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  1. Re: looking for bulk/cheap containers for balm

    thanks summer. for the record i went with bulk apothecary dot com. i paid $16.50 for 50 shipped, not too bad.
  2. looking for bulk/cheap containers for balm

    anyone know of any good deals online? ~1/4 oz, don't care if they are glass, plastic, metal. maybe ~100 to start. thanks for any tips!
  3. ? swapping hive spots to equalize bee numbers

    Hi all. I have 2 hives that are very different in population size, and I want to equalize them a bit. One was a swarm from this year that is currently in 1 10-fr deep + 1 medium. The other is a swarm...
  4. Re: cracks in hive bodies - paint color/type? or bad wood?

    I guess I expected cosmetic defects like knots, but I thought the wood would be otherwise solid. Maybe I got a bad batch.



    And that's with TiteBond3 in every joint. I guess there was a little...
  5. Re: cracks in hive bodies - paint color/type? or bad wood?

    thanks all. I'll fill the cracks and re-paint with a lighter color when these boxes come out of rotation.



    actually, you're right, the cracked mediums were commercial and the un-cracked deeps...
  6. cracks in hive bodies - paint color/type? or bad wood?

    Small-time newbie hobbyist. I started with 2 deeps, which I painted white (exterior oil-based) because that's what I had at the time. A year later, I bought 4 mediums from the same supplier, which I...
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    Re: A word of advice to hobbiest newbees.

    “There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.” ― Hippocrates
    Perhaps a tad harsh, as conjecture based on knowledge has its place, when...
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    1-off observation on split drift

    No extensive research here, just an interesting 1-off observation of drift after a split. I split my 1st hive last weekend, a walk-away, make-your-own-queen operation. I didn't do the 'both new hives...
  9. Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    My favorite paint is from the local freecycle and craigslist. Post a request and/or just search the posts, you'll be amazed at what you get for free. Paint, for some reason, seems to be one of those...
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    Re: Bees favorite plant

    +1 for borage, brassicas, clovers, milkweeds, & mints. of course goldenrod and asters, which are fall staples here. add also willow (in bloom now and clouded with a diversity of pollinators I never...
  11. Thread: buckets

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    Re: buckets

    +1 on Walmart bakery. five-gal, food-grade, and free. they all seem to be used for frosting. literally, unlimited supply.
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    Re: Fruit Press for crush and strain

    +1 from me.
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    Re: Advice/help from Tincture makers

    does anyone make liquids, pastes, etc. of propolis without using alcohol? I'm interested in playing with it to see what it does on cuts, but I'm not sure how you'd know if the propolis is doing...
  14. Re: midwinter gadget to know if your bees are alive

    my hearing isn't so great, so I have trouble listening for the buzz. I guess I could get a stetho, or fancy thermometer. but I have found that just putting my face in front of the IC notch works for...
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    Re: bottom bars, staples, and splitting

    Thanks all. I'm feeling much better about it today after handling one of the frames I built yesterday with the glue (TB3) now dried. Pretty solid. Still, I wish the grooves didn't run all the way...
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    bottom bars, staples, and splitting

    I built my 1st hive with wax foundation and, accordingly, divided bottom bars (DBB). With just a little experience under my belt, I decided I wanted to experiment with foundationless next, so when...
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    Re: Maybe this is another crazy idea.

    like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOgCflLWPC4
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    Re: Maybe this is another crazy idea.

    Google Warre
  19. Re: for lip balm: local alternative to shea butter, coco oil, etc.?

    exactly what I wanted to hear, thanks kchendershott!!!
  20. for lip balm: local alternative to shea butter, coco oil, etc.?

    can you use veg oil or something else? I'd appreciate hearing about successful alternative recipes you have used. if I have to go to the store and buy shea butter, I might as well just buy...
  21. Poll: Re: Equipment pricing free shipping vs lower price???

    how about this:
    - free shipping (= shipping costs included in listed price) so no surprises at checkout
    - discount for pickup (10% or whatever listed price minus shipping is)
    - another discount...
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    Re: Cyber Monday Deals on Beekeeping Equipment?

    bingo, thanks Ed!
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    Brushy free shipping: promo code?

    can anyone provide it? someone in another thread said it was Santa BC, but that's not getting recognized in their online order form. I called Brushy and they said I had to get it from Bee Culture...
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    Re: Cyber Monday Deals on Beekeeping Equipment?

    I just tried that code and got a message "The promotion code you entered is not valid. Please try again." I called Brushy and they said I had to get it from Bee Culture magazine...
  25. Re: Has anyone tried using an upside down fish tank as a Solar Wax Melter?

    I think it's a good idea Adrian, in fact, it was already on my list of things to do this winter! I was thinking an old 10-gal aquarium, sides painted black on the inside and insulated on the outside,...
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