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    Thumbs Up This is for all of you mix & match beekeeper on Woodware

    This is for all of you mix & match beekeeper on Woodware


    http://www.beeculture.com/content/BeeSpaceArticle.pdf



    BEE HAPPY Jim 134
    Last edited by Jim 134; 11-27-2012 at 12:07 PM.
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    Default Re: This is for all of you mix & match beekeeper on Woodware

    Wow, thanks for the article. I'm still going to keep all my mixed-and-matched woodenware though! I'll keep more of an eye on what I buy.

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    Default Re: This is for all of you mix & match beekeeper on Woodware

    I use all Mann Lake wooden ware and have from the start and plan on keeping it that way especially after reading about how each manufacturer is different.
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    Default Re: This is for all of you mix & match beekeeper on Woodware

    Thanks for posting.
    I didn't have enough things to apply my OCD nature to!

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    I enjoyed reading that article when it came out. The author really put a lot of effort into his research. There are folks that will be able to put it to good use.
    Personally, my yards could be considered mutts when it comes to wooden ware. Almost every box I have has a different pedigree. Some are name-brand-new. Many appear to be home-made and the rest could come from any number of manufacturers (I recently rehabbed an old deep with an A.I. Root imprint all around the inside of the box.) Some had hand-written notes from the 1950s on them. They all work. The bees do their thing. On occasion, I run into a couple of mismatched boxes with bridge comb holding them together, but I have that happen with colonies that use boxes from the same manufacturer as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NowThen View Post
    I enjoyed reading that article when it came out. The author really put a lot of effort into his research. There are folks that will be able to put it to good use.
    Personally, my yards could be considered mutts when it comes to wooden ware. Almost every box I have has a different pedigree. Some are name-brand-new. Many appear to be home-made and the rest could come from any number of manufacturers (I recently rehabbed an old deep with an A.I. Root imprint all around the inside of the box.) Some had hand-written notes from the 1950s on them. They all work. The bees do their thing. On occasion, I run into a couple of mismatched boxes with bridge comb holding them together, but I have that happen with colonies that use boxes from the same manufacturer as well.
    Are you sure you aren't talking about my equipment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mbeck View Post
    Thanks for posting.
    I didn't have enough things to apply my OCD nature to!
    IMHO If you have OCD you do not need to keep bees.
    And this may help you

    http://www.liveocdfree.com/

    BEE HAPPY Jim 134
    Last edited by Jim 134; 11-28-2012 at 06:12 PM.
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    Default Re: This is for all of you mix & match beekeeper on Woodware

    After just going down to the chart and looking at the color codes there are some manufactures that do not even work with their own gear. I make my most of my own stuff that I did not get second hand. Last year tried my hand at frames of different sizes, just afraid to take my ruler to any 2 of anything.
    “Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)

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    Default Re: This is for all of you mix & match beekeeper on Woodware

    Um, Jim, I think mbeck was making a joke!
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    Default Re: This is for all of you mix & match beekeeper on Woodware

    I was disappointed that Miller's boxes weren't part of this study...
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    Default Re: This is for all of you mix & match beekeeper on Woodware

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    I was disappointed that Miller's boxes weren't part of this study...
    Dose Miller makes it owe Woodenware ??? Or just resell it like Betterbee



    BEE HAPPY Jim 134
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    Default Re: This is for all of you mix & match beekeeper on Woodware

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim 134 View Post
    Dose Miller makes it owe Woodenware ??? Or just resell it like Betterbee



    BEE HAPPY Jim 134
    They say "Manufacturer of Quality Beekeeping Supplies Since 1976". They certainly have more boxes out in use than one or more of the others that were examined.
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: This is for all of you mix & match beekeeper on Woodware

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim 134 View Post
    IMHO If you have OCD you do not need to keep bees.
    And this may help you

    http://www.liveocdfree.com/

    BEE HAPPY Jim 134
    I was just joking, I've never been formally diagnosed with OCD.

    Thanks for the app suggestion, can you suggest three more preferably with blue backgrounds? I only download apps in matching groups of four.

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    Default Re: This is for all of you mix & match beekeeper on Woodware

    Beekeeping has become more of a science I suppose. Bee space down to a 1/16" difference. I have that much difference in frame warpage in my langs. The bees don't care, so I'm guessing it's the beekeepers comfort level these specs are designed for.
    My TBH (being allowed to do their thing) is doing tremendously. Much better than the Langs and all started the same time.
    An indepth study for sure.

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