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  1. Re: Best smoker fuel I have ever found, what do you use?

    Oak planer shavings, packed down on top of a hot bed of coals from oak kindling will last for hours and hours.
  2. Thread: Mountain Mint

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    Re: Mountain Mint

    I collected thousands of seeds last year and spread them all over my farm. So far, it doesn't look like any of them are growing, but I still have hope. My elevation may be keeping them behind the...
  3. Re: who else supplies frames designed for foundationless use.

    I snap off the wedge and tack it back, but in the vertical position. I don't know where I heard or read about this method, but it works very well. Also, my grandad likes to use foundation, so he can...
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    Re: Thermal Imaging Camera

    I just purchased one of these, and it worked like a charm. It's already located the center of two hives, and kept me from doing any extra damage than necessary.
  5. Thread: Flower ID please

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    Re: Flower ID please

    Check out road banks for seed pods in the fall. You can find an endless amount of Asclepias tuberosa, syriaca, and incarnata. I have gathered and planted thousands of each. All of them are great for...
  6. Thread: Flower ID please

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    Re: Flower ID please

    It's called Swamp Milkweed here, Asclepias incarnata (I believe.)

    There are several very similar species in this genus.

    Hope this helps.

    J
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    Re: New beekeeper in WV

    Where are you located in the Best Virginia?
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    Re: Cut out vac question.....

    In my neck of the woods, cutout bees get downright nasty, regardless. It would be nice to see someone like jpthebeenman on a local cutout here, to verify it isn't just me.

    I have been using the...
  9. Re: Tree trap out - found a virgin queen today - flew off the frame

    Quick question about your setup.... Is your box attached to the tree, with the funnel coming directly into it? I am trapping bees out of a tree in this fashion, and would love to get the queen.
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    Re: Bee entrance 30ft and 60 ft uo in tree

    >>>>but your best option is to have him drop the tree then do a cutout.

    This is good advice. I passed up the exact same scenario a few days ago, and told the owner to call me if he decides to have...
  11. Thread: Scout Bee Question

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    Re: Scout Bee Question

    Thanks for the quick replies. I hope a swarm didn't check me out and then move in somewhere else. The activity has noticeably decreased since I posted this thread, and no swarm has shown up yet.
  12. Thread: Scout Bee Question

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    Scout Bee Question

    I have several swarm traps out, and have seen lots of activity on a couple of them. My question... If scout bees are checking out a bait box, does that mean a swarm is clustered up nearby? Will they...
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    Re: Cheapest effective swarm trap?

    I like using hive bodie themselves, because they are standard equipment. It seems like most of the stuff I build for certain things doesn't get used much, and spends most of its life in the shed....
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    Re: 5 gal bucket bee vac

    This setup is hard to beat, and the mini Shop Vac was on sale for $20. This entire setup was maybe $30 total, and all of the wood for the cage is scrap.

    I have considered going with the hive body...
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    Re: good hive tool on amazon

    This deal is hard to beat.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dasco-Pro-2-Piece-Pry-Bar-Set/22734155
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    Re: Cut Out adjustment and build up time?

    >>>One thing I found is that a pail of warm water, a few seconds of washing and a dry towel will rid you of the "stickeys".

    This is very good advice. I started using a bucket of water, to keep my...
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    Re: Sizes: Commercial Lumber vs Traditional Lumber

    Cyan,

    I have been using non-standard freebie lumber for nuc boxes, covers, bottoms. I build these pieces for nearly nothing, other than time. Having these knockaround boxes for transport, swarms,...
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    Re: Newly build hex hive

    I suggest using something like this. You can make it hex shaped and shorter, but then make a screen ladder so they don't drown or draw comb in it. I just built 4 of these last night to give them a...
  19. Thread: Your toolbox

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    Re: Your toolbox

    This is the one I made. Classy, but heavy. I am switching over to a nuc type toolbox this season.
  20. Thread: Cutout Hive Volume

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    Cutout Hive Volume

    This winter taught me that I need to be doing many things differently. All of my bees were from swarms and cutouts, mostly cutouts. I am questioning whether or not there is too much comb being saved...
  21. Thread: Nuc Feeder Opinion

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    Re: Nuc Feeder Opinion

    How about a close up photo? I just built a dozen 5 frame deep and 2 6 frame med nuc boxes last night, and I want to try a couple of these feeders before going all out.
  22. Thread: Nuc Feeder Opinion

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    Re: Nuc Feeder Opinion

    johng

    I use the hole in the top of some hives now, but it simply rains too much here, so I have to use an extra box and cover to keep the water out.
  23. Thread: Nuc Feeder Opinion

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    Nuc Feeder Opinion

    After losing my bees this year, one of my system changes is to feed swarms and cutouts immediately to help jump start their development.

    Are any of you using this type of nuc feeder? If so, do...
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    Re: Using 5 frame medium nucs exclusively

    Up in NY? How many boxes do you leave on for winter? Do you push them together to share heat? I am intrigued by this idea.
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    I didn't insulate. Will next winter.
    I should have reduced the number of boxes and added dry sugar closer to the clusters.
    I incorrectly assumed there was a fall flow. Most of my hives gained in...
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