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    Re: which pest control

    Hope for the best case scenarios presented; they occasionally come true I would also prepare for the worst. Some people are tuned on by the challenge of hoping for the best rather than the feeling of...
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    Re: Anyone ever use a 3rd deep brood chamber?

    If you get a heavy fall flow and a light winter following, how do you handle excess stored honey. How do you handle it if it is crystallized? How do you handle it if it is all or partly sugar syrup,...
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    Re: electric embedder

    With vertical wired foundation if you try to heat your four passes of crosswiring all at once you can get some weird short circuits onto the vertical wiring. As Barry suggests not a good idea.

    I...
  4. Re: My hypothesis about mineral oil and Varroa.

    There have been experiments trying to find ways of confusing the mites timing sense of proper stage of larvae to jump in with. There are peheremones also that trigger female mite ovulation. Some of...
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    Re: Looking for 1 1/4" frames

    Shaving just the endbars to a 1 1/4 width without narrowing the top bar, reduces bee space between top bars to the bare minimum. I have inherited quite a number of shaved frames and the bees do...
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    Re: Any problems with your commercial vaporizor?

    When they try to put a lip lock on one of your bees!
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    Re: foundationless frames

    You can saw a V or strip profile on the top bar but it would be much easier to rip a saw kerf and glue in a strip. The small cut offs from sawing can come out like arrows! That process often invites...
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    Re: Single width feeder

    In Mann Lake I only see medium depth feeders that replace 2 frames.
  9. Thread: Please Stop...

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    Re: Please Stop...

    Newbury,
    I am doubtful that a useful rating system is an easy thing to have. I have seen attempts that turn out like the "Like" system on pop media. As you mention, volume does often not = quality....
  10. Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    When your name becomes iconic, merely smiling when something walks by, is taken as highly meaningful. Just the way it is.
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Get some receiving blankets read; you got a bunch of babies coming home! Beauty!
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    Re: Any problems with your commercial vaporizor?

    On WWW's enlarged pan design notice the shadow under the pan; There is an air gap there that cuts heat transfer to the base tray. The designs that sit directly on the floor board scorch the bottoms...
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    Re: Frames construction

    An end glued but joint wont come close to a notched double tenon joint that is incorporated into the standard frame design. The frames are not in simple static load as they get flexed and torqued a...
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    Re: Quilt Box Inspection

    JohnNY78; Some good ideas to get the job done without creating a whole bunch of special equipment. I have used #8 mesh but I am sure the finer mesh window screen will prevent a lot of the fine...
  15. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    snl; I did not find the article I originally read. It is readily soluble in water but whether or not it will completley liquify in air seems debateable. I do know that it is free running when first...
  16. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    Have read that the microcrystals of OA in the hive interior absorb moisture from the air and dissolve into a thin acidic film.
  17. Re: Flow™ Hive management question

    It is good; I would say professional!
  18. Re: Flow™ Hive management question

    kholmar, that is a slick selective search of examples where people were wrong about proposed new ideas. If a search could be done to collect the list of correct predictions about sure to fail...
  19. Re: Flow™ Hive management question

    It is all so professionally orchestrated; they cover all the bases of emotional appeals to peoples hopes, fears, dreams to sell an expensive and complicated device. Exactly like 99% of commercial...
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    Re: upper entrance?

    Top entrances I consider a must for winter. I have experimented some with upper entrance during honey flow and feel that I get a lot more pollen deposited in honey supers. Maybe only aesthetics but I...
  21. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Trying to reduce their buyers remorse and rationalize their dreams maybe.
  22. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    I suspect that once you crack it it will not reseal till empty and the bees get in, clean up and wax over the cracks.
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    Re: Quilt Box Inspection

    If there were condensation on the bottom surface there would be something very wrong. The top inch or so will be damp and right now mine would be covered with half an inch of hoar frost. Just doing...
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    Re: disorganized cells

    Did you keep the cell slant orientation correct?
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    Re: Quilt Box Inspection

    McBee7;

    Nice pictures of the way quilt boxes work! I am a believer too. They sure do a good job of wicking away the 5 gallons or so of water the bees give off over winter!
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