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  1. Thread: bottling honey

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    Re: bottling honey

    Ahh yes , that makes sense , but the guys I know here , drain their tanks out for the winter.

    I'm not sure , but I think a water heater element may get too hot and be a fire hazard in oil.
  2. Thread: bottling honey

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    Re: bottling honey

    Why would they use oil?
  3. Thread: bottling honey

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    Re: bottling honey

    A tank with a direct heating element will work , but it will overheat the honey as the element will get way hotter than 100 degrees as it heats the honey around it , so the honey closest to the...
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    Re: cheap foam screen cover

    I made two of those inner covers myself this fall , for insulation purposes originally , 1" rigid foam.

    I find it is light enough that if I put it on first the bees caught under it will not get...
  5. Thread: Dying hive???

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    Re: Dying hive???

    It sounds kind of like one of my hives , it is very wet inside , it seems they have a hard time cleaning out the dead ones and don't seem to want to go down thru the bottom.

    I gave them a top...
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    Re: Bees wax for cheese?

    Thanks for the links.

    I coated one yesterday with just plain ole beeswax , it seems OK.

    I may try adding some coconut oil , or veg shortening on the next one.
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    Bees wax for cheese?

    I just started making cheese , I was hoping to use my bees wax to coat it , rather than buying cheese wax.

    There's really no problem with it , it is just a little hard and cracks easier , does...
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    Re: what to do with it

    I give a lot away at Christmas , people love it as a gift.

    I also trade with my gardener neighbors , I trade honey for vegetables , and even trade for pork or goat meat with a local farmer.

    I...
  9. Re: Attaching and Uploading Photos on Threads and Posts

    Don't click on the paper clip , go to the "advanced screen" and click on the "insert image" , choose the folder and then choose the file you want , then click on "upload".

    If that still doesn't...
  10. Thread: different hives.

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    Re: different hives.

    Thanks for the replies all , I should mention that there is an inner cover made of 1" insulating foam and the hive is tilted forward , that's why the water was running out the bottom entrance.

    The...
  11. Thread: different hives.

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    different hives.

    It is interesting how different hives can be from one another.

    I started two hives from packages last spring , one was very quick to build up and produced well over 100 lbs of honey , the other...
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    Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    Assuming my two current hives make it thru winter , split into four this spring.

    Set out bait hives in our valley and hopefully catch a swarm or two.

    Try my hand at raising queens this year.
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    Re: looking for advice on bee suit

    I have the full suit , I find it too hot in the summer , but knowing I am well protected makes it easier to remain calm when carrying out bee yard duties like taking out frames for extraction ,...
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    Re: Wicked lot of moisture.

    I think that is not always true , depending on where you live , in my area , the wettest time of the year is middle of winter , snow at night turning to rain in the days.

    I have a terrible...
  15. Re: How do you KNOW that mites caused the hive to crash?

    No , I think he was just asking if anyone had some hard data on the death of hives due to mites ,I think it's impossible to say.

    If you have some facts danno , share with us.
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    dry sugar poured in deeps ?

    I have just been reading that some beekeepers will pour very fine granulated sugar into the brood box near the back wall of the hive (farthest from the entrance) , and just let it flow down thru the...
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    Re: Another noninterventional beekeeper.....

    Why , thank you so much danno , I feel much better now.
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    Re: Another noninterventional beekeeper.....

    That could have been me (guest) speaking last winter , allthough I was lucky enought to have the same conversation with someone who was willing to share their knowledge with me and help with some...
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    Re: Another question on oxalic vaporizing!!

    Oxalic Acid is approved for use in Canada
    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has approved the use of oxalic acid for the control of Varroa mites in honey bee colonies. They have determined that...
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    Re: Another question on oxalic vaporizing!!

    Other than breathing the vapors , there's not really much to worry about.

    Some people are more sensitive to it than others , I have used it both for bees and cleaning log homes , and skin contact...
  21. Re: Daily Death Rate Observed for an Indoor Winter Hive

    I think it's normal , and nothing to worry about.

    When you have hives in a place where the dead bees are more noticeable , you would expect to find more dead ones.

    I have mine on a covered deck...
  22. Re: Ok, im going from treatment free to oxalic acid vapor treatment and need opinions

    Dave Cushman in England says: “Some are concerned about Oxalic acid vaporisation producing a great deal of toxic vapour, but the point of the treatment is that the oxalic acid re-condenses within the...
  23. Re: essential oils vs varroa: does it work? syrup recipe?

    I have my doubts about oxalic acid killing all microbes , studies have been done on its effects of microorganisms in food and in the human gut , it was either neutral or in some cases even beneficial...
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    Re: Beekeeping and Japanese Knotweed

    Perhaps there's more than one reason the bees like it , as I was looking at it in Wiki , I read that it has high levels of Oxalic Acid , something we use to kill mites.

    You never know.
  25. Re: Ok, im going from treatment free to oxalic acid vapor treatment and need opinions

    I use it as well , it is cheap , easy and effective , especially in cold weather.
    But I am ver carefull to get far away from the hive I am treating until the vapours are dissipated.

    Potential...
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