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    Re: Insulating box idea

    This partial quote is what I consider to be the key to ventilation AND cluster heat retention. Dont try to absorb moisture and hold it in the hive. Vent it without creating an over exchange of air. I...
  2. Re: oxalic acid vapperizing and not sealing the enterence for the proper time doratio

    You could use the corroplast under a screen but if you have to put something on top immediately under the vaporizer, I would suggest aluminum or steel. Takes up virtually no height and wont melt from...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Na we dont really need it but I think the social unrest globally that would result from the increased grain production cost would be far less acceptable. Spiking costs of basic food was a common...
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    Re: Nature's Brutality

    Mother Nature is not kind, but she is fair. She always (eventually)puts things in balance. There is one creature here though that is giving her fits! It thinks it is helping Mother Nature.;)

    I...
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    Re: Insulating box idea

    I think the idea is not to absorb and hold the moisture, but to pass it up and out while still providing an insulation factor. I would be afraid that the carpet might not let enough air flow through...
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    Re: Don't want to remove the pollen!

    I agree. The finest filter from Mann Lake is labeled 600 micron though and the coarsest is labeled 200. I am sure that is not correct. I dont know if they are all mislabeled or only the set I have. ...
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    Re: Don't want to remove the pollen!

    On some of the plastic mesh screen sets the mesh size is referred to as micron size: confusing and incorrect. I use Mann Lake 600 for final filter but usually put it through the coarser 400 first....
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    Re: Varroa Mite Treatment

    In some areas and some strains of bees probably don't need anything extremely efficient to keep the mites below economic or lethal thresholds. Some other combinations of bees, climate, location etc.,...
  9. Thread: Bee Behaviour

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    Re: Bee Behaviour

    Maybe they are old foragers attempting to fly "off into the sunset"! Riverderwent , that is an interesting analogy; never thought of reversing rotation as they pass the point of no return on fuel!
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    Re: bees only utilizing top deep

    I have outside frames in bottom deep filled with honey and then some with a bit more pollen. Center 4 or 5 frames are polished cells. Lots of capped brood upper box but the honey top is pushing the...
  11. Re: oxalic acid treated hives with high mite counts

    Mite drop after vaporization is supposed to peak about third day. I dont know how long the effects of OA remain but I suspect since it is a thin layer of acidic dust/moisture it may start to taper...
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    Re: Two stage extraction of partial frames

    I think that describes my situation. Some of the uncapped cells appear to have a lower moisture than the capped cells. I did notice a few frames that seemed to have areas reluctant to spin out.

    If...
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    Re: Mite season is here!

    The ease tends to make you a bit lazy about testing. I have some more to check and treat if needed now that I have honey virtually all extracted. Will try to do natural fall on sticky board plus...
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    Re: Two stage extraction of partial frames

    Glad you found a solution that worked for you. I was starting to worry about running out of time and would not have been happy extracting frames without mostly 75% or more capped. I got the...
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    Re: why wire frames?

    You can try the monofilament but I have seen posts about the bees nipping the thin stuff. Some have recommended 50# test. I tried a bit and did not find it as easy to work with as wire. It is easy to...
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    Re: Feeding in the fall?

    Slimspickin; that is some mighty nice brazing!
  17. Re: pulling super and extracting on a rainy day

    99% capped would give a person so much peace of mind! Sometimes it just aint gonna happen though. What then? 75% capped has been trouble free for me and my son but we are not in high humidity climate...
  18. Re: First Year Hive with 4 Brood Frames in a 10 Frame Box by August

    I may have missed it but what is the mite level? Much of the area within the capped brood has been relaid except one panel that looks good. The queen is working a broad area but something is keeping...
  19. Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    You seem to have those little bees well trained!

    I have some landing boards and some not. As far as honey production + or - I think you would have to really control you tests well to determine the...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    If you have a mite situation where they are overloading the best of VSH and other defences, the resulting spotty brood as described by mathesonequip can make you incorrectly think you have a poor...
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    Re: Questions for oxalic acid users

    The body of the glow plug needs to be clamped or screwed into a heat sink. The mass of the cyl. head they were designed to mount into serves as heat sink for their intended service. The heating tip...
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    Re: Questions for oxalic acid users

    I would agree that over heating to the breakdown components point would be highly unlikely. Theoretically possible under extreme radiant heat source but that would not apply to any reasonable OA...
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    Re: Questions for oxalic acid users

    The welding blanket would be a good donor. You should pull power just before the last OA boils off. There is usually enough heat momentum to complete vaporizing the last of the charge without going...
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    Re: Questions for oxalic acid users

    At least one of the patent evaporators has a heat break between the pan and the base plate. My take off on the glow plug heated vaporiser has a gap with two layers of fiberglass cloth to prevent the...
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    Re: EXTRACTING FOUNDATIONLESS and WIRELESS FRAMES

    Well when you appear that you are explaining something that is grade school physics, with all the solemnity due the mysteries of the universe, then you might expect to have your chain shaken a bit.:D
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