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  1. Re: How much wax is in a barrel of cappings?

    Looking back at some of my old invoices I get about 110 per drum. Usually I get about 1 drum of cappings for every 15 drums of honey. This year about 1 drum of wax for every 30 drums of honey. Pulled...
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    Re: Fall feeders

    I think it does. I have found that if I place the float so the four cross members are down I also get less drowning.

    The floats also let me use the straw several times during a season and even if...
  3. Re: Prairie Beekeepers Skip Fall And Dive Right Into Winter

    Manitoba was in this situation 2 years ago. Results weren't pretty.
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    Re: Fall feeders

    Pleasantvalley, that's the beauty of open feeding. The big hives get enough for winter and not a lot of feed is wasted on the small hives.
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    Re: Fall feeders

    Ian, I have some feeders that are about 10 years old. Most are still good. Some broke. I am hoping to get about 10 years out of them on average. The newer ones are not as strong as the older ones...
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    Re: Fall feeders

    I use 1 tote per 10 hives. The totes hold tops about 15 gallons so that's way I can feed 1.5 gallons per round.

    11 C here yesterday and the bees took down a gallon per hive in the yard I checked....
  7. Re: Canadian prairie and northern US honey crop outlook

    Truly bizarre summer for me.

    Came out of dandelions with most hives having about 15-20 lbs of honey. Way more than normal. Then after the 4 days of rain around July 1 I had hives starving. Totally...
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    Re: Fall feeders

    Absolutely agree Jean-Marc. Great feeling to be in and out of a bee yard in 5 min and knowing you have fed each hive an average of 1.5 gallons.
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    Irwin sounds similar to my drum puller setup. Can easily do it on my own now.
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    Ian, I find it interesting how often you need to clean out the heat exchanger. I didn't know I had to. I have never done so in five years.

    I was starting to get some wetter wax today as well, but...
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    Jim, unfortunately all of my ideas cost me shop rate. If I was handy I would gladly make you one.
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    Ian, mostly we just squeegee the wax into a bin and then dump it into a barrel.
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    After a lot of frustration with wax collection on the spin float we modified the wax pan. We turned the holes to the back and changed the slope so the water drained back. We modified the front so the...
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    I don't have a quick clean out cap on my heat exchanger and in 5 years have never opened the end. I had to fish out a wire from the bottom intake hole a couple of years ago but that is as close as I...
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    I shoot for 105F for the honey coming out of the heat exchanger. Too much lower and I am cutting wet wax. I also begin cutting at 1 inch and work my down to 7/8.
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    Re: Two way pallets

    The L125 are getting harder to find. New Holland quit making them in 2009 I think. The Bobcat S70 is similar.

    I had my eye on a Bobcat S150 for very little more than L125 (both new) but just...
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    Re: Two way pallets

    To answer some of the questions above.

    Like most questions in beekeeping there is no perfect answer. You look at what people around you are doing and go with the choice which hopefully has the...
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    Re: Two way pallets

    A New Holland L125. Very small little skid steer - 16.5 hp diesel engine. Lift is great though. Will lift full barrels of honey onto a semi trailer no problem.

    Loading onto the trailers is usually...
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    Re: Canola Flow in Dakotas?

    I may be wrong here but I don't think this comment was meant to be taken at face value. Perhaps needs a smiley of sorts was needed. I could be wrong its early. :lpf:
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    Re: Chalk Brood

    Is there a correlation between queens from certain supplier and chalkbrood?

    I used to have major chalkbrood problems in spring when I used NZ queens. Most years I see almost none now. This year I...
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    Re: Two way pallets

    Not sure why you are not seeing the picture. Thumbnail shows when I log in. Let me know if you still can't see them.

    Here is a pic of the pallet.

    The second pic shows a screw sticking out about...
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    Re: Two way pallets

    I use two way pallets with bottom boards for most of my hives. The hives are situated back to back. I like having a foot or two between the hives for taking off honey. I have used pallets with...
  23. Re: How many frames of bees before newspaper combine is needed?

    I don't know if there is an formula answer to the questions. I do know in spring, with young bees in the hive and a flow happening there really is no limit to what you can transfer from hive to hive....
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    Re: Honey house questions

    Have used a couple and have settled on sealer from Menards. Cost me about $50 a year for the 2000+ square feet for the hot room and extracting room.

    Prep work would be similar to what Harry...
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    Re: Honey house questions

    I don't use a sump at all. Pull the honey back from the extractor with cowen wax collection auger, mix it with the wax from the uncapper and then pump it to the heat exchanger with C&B progressive...
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