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  1. Re: How do you prevent robbing during fall inspection?

    Use a pair of cover cloth rolls to keep all frame tops covered. It would be a pain till you developed the knack of it. Other than videos I have only seen one person doing it but it was effective.
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    Re: Trying to avoid another lousy winter

    I waited for a while for fall flow but knowing the hive weights and how much needed to be gained I didn't stay in denial very darned long. Time runs out here very quickly and you are in trouble if it...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Lets see; a grated floor, hmmm! Ian do you move the hives in and out with a forklift?

    Where heat is being produced, heavy coolant introduced at bottom displaces lighter warmed air upwards. If...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    My guess; footprints are pockets of air not swept by the wind and solar heated. Sun on the left. Same effect under the landing board of the hive. ?
  5. Thread: BTU's of honey

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    Re: BTU's of honey

    Thats not fair BeeCurious; its a trick question. Everyone knows how cabbage gives you a lot of gas! That skews the figures!;)
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    Re: Single Frame Bee Funnels

    I picked up one of the heavy plastic sheets the kids use for snow sliding. Magic Carpets I think they may be called. I thought it could be made into a good funnel for shaking out bees. I think the...
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    Re: BTU's of honey

    Where the limiting factor to brood expansion is hive heat ( The available number of bees can only cover brood that they can keep at 93 F.) any amount of auxiliary heat improves their game. It just...
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    Re: BTU's of honey

    Good link Rader:thumbsup:
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    Re: feeding bees back honey

    I have fed back broken comb but found I had to put it above an inner cover in another hive body with a very small hole in the separating cover otherwise they will start building comb. It would depend...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    I agree that it would not be to the bees advantage to heat the hive greatly. That chart posted earlier giving bees feed consumption in relation to temperature would quickly show that. My suggestion...
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    Re: BTU's of honey

    We have forgotten what the original post was about:rolleyes: Every once in a very long while I agree with Ace. That is what the OP was after to see if his 10 watt heater was in the ballpark as a hive...
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    Re: BTU's of honey

    I would have to figure it out for oil and use the conversion factor to honey. Do the conversion figures from the link I posted strike you as reasonable?

    One gallon of oil has the energy equivalent...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Rader, are you telling us that Aces cherry picked extreme examples are not convincing you? (sarcasm) That is such a common tactic it should be the first item on a reality check!
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    Re: BTU's of honey

    I think something very early in the calculations where the calorie value of a serving of honey was used to base the rest of the calculations. I believe that the term calorie for food energy...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    We should take care not to confuse the terms heat and temperature. You can transfer X units of heat from one body to another and the temperature rise observed will depend on the mass and the rate of...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Perhaps strictly speaking, we can only say that bees heat the cluster and some of that heat escapes to slightly warm the hive.

    If it were not cold in the hive the bees would not be clustered and...
  17. Dry pollen sub and sugar packed in drawn frames?

    Will bees take dry pollen sub or dry sugar that you pack into empty drawn frames? It goes in OK and a spray of water holds it while you turn it over and do the other side. Thought it might be a good...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Bees produce a whole lot of water in the course of metabolizing all that honey. They will even produce water when they metabolize dry sugar. (dry sugar as a moisture absorber is a myth for another...
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    Re: BTU's of honey

    I dont agree with the forgetting of 95% of what a person learned. Certainly not the principles and logic portion anyway. Just like swimming or riding a bicycle; even if you had not done it for forty...
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    Re: Excluder or Not

    I have not tried center supering with undrawn foundation where there is brood in the box above the supers too. That might work without swarming them but it is not a likely scenario to be doing for...
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    Re: Excluder or Not

    Minz, I had the same experience, same arrangement but also used Snelgrove division board between supers and upper box. It does make a bit more work to get at the bottom box but you probably do not...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Yes.

    Likely progression being vapor to liquid, to solid crystals, then sublimation thence to vapor. Sometimes lifting the cover off the quilt box shows hoar frost depending on temperature. The...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    About the tilted roof. If the top surface of the hive is cold and slick the vapor will condense to liquid and drip; if cold enough it will deposit as a fur of hoar frost and then melt to liguid...
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    Re: BTU's of honey

    Pete O; Here is a link showing energy contents per unit of weight. Honey would be close to the item carbohyrates (less the 18% moisture) so would be roughly 17/48 X that of heating oil
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  25. Re: Frame top bars popping off, seeking opinions from the group

    :applause: Ya think?
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