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  1. Re: Do you let bees draw out the frames or do you use wax foundation?

    Many people use either plastic or wax foundation. I did at first, but soon found that the bees did a pretty good job of drawing out frames with NO foundation. As I am still a hobby beekeeper, I can...
  2. Re: new OAV device seems easier to work with & easy to make-no pics yet

    After plasma cutting near JB weld once, I learned rather quickly that it smells TERRRIBLE when exposed to high temperatures. I'm not sure what "high" means exactly, but I don't wish to tempt fate so...
  3. Re: new OAV device seems easier to work with & easy to make-no pics yet

    The redneck flaring of the extension tube certainly wasn;t going to be airtight, so I used some Furnace cement. its rated for 2,000deg so I figured it'd be just fine for this application . It can...
  4. Re: new OAV device seems easier to work with & easy to make-no pics yet

    that might work by bleeding off some of the hot air. I fogged one hive with this and it didn't LOOK like a lot was happening, but there was a thick cloud of vapor wafting around the poorly sealed...
  5. Re: new OAV device seems easier to work with & easy to make-no pics yet

    my extension for the heat gun is nothing more than a tomato paste can that I ran through the fire to burn out and plastics or whatever they line those things with. I tack welded in to the smoker...
  6. new OAV device seems easier to work with & easy to make-no pics yet

    I tried out a homemade OAV device powered by the standard 12V battery and was not too impressed. while the device worked perfectly well, I required me to remove entrance reducers to get it into the...
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    Re: Raccoons vs. Bees

    I've got lots of coons, but no coon problems with bees. Skinks in the area as well, but never a problem with elevated stands. Black bears though...I've had all the problems with those that I ever...
  8. Re: Source for better packages later in the season?

    I got a couple of packages of Oliverez bees this year and was quite happy with them. even after an early season bear attack, they recovered and look to be doing well going into winter. That's...
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    Re: Foundationless Comb Management

    I have about 90% foundationless frames and came through last winter just fine. I lost one hive to moisture from a poorly fitting migratory cover and another that was a very small hive going into the...
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    Re: Lifting and moving hives.

    I use one ratchet strap around the hive boxes to keep them together. I jam whatever shop rags I happen to have nearby and staple them on front of the entrances to seal the bees in. Then I lift the...
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    Re: vmVaporizer questions

    well, it was nice to see a video of it in action. I'm going to fiddle with the idea of making a different style over the winter. I have the standard battery driven dual glow plug style and it...
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    Re: vmVaporizer questions

    I checked out the website, and like you I have a number of questions. I'd like to see some more pictures and a demo video or something. a guy in a suit holding a metal tube doesn't do much to sway...
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    Re: Wind break a must?

    I know that I don't mind cold weather. but I do mind cold and windy. I can only assume the same physics/thermodynamics affect the hives.
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    Re: apple cider/ hard cider

    I made an apple destroyer from an old belt drive motor. basically its a small wooden box with a bucket on top to channel in the apples. inside the box, I have a "drum" made of wood that has a mess...
  15. Thread: Sappin'

    by KPeacock

    Re: Sappin'

    I tap a couple dozen trees on my property. I don't care for syrup much, but my pops and my son like it, so I make it for them. I much prefer the subtle differences found in honey...and one might...
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    I tried two hives as Carnies this year, but a bear attack pretty well wiped me out. I'll tell you what though, A carnie queen can fly 40 yards to a bait hive without losing weight and keep right on...
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    Re: Mild Alarm Brought Me Here

    The cool thing about beekeeping is that it can be what you want it to be. I started a couple years ago with two hives and liked I expanded to 6 hives...then to 10 hives. Next year I plan...
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    Re: Have you ever proselytized for beekeeping?

    I found that my local wal-mart only stocks ONE of the 25# bags and it gets replaced within about 48 hours of purchasing it. Not wanting to wait weeks to get all the sugar I need, I called Pioneer...
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    Re: Bees making an entrance

    do they have an upper entrance? you might have bees that are unhappy with the current airflow situation and they've taken it upon themselves to improve the hive by making the small crack a bit...
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    Re: mosquito fogger killing honey bees

    we have a mosquito control department in my county and I just called them and let them know I had bees. The stop fogging when going by my place. I have noticed no problems over the last 2 years. ...
  21. Re: Cut Out Bees: Abscond while box open waiting for latecomers?

    Bees are also pretty reluctant to leave the brood.
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    Re: Weighing hives

    I think the easiest way is to weigh with a luggage scale or a big game scale. they can be had on ebay for about $10. tip the hive a bit and weight one side, then the other for a rough idea of total...
  23. Thread: How much wax

    by KPeacock

    Re: How much wax

    Danno has to be close. Water is 62 pounds per cubic foot, and wax is a bit less dense than that.

    Search for wax dipping or rosin in the forums. there was a post about 2 years ago about this and...
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    Re: Recognizing Rader Sidetrack............

    I think Rader is secretly the senior manager of the interwebs. This lofty position enables him access to everything via some sort of brain wave search function that is orders of magnitude faster and...
  25. Re: Swarm retrieval assistance using a drone (aircraft, NOT the male bee)

    a slingshot with a nice zebco 33 reel will get a fishing line darn near anywhere that is line of sight.
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