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  1. Re: Sensors inside and the Bee hive. The tech behind the buzz.

    I'm another RF EE. My hives have a 4 inch acrylic tube venting the top rear of each hive. If I see condensation, I know I have too much humidity. Each top and bottom box have a cheap thermometer...
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    Re: -40 f windchill in central NY

    Wind Chill factor is based on the wind and temperature on human skin. If your the interior of your hives are windproof, then the wind chill factor is meaningless.
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    Re: foundationless frames

    Mr. jcolon has a good point. Don't get hung up on the idea that starter strips are really necessary; the bees will find a way to build with or without it. I've used cut-up 1" strips of starter...
  4. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    Not worried at all. My hives have cheap thermometers with 8" rigid probes that I stick into 1/8" holes on the sides of the lower deep (near the top); I don't really care what the temperature is...
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    Re: For the stylish beekeeper...

    When Martha starts selling bee kits I'm sure that the hive tool will come in a variety of tasteful colors to match the patio furniture.
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    Re: Foundation question?????

    I've done it and it works well. To attach it to the top bar just use a cheap 1" paint brush and melted beeswax.
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    Re: Insulated top cover- plans

    My ultra-simplistic top cover insulation is just a piece of 1" rigid foam placed on TOP of the hive cover and gets held down by two bricks. Works just fine; it's not necessary to put insulation...
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    Re: 1st OAV attempt update

    Jay- Can I ask what you did in your OA treatment? I use a commercial vaporizer and an electronic power supply; the vaporization time is only 10 seconds with around 15 minutes before the hive is...
  9. Thread: BTU's of honey

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    Re: BTU's of honey

    All I wanted was a honey BTU rating to compare with a 10 watt/hr heater. That's all. Many of the responders failed to notice that the Wiki data was in KiloCalories and KiloJoules, ie: 100 grams of...
  10. Thread: BTU's of honey

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    Re: BTU's of honey

    This has gone on way too far.

    With honey 100 grams=1271 KJ or 305K calories. Thence 1 pound of honey equals 1205.6 BTU This has certainly become a contest of engineering skills and that was not...
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    Re: BTU's of honey

    Looks like I stirred up a bees nest of mechanical engineers! I'm just an EE here. My purpose here can be made quite complex but it's all about using a theoretical 100% efficient 10 watt heater in...
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    BTU's of honey

    I had the figure once before but lost it; what is the BTU rating of common honey?
  13. Re: Electrical help: Using car battery charger as power supply for OAV.

    If you know someone with some electrical/electronic knowledge, they can direct you to buying a 12v transformer. Transformers are cheap and the vaporizer doesn't care if it sees DC or the AC from a...
  14. Thread: Top insulation?

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    Re: Top insulation?

    Even a small opening will provide ventilation; a piece of foam insulation covering the top to the hive, inside or outside, will be a great help in maintaining the heat of the hive. My hives have a...
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    Re: Smoker Frustration!

    Walter Kelley smoker here for no particular reason. It's been working fine for years but I'm only working three hives.
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    Re: How to leave more honey for the Winter?

    sqkcrk has some good points- remove the top two supers for extraction, and probably the bottom medium. If you can get a mirror under the bottom medium, you will probably see that there are no bees...
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    Re: My head is spinning

    You would probably be better off starting with foundation- maybe a 10-pack of of sheets for your deeps and another 20 for your supers. This way the bees get off to a nice start. Every other frame...
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    Re: Neighbor complaint

    I can only suggest that if the bees are enjoying the neighbors sugar water, perhaps you should be feeding sugar water (or honey) to your hives from inside the hive or a closer feeder point. As...
  19. Thread: Wax Moths

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    Re: Wax Moths

    Any good garden center carries BT. I've used it directly on bee-covered frames and on frames stored for the winter in my attic. it's harmless stuff except to moths.
  20. Thread: sad day

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    Re: sad day

    I managed to over-winter a weak 8 frame deep by surrounding it with 1' rigid foam insulation and a hive heater (Ebay #380944580269). The heater was taped to the inside of the bottom board and powered...
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    Re: Combining Hives Sets Off WWIII

    Was there any brood at all in the weaker hive?? Even just a few cells?
  22. Thread: 2-1 Sugar Syrup

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    Re: 2-1 Sugar Syrup

    Is it REALLY that important to get the mixture exact? I doubt the bees care as long as they can take it in. I simply put ballpark amounts of sugar and hot water into a bucket, stir, let settle,...
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    I use a 1/8" thick sheet of packing foam cut to the size of the syrup dish, and with many open cut-out slits. The bees feed through the slits and the foam sheet always floats on top of the syrup. ...
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    Re: Weak colonies died out

    There doesn't appear to be any stores or brood in your photos; there was no reason for the bees to stay around. Your country can be extremely dry and probably offer little pollen or nectar for...
  25. Re: OA vaporizer - dedicated battery or the one in the truck?

    I've been using a ham radio power supply; I need only to bring 115v to the hives and the supply does the rest. Radio Shack almost certainly has these power supplies. Another option is a plain ol'...
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