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    Re: Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping ?

    Nicot Queen Rearing System. I bought it before I learned to graft, which is easy with a little practice. It's never been used and I would sell it cheap.
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    Re: plasticell and wax moth damage

    Scrape the damaged combs off the Plasticell with a hive tool. From my experience I've found that enough wax still remains on the foundation for the bees to draw it out again. You can also give it a...
  3. Thread: Cypress Hives

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    Re: Cypress Hives

    Thanks for the feedback, Dan. I'm still watching, waiting, evaluating and perhaps just hoping these boxes will last beyond my lifetime.
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    Re: Cypress Hives

    Old growth, new growth...that's been discussed a lot before, but doesn't change the fact that it grows in the swamps under very wet conditions. Whatever I'm getting from Rossman seems to be standing...
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    Re: Cypress Hives

    I have a lot of cypress woodenware from Rossman and I'm very satisfied with it. Good quality and nice folks to do business with.
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    My biggest mistake this year was spending too much time in front of my computer, staring into a virtual world instead of taking better care of my bees in the real world.
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    Re: Is this warped foundation ruined

    If it was mine I would either melt it down or trade as-is to a supplier for some wax coated Plasticell. Brood combs are the foundation of your hive and there's no sense taking a greater chance of...
  8. Thread: Smoker Plug

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    Re: Smoker Plug

    I use a spent 12 ga. shotgun shell.
  9. Thread: Cleats vs Handolds

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    Re: Cleats vs Handolds

    I've never used cleats. I always pick up boxes from the sides to prevent the combs from swinging into one another, especially brood combs. I can see some benefit but I think I'll continue on without...
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    I prefer wooden frames with coated plasticell foundation. Pure beeswax foundation is fine too with proper support in a wooden frame. Once it's drawn out, the foundation becomes irrelevant IMO....
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    Re: Mike Palmer nuc versus 5 or 4 frame nucs

    I think it's mostly a matter of personal preference. Michael has stated himself that the principle of what he's doing is more important than the exact equipment set up. I prefer standard 5 frame nucs...
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    Re: Lighting a smoker with wood pellets

    Thanks for the video, Jim. I discovered wood pellets last year and they work great in my smoker. I bought a 40 lb. bag for $3.00. I use a combination of burlap and pine shavings (small animal...
  13. Thread: Bartering honey

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    Re: Bartering honey

    I recently swapped used package bee cages for honey. He got the cages for cheap and I can sell the honey for more than the cages were worth in cash. We both got a good deal!
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    Larry Connor addresses this topic in his October ABJ column beginning on page 1083. According to him, queens fly much farther to mate than drones from the same colonies.
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    Re: honey bees and sweet clover?

    Sweet Clover is a major source of nectar here in mid-Missouri. Unfortunately the Dept. of Conservation considers it invasive since it's non-native and they would like to see it eradicated.
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    Re: Cleaning out wet supers.

    I set wet supers out for the bees to clean but I stack them about 100 yards from my hives to reduce the chances they will start robbing from each other. I stack them about 8 or 10 high and in a...
  17. Re: Anyone used the Dadant uncapping tank as a liquifier?

    Yes, I have this tank with the liquifying grid and heater. It works good and will liquify 3 buckets in just a few hours. It does generate a lot of steam though, especially in winter when temps are...
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    Re: Flies in the Honey House

    This is the zapper that I use...it has black light bulbs to attract bugs. It works especially well at night with no other lights on.
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    Re: hilbilly warmer

    I agree that a hot box is the way to go. I have a liquifying tank and it's faster, but it's messy, generates a lot of steam and I have to baby sit it for several hours. I use a refrigerator similar...
  20. Thread: Stacking Buckets

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    Re: Stacking Buckets

    "Safely in what sense? Falling over or structural integrity."
    I'm mostly looking at structural integrity so the lids won't collapse under the weight. These are high grade buckets and the bottoms...
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    Re: Stacking Buckets

    Thanks for the feedback... I've got them stacked 3 high now. I would like to go 4 high so it sounds like I should be okay doing that.
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    Re: Stacking Buckets

    New sealed lids.
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    Stacking Buckets

    How high can 5 gallon buckets of honey be stacked safely? The key word here is 'safely' so I don't have to learn by cleaning up a big mess! I'm using standard food grade Paragon brand buckets.
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    Re: Looking at Dadant extractor

    Yeah you're right, those motors aren't cheap. They gave me a price but I don't recall what it was...I suspect your numbers are not too far off.
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    Re: Looking at Dadant extractor

    I think mine has the same motor you described if I'm understanding you correctly and I bought it new in 1989. So they upgraded sometime after that, not sure what year. I edited my original post...
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