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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    The residual wax in the drum is pretty dry depending on how long it was run after "dumping" the honey from the previous session. It just takes a bit for the new wet cappings to migrate through and...
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    We are just using a single spinner and heat exchanger with the twin 4500 watt elements. Aside from the fact that you can initially retain more heat with oil it all comes down to whether your elements...
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    We use oil and need to keep the oil temp between 135 and 140 degrees to maintain a honey temp of over 100 degrees when running 2,000+ lbs. per hour.
  4. Re: NY Times OpEd Piece on Colony Collapse Disorder

    On reflection, I think you are most likely right on the mark here. It's the only thing that really fits the facts. While it's true there is some pretty compelling evidence that Amitraz can cause...
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    Pat at C&B suggests trying to stay between 100 and 105 for best separation and getting your blades down around 7/8". I would concur. After repeatedly getting really wet raw cappings out of the...
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    Re: 9 Frames in 10 Frame Super

    9's are all we use. More efficient in the extracting room, fewer frames to handle and the uncapper doesn't miss much.
  7. Re: Why the fuss over bees? Is the U.S. in the midst of a bee-pocalypse? The science

    The last few years of the NHB was showing assessments paid on nearly 400 million pounds and that dosent account for the "funny honey" that wasnt considered honey at the port but was almost certainly...
  8. Re: Why the fuss over bees? Is the U.S. in the midst of a bee-pocalypse? The science

    Peter, I think there are even more. The Cornell report is only looking at honey production. Lots more hives go from almonds to apples to blueberries and may never have any honey harvested. I have...
  9. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    Agreed Ian. Up until the mid 70's (long before neonics) our family kept many bee locations a couple hundred miles east of here until fence row to fence row farming practices forced us to abandon...
  10. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    It was about this time of year, the main purpose for checking it was that it was among the first yards that had been "pulled" and had been supered back with just one medium which was all we could...
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    Re: Measuring Average Yield

    You make up your own rules. Some like to exaggerate, others like to understate. I use the number of queen right hives at the beginning of the flow......and THEN start making stuff up. :D
  12. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    I have come to the conclusion that the chances of finding a honeybee working either corn or beans in our area are approximately the same as finding Bigfoot in the field. Here is one of 4 different...
  13. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    Couldn't disagree more Sergey. There are lots of different viewpoints on here and people that come from all walks of life and even places in the globe. Many of them I disagree with, even strongly...
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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    Yes. No doubt about it. I always jokingly tell buyers that I will wait until the fire sales are done before I get serious about selling.
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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    I think all the major buyers are in a bit of a holding pattern on new crop pricing pending the outcome of the current crop. I heard a report of one major player floating the prospect of a $1.95 to...
  16. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    Both comical and predictable. I chuckled when I read the OP, wondering how long before the trap would be sprung.........19 posts. I would surely have taken the under.
  17. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    I just like to give you a hard time Brian. :). In ideal conditions (sunny, warm day with a nice gentle breeze and capped honey) it will move bees easily and quickly out of 1 deep. We do mostly...
  18. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    You are making this too hard Brian, just take the lid off and put the box on. ;) The nice thing (at least compared to a blower) is that you arent breaking the boxes apart, and tearing the burr comb...
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    Yup, on top. Use a fairly good quality cotton sheet fabric set it mid box, sprinkle your chemical, aim the elbow into the wind as needed and in a couple minutes the bees are gone. If there are lots...
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    Re: Best time to graft, morning or evening?

    A late afternoon graft has little chance of emerging the night of day 10 and probably won't begin emerging until mid day on day 11 though incubation temps are a big factor as well.
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  22. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    Not about to knock those who are happy with their bee blowers, if it's working for you that's great. We use bee go and wind boxes and for my money they are the greatest invention since the fork...
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    Re: How Much Effort

    No real sophisticated planning here, we know what we ran short of last year and just make a bunch of new equipment each winter to keep the help busy and hope to heck it's enough.......no actually we...
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    Re: 500 hive operation Honey extraction line

    Yes. Had an old refrigerator with ice maker and it dawned on me one day that the valve on the back was exactly what I needed to shut off the water flow when the pump isn't operating. Took a hot...
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    Re: 500 hive operation Honey extraction line

    That's cause it is messy, I use a big tub. Definitely room for improvement here. Pat, at C&B told me they have tested some different collection systems but haven't hit on anything real workable. ...
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