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  1. Re: Plastic foundation accepted, plastic frames, polished clean...

    Hmmm. Maybe the bees are trying to tell you something. Try an old fashioned wooden frame with wax foundation. It does not matter what you like, only what they like.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    Ace, if the OP smashes all cells, where will a virgin come from for the drones to mate with?? Ace, how many beekeepers kill with intent?

    OP - I would order a Strachan NWC and follow their...
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    If you purchase a MATED queen, there is no need to kill the bees. The old "mean" drones will not have a chance to mated and carry on their genes.

    Remember, it's "Beekeeper" , not "Beekiller"
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Yes. Did you need to borrow it?

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    No.

    C.F.Diehnelt came to Wisconsin as a beekeeper in 1852 from Pappendorf Saxony.

    We believe that the bees respond to feed in the spring differently than stored feed in the spring. The closer...
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    If you are not raising queens, there is no need to kill the bees, just kill the queen.

    In the past, the only time bees where gassed was AFB. Mean hives where requeened.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    Clyder, - Yes, outside, single deep. From late '30s to the 80's, just a single deep, paired hives, 4" of straw on sides and tops inside a plaster lathe and tar paper "wintercave". We then purchased...
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    Re: Do landing boards really help?

    Yes, if you do not mow your lawn(most out yards), landing boards are beneficial.

    Imagine a reversible bottom board with a sloped floor, so that the water always drained out. Crazy Idea, eh?
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    Re: Overwintering indoors

    Mr. Bush in entirely correct, indoor wintering CAN be trickier than outdoor. One year we had a nuc with two fists worth of bees. We put it in the house, and covered it with a blanket. It did just...
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    Clyder..... Either way works. Empty frames or empty of frames. There are advantages to either way.

    Crazy Roland

    P.S. Insanity and Genius are often close neighbors.
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    Re: Centripetal force in extractors.

    From memory, our 32 frame Dadant pulled 30 G.

    Do we know the Cowen RPM numbers are accurate? What is the saying, "Trust, but verify?"

    From my perspective, time is not saved by going faster,...
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    Re: Marking Frame Production Year?

    Like Ollie, we have many old frames, possibly 45 or more years old. Many have a "tit" on the end of the top bar. I would note the date of new construction, but not throw them out until you notice an...
  13. Thread: No Honey (yet)

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    Re: No Honey (yet)

    What did you expect? You gave them enough room below the excluder for brood and honey for the winter. There is no reason for them to expand further. We run a single deep with excluder and have no...
  14. Thread: old dadant

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    Re: old dadant

    Be careful running full current at less than 20 hz on a TEFC motor. The fan will not be able to cool the motor properly. I use a TEBC (blower cooled) when full current is used at low Hz. Your...
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    Re: Automated Extractor Control

    Hold on a minute. would the current load on a drum rotating at a constant speed decrease as the honey is removed? If we ASSUME no friction in the bearings, then NO. You could measure the...
  16. Re: Dadant DC. Drive looking for a add time increase drive..

    I looked at my drive, and it is a Dadant 90-7E. Parts are still available. You set the minimum start RPM and hit the go switch. It ramps up the speed for approx 15 minutes, then holds max speed for...
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    Re: Building my own Honey Extractor

    BeeAttitude, - In the late 60's we(I) cut all of the notches out of our 80 frame extractors to make them "smooth reel" and fit more frames. The frames where stacked touching each other, and the honey...
  18. Re: Dadant DC. Drive looking for a add time increase drive..

    It is my opinion you are trying to "re-invent the wheel". I have a Dadant control on my Dadant extractor that functions superbly, and I believe would work on yours. I will try to record the model and...
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    Re: Building my own Honey Extractor

    Thank you to all of you who spoke in my absence, I concur with your suggestions.

    I would like to point out that with the endbar so close to the shaft, the calculated RPM to achieve 30 G may...
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    We winter with the bees in one deep, with an empty deep below, unoccupied, for dead air space. We have been wintering in one deep since at least WWII.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    From my memory of the '60's, 200 MPH and 5 HP was required to do a GOOD job. You should be able to make the skin on the inside of your forearm make waves like the ocean.

    Crazy Roland
  22. Re: Danant DC. Drive looking for a add time increase drive..

    Thanks, that helps. I'm on it.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Building my own Honey Extractor

    Off the top of my head, 30g is needed to do a good job. Do we know the pictured examples do a good job?

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Building my own Honey Extractor

    I believe you are wasting your money. What is the centrifugal force on the bottom of the frame next to the shaft?

    Crazy Roland
  25. Re: Danant DC. Drive looking for a add time increase drive..

    Do you have a "Dadant" extractor? What model? What motor?

    Crazy Roland
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