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  1. Re: EFB is a major pain, but it's easily treatable.

    This is strictly a guess but I am thinking that different local conditons and different management potentially affects pollen stores. If the bee bread gets infected it can remain infective for more...
  2. Re: EFB is a major pain, but it's easily treatable.

    If it always just went away by itself when the flow started, or with a queen replacement, then it wouldn't be a big deal. Warm weather would do it it it like we famously heard too.:rolleyes: Maybe...
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    Re: Adding Queen to split

    Not having eggs or larvae no older than a couple of days from the egg, risks having the bees start feeding an older larvae. They can build on up to a 5 day old larvae but that would give you a badly...
  4. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    Can you clarify if the screws are still going in from the rabbeted end but are started further from the edge and slanted out into the side pieces.
  5. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    I thought staying lit was a plus! :) I have a plug that I stick in the snout when I want it to go out. Yep the pine needles need to be packed. I almost always fill right up anyways.
  6. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    I see a lot of votes for the pine needles if they are available; Not many who try them are likely to say anything else is better. Seriously, I did do an experiment with the horse manure. Weathered...
  7. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    Truly dovetail or parallel side intersecting fingers?
  8. Thread: Deep Frames

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    Re: Deep Frames

    I would use smaller holes and staples to keep the wire from splitting into the frame sidebars. Much quicker and cheaper. Seeing a post such as this on BS made me switch. Wouldnt think of going back...
  9. Re: New territory for me: Cloake board and timing.

    Maybe there is an advantage for continuous operation. For doing a one off I think the Cloake board grabs the essential conditions with less messing around than getting all the conditions right in a...
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    Re: Johno's Easy Vap - Vaporizer

    It should handle the load easily; the power draw is something less than 300 watts. Good to have some spare capacity but I question the 750 watt figure. Could that be a 750 Watt peak rating?
  11. Re: EFB is a major pain, but it's easily treatable.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27904344/ This link is to one of the broadest experiments measuring the levels and half life degredation times of OTC in honey. Incidentally treatment in sugar syrup...
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    Re: Ants and larvae

    Are you speaking of ant larvae or bee larvae?
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    Re: Can anyone explain this?

    I think the bees may drive off ones with some of the viruses. They sense the bee is a hazard, so off with ye and die somewhere else!
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    Re: I built a cloake board

    In my case the pair of shims created the upper entrance. When I blocked the bottom entrance that forced many of the bottom bees up to crowd the cell starter. Queen was below, but I suppose it would...
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    Re: Wax dipped equipment

    http://www.sandhillbees.com/wax-dip-info

    Check out Megan Milbraiths site. Lots of the very information you are looking for. She also does custom wax dipping.
  16. Re: EFB is a major pain, but it's easily treatable.

    Glad to hear it cleared up. What can be discouraging is repeat appearances. That can be caused by lingering infected material in your comb or from a neighbor or one in the trees. You had an...
  17. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Some people just like to make a career out of being perverse!:rolleyes:

    I like the J hook feature as my finger pinch is compromised on my right hand. I narrow the hook down considerably.
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    Re: I built a cloake board

    I have used quite thick aluminum sheet from a truck cargo body and also aluminum flashing. The flashing needs to have the edges folded back double for about half an inch for stiffness. Hardboard or...
  19. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Just for the heck of it I will have to put some up to dry. The pine tree is just about 50 paces from the gate to the bee yard so the road apples will really have to have something going for them to...
  20. Re: Welcome Leo Sharashkin, editor of Keeping Bees with a Smile!

    I think he might prefer a more controlled atmosphere;)
  21. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    How about horse hockey pucks? I have an endless supply of them; no more cows though.
  22. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    I think you must have me confused with someone who said to make a hole at the bottom of the smoker to light the charge. JConnolly I am sure was talking about prying a hole in the fuel all the way to...
  23. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    What a time saver this is. The idea about poking a hole to the bottom on the air inlet side and being able to relight a filled or partially filled smoker without having to dump out and start from...
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    Re: Bees tearing down queen cells

    https://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&jsonp=vglnk_159077503211214&key=e6f8f4e2356f0ecd2e29116cb90b30ae&libId=kasi8fq00102686w000DL6tcwlyka&loc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beesource.com%2Fforums%2Fshowthread.p...
  25. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    I endorse this 100%

    Some cardboard and some wood pellets give a very acrid smoke. That is a bit of a crap shoot. Pine needles are ticketty boo every time!
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