I start in the fall after the bees are shaken out. I bring all of my hive bodies into the shop. After I scrap all the bur-comb off the frames I spray 5-6 frames from each with FHC- blend syrup.
Sprayer setup: I have a 30 gal bottling tank that I heat the syrup up to 150 deg. From there is a fill pipe that runs into a heavy steal tank that I can hook a air line to. This tank has a hose from a fruit spray that comes out the bottom. I set the frames in a large tub and spray them full one side at a time. It takes me 10 min. to fill the 5-6 frames needed. I do over 850 hive bodies a years for packages and splits. It takes me 4 weeks just to spray frames full of syrup. I use over a half a truck load of syrup just to spray frames.
I've used this setup for over 7 years, and there has to be a faster way. Something that will fill both side at the same time.
Anyone knows who makes what I'm looking for?
o/o Ron Householder
I'm one that would like to work smarter, then harder!