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    Re: Insulating hives

    Exactly right, it is not about temperature it is about heat. In the case of a beehive, the fuel to produce that heat is honey. Assuming that the hive is not overly drafty, insulation will reduce the...
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    Re: Beeswax waterproofing

    I have also used Sno-Seal and agree that it works great. It also works great on my hands when they get abused by things like gasoline, wet cement, or any number of things that I really should keep my...
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    Re: How to Clean Wax off Wife's Pot?

    A heat gun and paper towels works well for cleaning beeswax from stainless. Turpentine will dissolve beeswax.
  4. Thread: Best fuel

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    Re: Best fuel

    Cottonwood bark burns a long time and doesn't go out. A propane torch is a fast way to get it started.
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    Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Charlie B,

    Nice description, I like your setup.
    I have tried something similar and I have one thing to add that could be useful, especially with the galvanized pipe that you have. As you said,...
  6. Thread: gloves

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    Re: gloves

    I quit using gloves but I do use wrist protectors. I cut the feet off an old pair of white cotton socks and use the elastic ankle parts slid up over my wrists. That closes up open sleeves, covers the...
  7. Re: What size screws for assembling hive bodies and supers?

    If you are using screws, rubbing some beeswax on them makes it a whole lot easier to drive them in.
  8. Re: ****Sugar water will last for how long exactly?

    Pure sugar water can keep a long time if conditions are right. I had one batch of about six gallons of 2:1 (2 parts sugar, 1 part water) that kept very well for about a year. It was stored in an...
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    When can mouse guards be REMOVED?

    When are mice finished building their winter nests? Putting mouse guards on shortly after the first frost has always been early enough for my hives, but I never experimented with when to remove them....
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    Re: Is this unusual item related to beekeeping?

    Maybe the side tanks and wicks are for dispensing some sort of liquid fly killer.
    No clue as to the galvanized compartment with the copper slide door though.
  11. New style bottom board for improved winter ventilation

    In the past I have lost hives over winter because dead bees blocked the entrance of a hive. I have also found that moisture and dead bees on the bottom can make a mess that bees do not clean up very...
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    Do it yourself hive scale

    After looking for an easy way to weigh hives, I found some interesting instructions for converting a hydraulic jack into a scale of sorts. The result is a jack with a pressure gauge, the pressure...
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    Re: mouse guard question

    I have several hives mounted on 1" metal pipes, maybe 14" inches off the ground. The pipe stands do not stop mice, I saw one go down the pipe as easily as a squirrel climbs a tree. I think the pipe...
  14. Re: Getting Propolis off of tools and clothes

    Gas line antifreeze, which is just alcohol, seems to work pretty well. I don't know if it will get stains out, but it really helps get the sticky off tools and hands. Either isopropyl or methanol...
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    Should hives face south for winter?

    Today I was looking at my hives and noticed that the one hive that faces south had a lot of bees flying around the entrance. The rest of the hives all have the entrances facing east and they had very...
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    Re: Squashing bees

    A little side to side motion as the boxes are coming together helps quite a bit. If the box comes straight down, even if it is really slow, some bees just don't seem to catch on. I credit the side to...
  17. Re: Where were the queens when I needed them?

    I went out yesterday and took a picture of one of the frames. There were a few more frames that were similar, but maybe not quite as many cells on each of those.
    The activity around the hive seemed...
  18. Where were the queens when I needed them?

    Earlier this year I had some hives without laying queens. I gave them frames of brood and eggs from other hives and eventually they got back on track. I would rather have given them capped queen...
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    Re: Need advice on inspecting a cutout

    Thanks for the advice. I will move them to a different location and wait until fall to decide if they get moved over with the rest of my hives.

    They had good activity at the entrance, the brood...
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    Need advice on inspecting a cutout

    Today I removed a colony of bees from a wall in an old barn that is being torn down. They had been there since at least last fall. I was able to save most of the brood and moved it into a hive near...
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    How long to tear down a queen cell?

    Yesterday I opened a hive that had no brood or eggs and no queen that I could find. I found an empty queen cell though, so I know that they did make a queen.

    How quickly do they tear down the...
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    Cottonwood bark burns a long time and does not go...

    Cottonwood bark burns a long time and does not go out easily. Nut shells from hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, and almonds are also good.
  23. Thread: frames

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    You can push all the frames together at the...

    You can push all the frames together at the center and use a fully drawn plastic comb like Honey Super Cell for the outside frames. Then if the bees draw out extra thick comb on those outside plastic...
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    I have used a straw filled deep with a screen...

    I have used a straw filled deep with a screen bottom on top of several of my hives. Then I prop up the cover that goes on top of the straw filled deep just enough to allow for some air flow. My...
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    What is the benefit of gum rosin?

    From all that I have read here about wax dipping it sounds like a good way to protect woodenware. All of the wax mixes that I have seen call for gum rosin in the wax.

    How important is the gum...
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