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    Re: cost of starting ???????

    This is the way to go. You don't have to buy all the bee gadgets and fancy hive equipment. Check out Michael Bush's site. It was a great help to me. I recall I spent around $300 to start with...
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    Re: worse than a bear

    Awesome! Glad you caught him red handed.
  3. Re: Warre's original roof VS Heaf's variation - Which is better?

    The additional wood and bee space does indeed take up a lot of room. Namely, unusable room. That got me curious. So I did the math. A Langstroth 8 frame medium has a total volume of 1491 sq/in. That...
  4. Re: Warre's original roof VS Heaf's variation - Which is better?

    So here's an update...

    I've decided for now to go with Warre's original roof design. If after a year of using it I decide I'd like a ventilation option I can modify it accordingly. I'm in the...
  5. Re: Warre's original roof VS Heaf's variation - Which is better?

    I like this technique. Allows for a ventilation option with no physical modification necessary.
  6. How to bank supers for delayed processing

    When we do a harvest we like to do a bunch at once. We do crush and strain and it is such a messy ordeal we like to process honey only twice a year. Late May and maybe again in August. In the past...
  7. Re: Warre's original roof VS Heaf's variation - Which is better?

    That is some amazing wood working!
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    Re: Moist air useful inside the hive?

    Very very interesting. Definitely thought provoking on my part.
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    Moist air useful inside the hive?

    I know a few reasons the bees prefer dry air:
    * Cure Honey
    * Prevent condensation in Winter
    * Evaporate excess moisture in the hive

    What are some reasons where a climate's warm or cold air is...
  10. Re: Warre's original roof VS Heaf's variation - Which is better?

    Just a couple thoughts as I continue thinking about this.

    * Michael's point about only having a limited number of years to innovate within one's lifetime is a good point! Certainly can't fault a...
  11. Warre's original roof VS Heaf's variation - Which is better?

    Warre's Original People's Hive: http://warre.biobees.com/plans.htm
    David Heaf's variation: http://warre.biobees.com/heaf.htm

    Here's my confusion. I saw Heaf's variation first and it made a ton of...
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    Re: Warre roof design question

    I'll post this over in the Warre section. And btw, I have no idea how an angry face ended up in the title of my thread. Haha!
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    Re: Warre roof design question

    I'll have to go looking for that thread.

    I want to make sure I'm not missing the point of Warre's quilt and roof concept. Absorbing winter moisture so it doesn't condense and rain back down on...
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    Warre roof design question

    Warre's Original People's Hive: http://warre.biobees.com/plans.htm
    David Heaf's variation: http://warre.biobees.com/heaf.htm

    Here's my confusion. I saw Heaf's variation first and it made a ton of...
  15. Re: Simple Warre style improvisation for this Winter?

    Good idea regarding the coarse pine shavings. I'll use those.
  16. Simple Warre style improvisation for this Winter?

    I run 8 frame Langstroth mediums. This winter my beekeeping project was to make some pretty hive covers. The wife had people asking her why we have filing cabinets in our yard. I admitted our hives...
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    Re: Lightweight bee suit

    UltraBreeze suits are fantastic! I own two. No holes or issues after 5 years.
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    Re: The cutout cost

    Working overhead is a major pain. On a ladder with slippery honey'd up rungs is a safety risk. This late in the season you have low odds of the colony surviving on its own. Personally I'd quote high....
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    Re: Is an inner cover necessary?

    Does a hollow tree trunk have an inner cover? The bees don't need one.
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    Re: Less small hive beetles this year?

    Wax moths seem the same. But SHBs are fewer for sure.
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    Re: Wild Beehive relocating/transferring

    JPthebeeman rocks. Totally agree that every cutout is unique. And it can take a range of tools and techniques to tackle each job. The biggest thing I'd advise is to charge to do this work. These are...
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    Re: am I a strange breed?

    That's what I thought too. You're just prioritizing for what you want to do. Good strategy and expectations. The only thing I'd say is that you're not 31 hives strong till 31 come through this winter...
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    Re: How to egress after working a hot hive

    Those were the usual tricks I would use in the past. They work well on all my other hives. This particular hive strikes a good balance regarding defensiveness. I can mow in front of them and...
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    Re: How to egress after working a hot hive

    Interesting tip! Makes sense. Somebody needs to invent a combo Smoke & Spray product for us. :)
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    How to egress after working a hot hive

    So I have a hot hive. It's been hot for 5 years but I can't bring myself to zap the queen because I get 2X the honey off of it compared to my any of my other hives. No matter how much I smoke it when...
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