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  1. #1
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    Default Wood Burning Tool

    Where can I find the tool that I have seen in some vidoes that folks use to burn names on frames and hive bodies.

    Thanks,
    TCS

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    Default Re: Wood Burning Tool

    Planning bridges the gap between our desires and dreams, by calling us to action.

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    Default Re: Wood Burning Tool

    Hey Jim

    i had bought some hive bodies from a guy in Sedro Woolley - he had them for a long time - but anyhow one of the boxes had your brand on it -
    its now in Concrete with me -

    reason i wanted to post this is to show others that branding is a GREAT way of locating lost boxes or parts -

    takes a second to do and lasts the life of the box

    oh and if you are in the area of Concrete ever Jim - swing by - i can give it back to you !!!!!

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    Default Re: Wood Burning Tool

    Best prices I found was at:

    http://www.woodcraft.com/Search2/Sea...query=branding

    Got a very nice 5 letter brand for $35
    Nice people to work with.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    How do you like it? I'm wondering how big of a pain it would be to heat up and keep warm? Do you have to stand there and spend 5 minutes heating it up with a torch inbetween boxes?

    Thanks,
    Dan
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 01-19-2011 at 04:28 AM.

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    Default Re: Wood Burning Tool

    I've got about 15 different names branded into my bee hives, most of the beekeepers whose equipment I acquired are deceased, and a lot of the stuff (some of it just plain high-grade kindling) was handed down through intermediary owners.

    What's really cool is when someone approaches me at the farmer's market and says, "My grandfather used to keep bees, his name was _________." And it turns out I have his old boxes.

    One old boy asked me about it and it turns out I had his deceased brother's hives. His daughter asked for an end panel from a brood box. She was going to frame it for her father. When I gave the box to him, his eyes welled up with tears and all he could do was nod in appreciation.

    There is much, much more to simply branding boxes.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

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    Default Re: Wood Burning Tool

    Mine is a great CNC project for a machine shop class at the local community college. The cost was a block of metal, a big bag of cookies, and a 3 two-liter bottles of soda. One guy already had his scalable alphabet program on a disc. They even gave me a copy of my program if I need to run it again. You could also get it made by a blacksmith if he likes mead, or a welding shop equipped with a plasma cutter.

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    Default Re: Wood Burning Tool

    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Wood Burning Tool

    Quote Originally Posted by jrbbees View Post
    Best prices I found was at:

    http://www.woodcraft.com/Search2/Sea...query=branding

    Got a very nice 5 letter brand for $35
    Nice people to work with.
    Nice-looking branding iron - especially for the price they ask. I'm assuming that a hot charcoal fire will heat this up enough to burn well? How do you heat yours?

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    Default Re: Wood Burning Tool

    MB and JS link to branding irons that are propane powered.

    Bryn

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    I recently purchased from the site that Mr. Bush linked to. I believe that it's the same brander which Mann Lake stocks.

    100 new medium supers were delivered yesterday; I can hardly wait for the iron to arrive!
    "Experience is that which enables us to recognize our mistakes - the next time we make them."

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    Default Re: Wood Burning Tool

    Thanks for the info folks.


    Tim S.

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    You can get a 5% discount from http://www.brandnew.net/ if you mention the ABJ ad.

    Bryn

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    Default Re: Wood Burning Tool

    I have heard of people using a turkey fryer to heat the plain branding irons up. I can see where a porpane powered iron would be a lot better if you had many boxes to do.

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