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  1. #81
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    Default Re: Robbo's Bees - Photo Blog

    semd us over your address by email or PM me - Ill send you one with some honey in it - you can do your dishwasher testing in it. Should be ok I reckon.

    I get them from peopleinplastic in Brisbane - have to buy 312 at a time.

  2. #82
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    Thanks for the info Robbo, but with only one producing hive I certainly don't need 312 of them! They have some nice looking gear though. Also thanks for the offer of some of your honey, please save your postage, besides, if I try your fine honey I mightn't want to go back to my cloudy, crush and strain variety!

  3. #83
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    Been way too long for an update. Will just throw a bit of text up and a few piccies of whats been happening on the farm.

    Got a new shelving unit which is pretty cool. The 2 bottom shelves are for 800 kg, and the rest are 300 kg



    Have had a few of the wax catchers center fall out of the pans. Managed to get some new 316 stainless pieces to reinstall with rivets at the next break



    Got hold of a all stainless fruit press - this is great!! Turns several days of gravity straining into about 20 minutes. Item will pay for itself in a year I reckon - Really happy with how fast it is


  4. #84
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    all loaded up for first run



    the cake she makes



    once the wax is clean, I hit it with a log splitter to go back into the melting pot for filtering




  5. #85
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    . I only found out about the cool suit, and the bee-z smoker thanks to this site. Imported them to Australia, and very happy with both

    Hi Rob just had a look at the cool suit also the beez smoker, are they as good as they make out them to be? I am interested in both, but most in the cool suit, also roughly do you remember postage on them, thanks I awat your reply Len

  6. #86
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    Wow! Excellent pictures. I do have to wonder though... I have read that beekeepers should not paint the inside of the boxes (Brood/Supers). In your pictures, it appears that you have painted the inside. Any advantages/disadvantages of doing so? Do you use a special paint?
    Again, thanks for sharing this with us. Fascinating!
    "Life will find a way - it always finds a way." -Jurassic Park (MOVIE/BOOK)
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    Default Re: Robbo's Bees - Photo Blog

    Have you considered hooking up the fruit/wax press to the hydraulic log splitter?

  8. #88
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    Brute force!
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    Please visit my page, Thanks

  9. #89
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    Hey G'day Len. My wife is an Exeter girl (sallys corner road). Have had a few great weekends away at Brigadoon @ Bundanoon. Yea cool suit - still going strong - love it. Beez smoker, still going strong. Can highly recommend both items. Postage was reasonable and I must admit by now is long forgotten. You get what you pay for with long term quality items. I am surprised no one in Australia has picked up being an agent for this stuff - Still, no worries importing like I did.

    Havent worried too much about the inside painting of the boxes to be honest. Always seen it done that way. Best part about bee keeping is everyone does it differnt. Water based paint for the final coats - over the original oil based sealer coat - I would like to give the wax dipping a go next time round.

    In fact I am not buying any more of these modern boxes. I buy second hand now - preferably +20 years old at least - the prices havent changed for the past 10 years, but the quality is JUNK. I dotn mind paying for good gear, but the modern pine stuff is garbage. What used to be budget with knots and bad fitment, is now what you get for premium in the shops.

    Yea workshop press driving the fruit press in stead of the screw is the go - nearly went that way - am happy with the manual version for this year tho - haha - cheers for the interest fella's

  10. #90
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    Great Blog!!
    Thanks

  11. #91
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    thank you for documenting all of your work.

  12. #92
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Osborne View Post
    Wow! Excellent pictures. I do have to wonder though... I have read that beekeepers should not paint the inside of the boxes (Brood/Supers). In your pictures, it appears that you have painted the inside. Any advantages/disadvantages of doing so? Do you use a special paint?
    Again, thanks for sharing this with us. Fascinating!
    Rob abd I live in a rather humid part of Australia and painting inside of boxes means you make the timber last a lot longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbo View Post
    the cake she makes

    What is black in the wax cake, bees?
    Серёжа, Sergey

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