sometimes a...
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    Re: Flickering and wick issues

    Edit (which I could not do to my post for some reason): I meant to say there was a stub (not stuff) left after burning the birthday candle.

    Also, I use 2/0 braided for votives.
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    Re: Flickering and wick issues

    Stuart,

    Look at the flame itself. Is it quite pointed at the top instead of a gentle roundish top? If it is pointy, then your wick is too long! Trim to 1/4 inch and relight the wick if this is...
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    Re: Spring is here !

    Brian feels it is easier to garden in the north. He didn't say you could garden year 'round, but that conditions seem to be more favorable when gardening.

    That being said, I consider that a...
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    Re: My neighbour's bees have it in for me...

    I like the calm and peaceful nature you are showing.

    There is a good chance that you have an equally calm and peaceful beekeeping neighbor who will work to eliminate the problem once you speak...
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    Re: Pillar candles cracking

    Different molds may require different wax temperatures for pouring. If your candle has horizontal lines on the side, then the wax was not hot enough or the mold was not pre-warmed (not that molds...
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    Re: Pillar candles cracking

    Yes, cooling too fast. Try covering the mold with a canning ring and lid or something to keep it warmer longer. What temperature are you pouring at? Room temperature also makes a difference. Are...
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    Re: What to do with all the honey?

    If you think of your honey as only being used on biscuits, then you probably will think you will have too much honey. The reality is once you start implementing using honey in place of white sugar,...
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    Re: SEASONS GREETINGS

    Merry Christmas, Everyone! Happy Birthday, Jesus!


    Glock, that is super sweet ;) pun intended
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    Re: 6" or 5" tapers

    I don't really see any bumps at the base of the candle (side or bottom?).

    If you are going to make a lot of tapers, you could/should get a bottom finisher that Betterbee sells. It finishes up...
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