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  1. Re: Anyone know what this piece of bee equipment is?

    It's an older model Kelley bottling tank (double boiler). The newer model in the catalog looks a little different. I believe that's the cord for the heater that's wrapped around the tank.
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    Re: Pulling Queens just before the main flow

    What about confining the queen with a push-in cage instead of removing her, then releasing her near the end of the flow? Has anyone tried this and what was your experience?
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    Re: Extractor reccomendation a?

    If you are serious about beekeeping and plan to grow then this is an excellent extractor if you can afford it. It's always better to grow "into" a larger extractor rather than "out of" a smaller...
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    Re: How do I keep 2:1 sugar syrup for later use

    I mix a little Honey Bee Healthy with my syrup and it stops mold or fermentation. I've kept it for 6 months or longer when I had some left over with no problems. While I've never tried it, some...
  5. Re: dadant smoker poor quality control! see pics attached

    Good point, Jim...I forgot the OP had a 10" smoker. I've always preferred a 7" and, properly loaded with fuel, it burns quite a long time.
  6. Re: dadant smoker poor quality control! see pics attached

    Place your hive tool under the lip of the smoker lid and lay it across the top of the bellows for leverage pressing downward. The lid will pop open regardless of creosote buildup.
  7. Re: dadant smoker poor quality control! see pics attached

    [QUOTE=Brad Bee;1244372]

    "I would imagine that the people at Dadant rarely see a smoker, they only see the boxes they are packaged in from the manufacturer."

    Well, imagining can sometimes be a...
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    Re: Is starvation really starvation?

    Yeah, I think there is a lot of misdiagnosis with dead-outs. I found a lot of small (baseball size or a little larger) clusters dead with honey all around them. Some would say they couldn't move over...
  9. Thread: smoker fuel

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    Re: smoker fuel

    I start my smoker with a few small pieces of burlap, then add a handful of pine wood shavings, then add 2 handfuls of wood pellets covered with a layer of burlap so the pellets don't blow out. This...
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    Re: Mann Lake Pro Feeders

    Glad they are working well in your equipment but my 5 frame nucs, from several manufacturers, will only hold 3 frames with the feeder.
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    Re: Mann Lake Pro Feeders

    No, I'm not using Mann Lake boxes.
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    Re: How do you spot eggs?

    If you have fairly good vision, with or without corrective lenses, then a magnifying glass should not be necessary. Good light is the key so avoid a cloudy day if possible. Stand or sit with the sun...
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    Mann Lake Pro Feeders

    I ordered several of the Mann Lake Pro Feeders with cap and ladders, assuming that the small 1 gallon size would still allow 9 frames in a 10 frame hive body. So I decided to try them out yesterday...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    My prediction is this will go the way of the No-Swarm Cluster Frames from the 1970's. At some point in the future, POOF... they will disappear.
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    Re: Value of Woodman 30 frame extractor

    That looks like a rusty old relic to me and I wouldn't even consider it...has 'high maintenance' written all over it. When it comes to honey processing equipment I recommend you save your money until...
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    Re: Value of Woodman 30 frame extractor

    Those old Woodmans are built like a tank but I wouldn't pay $1200 for one. The Dadant 20 Frame will actually hold 36 frames of any size, including deeps. But yeah, you're looking at close to 2K with...
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    Re: Brushy mt. raised prices

    Most bee supply manufacturers raise prices in January each year...nothing new. Anticipate your needs and order in the fall, take advantage of Black Friday, Cyber-Monday sales, etc. If you are just...
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    Re: Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping ?

    Nicot Queen Rearing System. I bought it before I learned to graft, which is easy with a little practice. It's never been used and I would sell it cheap.
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    Re: plasticell and wax moth damage

    Scrape the damaged combs off the Plasticell with a hive tool. From my experience I've found that enough wax still remains on the foundation for the bees to draw it out again. You can also give it a...
  20. Thread: Cypress Hives

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    Re: Cypress Hives

    Thanks for the feedback, Dan. I'm still watching, waiting, evaluating and perhaps just hoping these boxes will last beyond my lifetime.
  21. Thread: Cypress Hives

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    Re: Cypress Hives

    Old growth, new growth...that's been discussed a lot before, but doesn't change the fact that it grows in the swamps under very wet conditions. Whatever I'm getting from Rossman seems to be standing...
  22. Thread: Cypress Hives

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    Re: Cypress Hives

    I have a lot of cypress woodenware from Rossman and I'm very satisfied with it. Good quality and nice folks to do business with.
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    My biggest mistake this year was spending too much time in front of my computer, staring into a virtual world instead of taking better care of my bees in the real world.
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    Re: Is this warped foundation ruined

    If it was mine I would either melt it down or trade as-is to a supplier for some wax coated Plasticell. Brood combs are the foundation of your hive and there's no sense taking a greater chance of...
  25. Thread: Smoker Plug

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    Re: Smoker Plug

    I use a spent 12 ga. shotgun shell.
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