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    Hi Guys, Is this neat or what? I've used a...

    Hi Guys,

    Is this neat or what? I've used a plex cover to watch the fumes. I've inserted a thermocouple to determine how the heat affects a hive. But I've never watched the process in the...
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    Hi Guys, I was inspecting my top bar hives and...

    Hi Guys,

    I was inspecting my top bar hives and found the smallest honeybee I've ever seen. It's even smaller than the very small spring bees sometimes seen in the spring. I've got a few photos at:...
  3. Thread: VAPORISER

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    An interesting post, on another thread, descibed...

    An interesting post, on another thread, descibed a device that uses a halogen auto bulb for heat. Most of those have a larger diameter than my entrance, but other halogen bulbs might be very...
  4. Thread: VAPORISER

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    HI Guys, Most of these cartridge type headers...

    HI Guys,

    Most of these cartridge type headers use resistance to create heat. So they are really not as voltage constrained as they seem. Most have a maximum voltage and a minimum wattage. As long...
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    Hi Guys, I've just finished analyzing comb...

    Hi Guys,

    I've just finished analyzing comb from Barry's top bar hive. His hive is much deeper and has a larger volume than either David's or mine. Some interesting observations are apparent.
    ...
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    Hi Guys, I've just finished measuring comb...

    Hi Guys,

    I've just finished measuring comb from Barry's top bar hive which had fully regressed Lusbees in it. It had the same broodnest structuce, tapered cell size and cell size distribution,...
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    Hi Guys, Now this is a OA Vaporizer: ...

    Hi Guys,

    Now this is a OA Vaporizer:
    http://www.honeybeeworld.com/diary/default.htm

    Courtesy of Allen Dick.

    Regards
    Dennis
    Maybe I've been thinking too small :> )
  8. Thread: VAPORISER

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    Hi Walt, I grabbed my Grainger catalog and...

    Hi Walt,

    I grabbed my Grainger catalog and realized it's 5 years old. So, I googled 'cartridge heater' and came up with some interesting results. There are mini cartridges available down to 1/8"...
  9. Greetings, It's been quite awhile since I've...

    Greetings,

    It's been quite awhile since I've been involved with this kind of shipping. Containers come in different sizes. Costs vary depending upon the "cube" or density of the shipment, as well...
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    Hi Guys, In the more remote areas of the...

    Hi Guys,

    In the more remote areas of the world, 55 gallon drums are one of the few manufactured resources that are readily available. And they have been used for tbhs.

    Barry Birkey sort of...
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    Hi Guys, I know the Eastern European...

    Hi Guys,

    I know the Eastern European beekeepers were fuming hives with amitraz, etc. before using acids. They would burn cords soaked in pesticides and also used some organic solvents as the...
  12. Thread: VAPORISER

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    Hi Guys, Maybe I should contact the old...

    Hi Guys,

    Maybe I should contact the old BWrangler and and see what he can come up with. It wouldn't be too hard to cast an aluminum pan. Then drill and tap it for a cartridge heater which could...
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    Hi Guys, I'm posting a link from Allen Dick's...

    Hi Guys,

    I'm posting a link from Allen Dick's diary page with some research info concerning oxalic. The Canadians are perfecting and will soon register oxalic as a mite treatment. I think Allen...
  14. Hi Guys, I too had noticed the same lack of...

    Hi Guys,

    I too had noticed the same lack of ethnicity in photos in the bee mags. You can tell your son that a prominent bee reasearcher was black. He died about a decade ago and I can't for the...
  15. Thread: Rock Hounds?

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    Hi Tyobu, I've found the only real value a...

    Hi Tyobu,

    I've found the only real value a rock has is the value someone puts on it. It has no real value of its own. I learned that fact when collecting rocks with my own children, when they were...
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    Hi Ox, The treatment is working when thousands...

    Hi Ox,

    The treatment is working when thousands of mites drop after a treatment. If it wasn't, very few mites would drop.

    OA is the most benign treatment I've found for mites. It won't hurt to...
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    Hi Guys, I've added a few pictures that...

    Hi Guys,

    I've added a few pictures that dramatically show how cell size tapers from the top to the bottom of comb. Not all comb is as dramatic as this. And I've found it's hard to see the taper...
  18. Hi Guys, Another possibility, if plexiglass...

    Hi Guys,

    Another possibility, if plexiglass was used, is leakage around the plexiglass. It expands and contracts with temperature changes and unless securely screw down will provide some gaps that...
  19. Thread: Rock Hounds?

    by topbarguy
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    Hi Guys, I added some daylight to uv...

    Hi Guys,

    I added some daylight to uv animations on the Casper Mountain pages.

    Also, I checked these pages using Mozilla and they looked ok. But under IE they were awful. So I've done a little...
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    Hi Guys, Several studies have been done around...

    Hi Guys,

    Several studies have been done around the world testing the idea that cell size has some kind of effect on mite fecundity. Not much results are seen that directly affect reproduction...
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    Hi Guys, If you want to use powdered sugar to...

    Hi Guys,

    If you want to use powdered sugar to trail the mites, the coating must be very light. Otherwise the mites will get gummed up.

    Try using a vaseline rim around the edges of the mite tray...
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    Hi Guys, >how would you know that not many...

    Hi Guys,

    >how would you know that not many mites returned to the hive

    Even when hives are filled with brood and mites, most of the mites fall off toward the center of the mite tray, directly...
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    Hi Guys, Mite trays can be lightly dusted with...

    Hi Guys,

    Mite trays can be lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Then the mites leave a trail which can be followed. I haven't seen much evidence that the mites travel very far. They tend to quest...
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    Hi Guys, As the botany changes and plants move...

    Hi Guys,

    As the botany changes and plants move through a succession, the numbers of hives have greatly decreased through time. A hundred years ago, some midwest locations, which were on the edgel...
  25. Thread: HOW LONG?

    by topbarguy
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    Hi Guys, I counted mites underneath a dozen...

    Hi Guys,

    I counted mites underneath a dozen test hives for 9 years, so got a chance to learn as much about the mites as the bees :> )

    Untreated mites can survive on a clean mite tray for about...
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