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  1. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Or use a thermostat....



    I'm probably going to go with something a bit more direct, like a couple of fan heaters (controlled by thermostat) and another fan to ensure even distribution at all...
  2. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    I've invested in a copy, thanks Stephen

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: Building extractor need motor ideas

    Any chance of those pics Don? I'm mostly curious about the frame holding arrangements.

    Treadmill motor sounds like a great plan.

    Mike (UK)
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    Hi Roland,

    I found what is probably a summary of Murray McGregor's thinking in the BEE-L archive:

    http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/academic/agriculture/entomology/beekeeping/bee-l/log0811b.txt
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Go with it Kosta. You do what makes sense to you. Good luck with your bees.

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Whatever Daniel. I'm not going endlessly round and round the same ground with you.

    Mike (UK)
  7. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    I have now had enough of your obsessive carping criticism of my ideas and I'm switching you off. That's permanant.
  8. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Thats a) much to fast for the good of the honey; b) the run time - not the labour time. The labour time is what matters. Load and unload: 10 minutes. Now do your sums again.



    Absurd and...
  9. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    My operation: 100 hives, about 24 frames melted from each (rest spun or cut comb)

    2400 frames.

    My melter: 72 frames per run: 33 overnight runs, each requiring maybe 1 hour attention start to...
  10. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Hi Roland, good to hear from you,

    I suspect routine slow extraction over several months is the routine. These machines seem to extract 24 combs overnight, and I think are then turned up for a few...
  11. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Very constructive. I couldn't have done better myself. If that's what I'd wanted.

    I'm not what you're brewing here, but it doesn't look like anything I'd want to put in a pot and sell someone.
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  12. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    I think it was actually 'electric cooker ring'. But sure, we've made progress (well I have anyway). See what a bit of constructive discussion can do?

    Mike (UK)
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    You seem to have a problem with people having constructive conversations Bernhard?

    Mike (UK)
  14. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    So how much honey can 1 lb of wax hold? (And: is that figure reliable, or someone's guess?)

    Mike (UK)
  15. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Many years ago I built a timber drying kiln, 256 cubic feet. It had a little dehumidifier to take moisture out, and the warmth to raise and hold the internal temperature came entirely from the the...
  16. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    It is?

    Mike (UK)
  17. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Not if I'm taking them off the hives and putting them straight into the melter.



    They're melted in the supers (and there's no uncapping)



    No, it has a $20,000 piece of kit and some...
  18. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Good tip, thanks Stephen

    Mike
  19. Re: European Bee health reportedly better than claimed

    You have to ask locally. Glen Apiaries web page giving directions to US breeders might be able to supply leads (though it looks a bit out of date now). http://www.glenn-apiaries.com/vsh.html.

    It...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    It was, believe it or not, a rhetorical question; intended to draw attention to the distance between your views of what is happening in Europe and the reported facts, some of which were supplied to...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Except African bees. oh, and my (European) bees.

    Mike
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Have you actually been to Europe?

    Give this a once over:

    Breeding for resistance to Varroa destructor in Europe*
    Sélection d’abeilles résistantes à Varroa destructor en Europe
    Auslese auf...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Daniel,

    Both you and Peter are demanding absolutes that are neither acheivable (without AI - and that has its own drawbackes) nor necessary.

    The quesion to ask is not 'is (absolute) control...
  24. Re: European Bee health reportedly better than claimed

    Sure. But do we really want to fail completely to discriminate between colonies that are 'healthy' given available cost-effective treatments, and colonies that need fewer, or no treatments?

    Don't...
  25. Re: European Bee health reportedly better than claimed

    And then there's the question of 'health'. Do we mean 'health as an economic unit' or some other way.

    With the former its fine to count hives that need three treatments a year just to stay alive...
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