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    Re: What are good prices for a new hive setup

    If you're a club member or can get a group together, buying bulk unassembled frames (example Western Bee, but there are others) and Acorn foundation (directly from Acorn) is a great way to save big...
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    Re: What are good prices for a new hive setup

    Depends on what you consider a hive. Since you're in Minnesota, I presume you're looking at more than a single deep. I'm in a similar climate and personally run 3 deep + supers with a lot of...
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    Re: Economical Honey Storage/Buckets

    Another option is to look bigger. Your expense cost per gallon of honey will usually go down with bigger containers (i.e. food grade 55 gallon drum).
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    Re: Lithium chloride as miticide

    It's possibly that it might have an effect if it's in the royal jelly that's fed to the open brood.

    Regarding cost...it's still ridiculously cheap compared to MAQS or Apivar. For the commercial...
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    Re: Lithium chloride as miticide

    Given that lithium's therapeutic effect is at a fairly low dosage (tens to hundreds of mg), even if it's completely "safe" for the bees it will be difficult to approve. The dosage the paper mentions...
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    Re: Mann Lake Honey Keg, thoughts?

    The other thing to think about is heat transfer efficiency. With the light bulb you get some radiant heat transfer but you mostly heat the air, which in turn heats the keg. This is much less...
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    Re: Mann Lake Honey Keg, thoughts?

    Before you waste your time with a lightbulb (which still can burn out if you spill honey on it, is fragile, and can start a fire), might I recommend you look into reptile tank heaters. They come in...
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    Re: Wood or plastic frames

    A quick search will yield you with hours of good discussion to read.

    I'm not a fan as they can/do warp.
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    Re: pulling honey ideas looking for feed back

    Perhaps not the ones that commercial guys use, but Dadant does sell one:

    https://www.dadant.com/catalog/honey-harvesting/m00785-collapsible-chute-for-bee-blower

    Edit, here's another model that...
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    Re: Flir

    I think the higher frame rate of the Seek thermal pro (15hz) is also a big improvement over the FLIR one pro (8.7hz). 15hz is still not great, but much less choppy. To get much above that you're...
  11. Re: ABJ article, page 1148 , "It is the Mites because"

    Here's the article published on the pollinator stewardship site:
    http://pollinatorstewardship.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Its-the-Mites-Because.pdf

    She definitely cherry picks her sources and...
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    Re: Best propane fogger for Tactic

    In the grand scheme of things, an oral dose of 5mL is actually quite a large dose when it comes to toxicity. There's a lot of commonly used chemicals and pharmaceuticals that are far more toxic.
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    Re: Metal On Telescoping Covers Hotter or Not?

    I guess it depends on what you're comparing to. Compared to a white painted top, a metal top will absorb more heat. Compared to a natural wood colored, it probably depends on how darkly colored it...
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    Re: Extractors: Mann Lake 18/9 vs. Maxant 20

    I own a Maxant 20 and if you extract a lot of deep frames I would look elsewhere. They are a BEAST to load and trying to get that 10th deep frame into it is down near impossible. The belt also...
  15. Re: Which pollen sub do you like for feeding dry to bees.

    I've also fed Dadant's AP23 (next gen Megabee I think) in a dry form in the spring. I just put out a pan with a rock on it so it didn't blow away. I've tried feeding in the fall, but they don't go...
  16. Re: Anyone care to take a stab at the make of this relic?

    From: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/81-123/pdfs/0296.pdf

    "Formic Acid may be disposed of by atomizing in a suitable combustion chamber equipped with an appropriate effluent gas cleaning device."...
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    Re: honey extractor forward reverse

    SJJ...my limited german makes me think this is the joke?

    https://youtu.be/U0tbPhWWrFo?t=1m40s
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    Re: honey extractor forward reverse

    Many larger radial extractors have a reverse direction to improve yields and reduce extraction time, some even with programmable settings. There is a directional component involved. For the average...
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    Re: honey extractor forward reverse

    It depends on what you mean by flipping the frames.

    For Deep frames in a tangental extractor, yes this sounds right.

    For medium frames running radially you shouldn't have to flip the frames...
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    Re: Places to buy and sell bee hives

    Given their size, shipping can be difficult/expensive so for a small-scale, high-quality, niche-market seller its usually best to try to sell local. I'm assuming that with Birmingham being such a...
  21. Acid hydrolysis/inversion of sugar requires quite...

    Acid hydrolysis/inversion of sugar requires quite high temperatures to achieve any substantial level of conversion.

    Vinegar does enable sucrase inversion once the bees swallow the mildly acidic...
  22. Pick up some invertase and add that and some sort...

    Pick up some invertase and add that and some sort of acid for cold inversion.
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    I don't put on any winter reserves until the...

    I don't put on any winter reserves until the daytime temps are low enough for the bees to be clustered. For me, this is late November to December.
  24. I buy smoker fuel, but it's hardwood fuel pellets...

    I buy smoker fuel, but it's hardwood fuel pellets used for pellet stoves. A 50lb bag costs a whopping $4, lasts all season and can go a full day on a single fill.
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    Addition of a little vinegar helps with hard...

    Addition of a little vinegar helps with hard water.
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