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    Default what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    I am making a feeder for my Nuc. Just a board with 3 jars on top.

    My question is what size hole bit do I need to do this? Quart Mason jars.

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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    2, 3/4

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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    Use a jar lid for a template and make the circle 2 7/8 inches or thereabouts if you don't have jar lid. Used glass mayonaisse jars work well and may have a plastic top which won't rust. The plastic jars may work, but they aren't as sturdy and I don't know how they will stand up to the sun.

    3 jars for 1 nuc??
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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    3 jars for a nuc ? !!!!!!!! hahaha i did that last season and ohhhhh man did that nuc become my comb building colony !

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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    Well my hives are a 30min drive from my house in the city. So I usually can only get out there once per week. I plan to place another box and a lid on top so they will be protected. I am hoping that I can feed them well and they fill out new comb rapidly with good feeding.

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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    Has anyone done this with Gatorade bottles? I'm wondering what size worked for them.
    2 years / 5 hives / Zone 7A

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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    guy down the street uses, 2 quart glass mason jars, but I think those caps are "wide mouth" and larger than 2 7/8".
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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    Quote Originally Posted by brettj777 View Post
    I am making a feeder for my Nuc. Just a board with 3 jars on top.

    My question is what size hole bit do I need to do this? Quart Mason jars.
    The industry sizing calls it 70mm for a standard mouth jar which is indeed 2 3/4 inch. Hole saws can be purchased at Lowes/Home Depot but you will also need to sand out the hole slightly so the 70mm lid will fit in the hole. I use a "flap wheel" sanding disk I got off of eBay:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-Premium-F...E:L:OC:US:3160

    which is the perfect size to sand out the hole with a drill or screw gun just enough to allow the 70mm lid to fit with a little friction fit to hold it in place but allow you to easily remove it and the mason jar to refill.

    I made my own inner cover feeders using 3/8 inch scrap plywood and 1 inch square trim. It is something similar to what Walter T. Kelley sells but I made mine different using thicker plywood and spacer material and screen as well as making 6 jar feeders. 4 jar feeders are usually plenty.

    http://www.kelleybees.com/Shop/22/Qu...ve-Top-Feeders

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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    meant to say: (1) 2 quart glass mason jar.
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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    Live Oak, thanks for the info. That really helps!

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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    Quote Originally Posted by brettj777 View Post

    My question is what size hole bit do I need to do this? Quart Mason jars.
    Check out the jar feeders on this page: http://scientificbeekeeping.com/fat-bees-part-3/

    and in this thread: http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...h-brass-insert

    I have a lot of nucs that I can feed with just a 3/16" hole drilled through the lid.

    Here are three nucs set up after removing the bees from a Queen Castle.
    Last edited by BeeCurious; 03-03-2014 at 01:06 PM. Reason: added photo
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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    I managed to make it work with a 2 3/4" hole saw bit. Here's the results!

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...5&l=8bc9411e63

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...5&l=2bac0c67cb

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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    Brett, I see from the last photo that you will be covering them with a second nuc body. I have covered mine with a black cover stuffed with pine straw during the winter. Between the cover warming better from the sun and retaining the heat longer, the syrup was consumed much faster. These hives consistently out performed ones without the covers.

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    Default Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    For making those custom holes I use a
    http://www.rockler.com/heavy-duty-ci...FSqXOgod1xoAmg

    The bits aren't the best, but since the bit is based on 1/4" stock you can get carbide tipped lathe bits to replace them.

    This is how I drill the 2 13/16" hole in all my covers for a feeder port.
    like these:
    http://s1273.photobucket.com/user/as...ratory%20Cover
    Last edited by AstroZomBEE; 03-04-2014 at 02:32 PM.

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