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    Re: Second deep super full of honey

    They should do fine in two deeps with the top one full of honey. That's the setup you should have going into winter. Cluster in the bottom. Top full of honey. Bees will move up throughout winter.
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    Re: Heating Honey to stop crystallization

    I put mine in a sous vide water bath at 115 for about 24 hours. I can do up to four quarts at a time, though I typically only do two since it's only for my use. This year's honey I filtered at 200...
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    Re: Do these capped cells look normal

    Actually, it's pretty obvious the frame is a wired foundationless frame and most of the open holes are over wires.
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    Re: Do these capped cells look normal

    Not a great picture, but that looks like honey to me.
  5. Re: What will bees do with foundation turned 90??

    Obviously, I need to start looking more closely at my frames. I guess I actually haven't looked closely enough at foundationless frames or I might well have seen these examples in my own hives. I...
  6. What will bees do with foundation turned 90??

    So, bees build hexagons with the apex in the vertical orientation; up and down, and flat sides on either side.

    What will they do if you put them on foundation that has been turned 90 so the apex...
  7. Thread: Bananas

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    Re: Bananas

    I buy ripe bananas at the store in bulk and freeze them. I add two bananas to my breakfast smoothie drink every day. I often eat whole bananas, too, though usually not the black ones. Last year I...
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    ML Perma-Dent foundation. Thoughts?

    I see Mann Lake has foundation called Perma-Dent on sale this week. Does anyone have any experience with this?

    I've used their Rite Cell with mediocre results. Lately, I've been using Acorn, and...
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    Re: First year everything - Can I single?

    Yep. That's exactly what you do. Or, you got down to the thrift store and buy a second hand one for a few dollars and use that. Set it on some plywood and tilt the hive onto it and gently hold it...
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    Re: Feb 1st? All is well?

    Checked the rest of my yards today. I lost one 6-frame nuc (the middle one between two others) out of 14 total hives. Considering the temperatures we had this week, I'm pleased. I have a few showing...
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    Re: Feb 1st? All is well?

    LOL!

    -30F here the last two nights. 4 days well below 0F. Finally broke 0F today. I took the stethoscope out to the two hives I have here at home.

    The first one I heard buzzing. This hive...
  12. Thread: Varroa

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    Re: Varroa

    Sure, it's safe to say that. They "might" have been. But there's not proof they didn't come off the bees afterward, or even after they died.
  13. Re: making a uncapping tank from HDPE, any thoughts?

    Yep, they work great for sandblasting and painting. Though, I'm guessing you've not done any plastic welding with compressed air and that inline filter.
  14. Re: making a uncapping tank from HDPE, any thoughts?

    Look into using water-thin solvent adhesives for the type of plastic you want to use. Butt joints on a table saw, cleaned up with a block plane. Apply the solvent and it's drawn into the joint...
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    Re: Checking hives with a cheap endoscope

    Yeah, mine did, too. The angle mirror didn't work at all!
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    Re: Checking hives with a cheap endoscope

    My wife got me one of those endoscopes for Christmas. Haven't got it working very well, yet. I need to figure out how to attach it to something I can use to poke it in past the insulation on the...
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    Re: Too late for a long winter

    Yep, same here. Feeling optimistic here, also. Temps have not been below 0F yet and the last 3 days have been in the 30s, with bees flying yesterday. I finished wrapping my hives with 1 1/2" pink...
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    Re: Johno's Easy Vap - Vaporizer

    Thanks, John,

    I'll keep that in mind. I'm not going to do anything with it till I have more experience using it. I suspect the slight upward bend in the tube and treating between the boxes will...
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    Re: Johno's Easy Vap - Vaporizer

    I just received my vaporizer from Johno last week. This vaporizer may well be the best money I've spent on my beekeeping hobby so far.

    I have 14 hives in 4 different yards. I have a 400 watt...
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    Re: Can bees convert candy into stored liquid?

    Are you saying you checked the hive and they were completely out of honey so you gave them sugar bricks and the converted the sugar to honey and stored it? Well, I won't contradict you, because I...
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    Re: Undercoat with primer?

    I was at Fleet Farm last night getting some glue to build some deep boxes and as I wandered by the paint aisle, I asked what they do with their mistint paints. He pointed to a small table which had...
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    Re: Washing machine extractor?

    just thinking out loud here and wondering how you would pull the tub out to clean it.
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    Re: can't believe it.. honey!

    Mason jars work really well for honey. Canning season is upon us all over the U.S. so you can probably find them at any of your local home improvement stores, Wal-Marts, grocery stores, and hardware...
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    Re: Making good honey

    Bees view sugar water as nectar, and will store it and cure it just as they do nectar. They will mix it all together. As others have said, use a bit of food coloring in the syrup and it will show you...
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    Re: Bee Box Joint Cutter

    I do build my own, and it's cheaper than buying them from Mann Lake, though admittedly not by much. I use rabbet joints, cut on a table saw. Boxes are glued and stapled. I made a simple jig for...
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