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    Re: Flies in the Honey House

    This is the zapper that I use...it has black light bulbs to attract bugs. It works especially well at night with no other lights on.
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    Re: hilbilly warmer

    I agree that a hot box is the way to go. I have a liquifying tank and it's faster, but it's messy, generates a lot of steam and I have to baby sit it for several hours. I use a refrigerator similar...
  3. Thread: Stacking Buckets

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    Re: Stacking Buckets

    "Safely in what sense? Falling over or structural integrity."
    I'm mostly looking at structural integrity so the lids won't collapse under the weight. These are high grade buckets and the bottoms...
  4. Thread: Stacking Buckets

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    Re: Stacking Buckets

    Thanks for the feedback... I've got them stacked 3 high now. I would like to go 4 high so it sounds like I should be okay doing that.
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    Re: Stacking Buckets

    New sealed lids.
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    Stacking Buckets

    How high can 5 gallon buckets of honey be stacked safely? The key word here is 'safely' so I don't have to learn by cleaning up a big mess! I'm using standard food grade Paragon brand buckets.
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    Re: Looking at Dadant extractor

    Yeah you're right, those motors aren't cheap. They gave me a price but I don't recall what it was...I suspect your numbers are not too far off.
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    Re: Looking at Dadant extractor

    I think mine has the same motor you described if I'm understanding you correctly and I bought it new in 1989. So they upgraded sometime after that, not sure what year. I edited my original post...
  9. Re: Removing Moisture From Honey Before Extracting

    I extracted all the honey I had pulled and it was at about 17%. I didn't have as much wet honey as I originally thought. Pulling about 60 more supers again this weekend.
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    Re: Mann Lake 18/9 vs Maxant 20/10 Extractor

    If I was choosing between these two extractors I would choose the Maxant. It's a lot better quality and well worth the extra cost in the long run. However, if I was considering an 18 or 20 frame...
  11. Re: Removing Moisture From Honey Before Extracting

    Most of my honey is capped, 90%+. I routinely spot check samples from several supers with a refractometer because I've learned from experience that moisture content can vary greatly depending on the...
  12. Re: Removing Moisture From Honey Before Extracting

    Victor, the honey I tested was capped and it was wet. I've pulled moisture through cappings with a dehumidifier before and I've also had honey absorb moisture through cappings. I know it seems like...
  13. Removing Moisture From Honey Before Extracting

    I'm pulling honey right now and the moisture is running high. I'm not surprised and this is not unusual in my area. I'm doing the same thing I've done for years...stack supers criss-cross so air can...
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    Re: Gallon Glass Jar With Standard Mason Lid?

    Yeah, I was afraid that was the case so I'll take care of the one's I have and use 5 lb. honey jars for the rest. They are 2/3 larger than a quart but I like the gallon capacity. I also prefer them...
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    Gallon Glass Jar With Standard Mason Lid?

    Do they even make these anymore? If so, who sells them? I have several I picked up somewhere years ago but I don't see any out there today. Of course the wide-mouth are common, but the standard mason...
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    Re: Change to Kelley Ownership

    I always admired Walter Kelley's entrepreneurial spirit. When he started, back in the day, there wasn't a wide selection of equipment available. When he saw a need for something beekeepers could use...
  17. Thread: Follower board

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    Re: Follower board

    I've got lots of follower boards made from 3/8" plywood with 3/8" wide pine strips glued and nailed to the top so they hang from the frame rests. I haven't used them much in recent years but they...
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    Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    I'm running about the same number of hives and I use a trailer with a fold down ramp and a Kelley dual-wheel nose truck. I screen the entrances, throw a ratchet strap around each hive and wheel them...
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    Re: shipping container for super storage

    I was considering a shipping container for super storage but was concerned about no air circulation with all steel construction. Do they sweat inside? Has anyone had condensation/moisture problems...
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    Re: UPC Bar Code Printing

    Yeah, the annual renewal fee is $150.00 but you paid a one-time $750.00 fee for a block of 100 codes to get started. They now have a lower category at $250.00 for 10 codes and $50.00 annual renewal....
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    Re: Migratory Cover doubles as bottom

    A magratory cover also doubles as a pallet. Turn it upside down and stack hive bodies, supers or whatever. The cleats leave enough space to slide a two wheeler under it so that stacks can be easily...
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    Re: Uncapping roller...do they work?

    I bought one but didn't like it. Went back to my Pierce electric knife that has served me well for many years. Yeah, $100 but well worth it.

    If you only have a few supers then a cappings scratcher...
  23. Thread: Smokers

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    Re: Smokers

    Yeah, I've been using a Dadant 7" smoker for years. If I pack it right using a combination of burlap and wood shavings it will smolder for a couple of hours. The last thing I need is a bigger smoker.
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    Re: screened bottom boards

    Interesting how mite screens have evolved over the years. They were originally designed at the Beltsville Bee Lab in 2000 to be used above a solid bottom board with a 1"-2" space between. Google...
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    Re: Maxant extractor question

    Good feedback on my post guys. I honestly hadn't thought about the 3 tangential slots being used for deeps. There is definitely a need for a small radial that is compact and gets the job done well...
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