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  1. Re: Cleaning Wax Capping before using Solar melter

    Let the mappings drain for 24 hours in your furnace room (warm and away from bees) Slosh around in a 5 gallon bucket of water with a squirt of detergent for 24 hours. Pour mix through a fly screen...
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    Re: advice needed to replace bearing

    Markus,

    I'm not a machinist like Terry but I am also Fix-my-own-stuff-guy like Terry. I have replaced the bottom bearing on my Maxant extractor and the Dadant extractor may not be much different....
  3. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    Correct.

    Steve
  4. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    Thirty new and "aged" beeks attended the Pikes Peal Beekeepers Association bee yard visit in Woodland Park on Saturday. The majority of those I spoke with indicated that honey production so far this...
  5. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    Shinbone,

    I too am disappointed with the production this year. I is the worst in the past 3 years. Presently spinning out honey from my home apiary. Cheked out my outyard near Salida yesterday...
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    Re: The bear strikes again

    Dad&Son,

    Sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience. You might be able to pick up some ideas from my post number 25 of about five years ago at : ...
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    Re: Cleaning Bee Suits & Veils....

    Bob,

    Of course I'm sure that it depends on quality, but i have washed my jacket with veil un-zipped and separate many time in the washing machine with just detergent type soap. My jacket-veil...
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    Re: Uncapping Punch

    NewBeeLady,

    What is the brand name, source, and width of the punch roller pictured in your post # 11 ?

    Thanks,
    Steve
  9. Re: Another issue with Screened bottoms.

    Bigg,

    Based on your description your problem comes not from the SBB, but from two other factors: 1) bee space, and 2) technique. First Bee Space: Bee space in a Langstroth hive is 3/8 inch. If...
  10. Re: Frame style queen introduction cage ?

    I built a half dozen of them this year. Kept the queen in them for three days, inspected to be sure no aggressive behavior, then opened the gate to release her. It worked fine.

    Steve
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    Re: Bee escape question

    My experience is that the Porter bee escape will often get jammed up with either a drone or a worker bee that gets stuck and dies in the passage way. This stops the flow of bees out of the honey...
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    Re: The Fat Bee Man

    I an only agree with Andrew Dewey's comment about the Fat Beeman: "he is one of many good and kind people who share information about keeping bees on the web."

    Regards,
    Steve
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    Re: Moving hives on a 4x8 trailer

    SNL,

    I moved two, four box colonies two weeks ago to my bear fence protected summer out yard at 10,000 feet in an open 4 X 8 trailer with a 2+ hour trailer trip. The night before I broke the...
  14. Re: Bear sighted tonight - keep your fingers crossed

    Andrew,

    And all along I thought you were Mr. Tough Guy. Good luck, and I hope you get through the night OK.

    Steve
  15. Re: Moving a hive, in two sections? (too tall for the car)

    Kofu,

    I move some of mine out in the summer and back in the winter. Out from my 7 K feet home yard in the spring to my 10 K feet outyard for the summer and then back to the home yard for the...
  16. Re: Retail Price for Fresh Raw Pollen?

    Moots,

    I'm sure that it depends on the local market but I have sold it for a number of years at $1.00 per ounce. Probably too inexpensively but I do it as a public service for my good honey...
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    Re: Passive clearing of honey supers

    HiveMind,

    i built about a half dozen triangular bee escapes (also called vortex bee escapes) and worst case is in 24 hours or less all but a hand full of the bees are gone. Some say that they...
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    Re: Moisture (soaking whet )

    cata,

    I run SBB plus upper and lower entrances year round. Minimize ventilation to gusts at SBB in winter with rags. Works good.

    Steve
  19. Re: Deadout questions - shavings; bees clustered at edge of super away from honey

    My winter approach has been rigid 2" foam all 4 sides plus top outside, tar paper wrapped outside and a loose fitting snow/rain shield on top. Wood shaving filled ventilated QB above IC and below...
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    Re: Platform Scale Up and Running (pics)

    c10250,

    What type of scale are you using? Is it a platform scale like bnatural mentions in Post #1? Or, is it one of the digital scales like outve mentions in Post # 18 ? If the latter, which...
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    Re: Bear Almost Got Em-Lesson Learned

    McBee7: My bears aren't out yet, but two of my neighbors have lost their large breed dogs in the last couple of days to our neighborhood mountain lion. Pieces were found partially burred as a return...
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    Re: bee escape not working

    I have built many of the triangular or "vortex" bee escapes and find that they work quite well for me. Bee sure that it is installed on the hive with the screened side down and no exit/entrance at...
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    Re: Installed first Hogan Today

    Cap,

    Looks exciting. Keep us posted.

    Steve
  24. Re: The ancient tradition of honey hunting in Nepal

    Beedeetee,

    Glad you found your picture of the log bee hive in Nepal. I too have a pre-digital photo of the same from 20+ years ago. Took my wife and three kids trekking in the Annapurna area of...
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    Re: Need ideas for club meeting programs

    Thanks for the ongoing ideas. With a mix of newbbe and oldbees in the membership it is always a challence to keep the programs interesting to all. More ideas and suggestions are always welcome.
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