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As usual with the beekeeping world, multiple opinions!!
I read a bit on the Mighty mite thermal concept, which heats the hive to at least 106F for 2.5 hours. I am going to investigate that more.
Only concern is how to jury rig it for a TBH. I may try to make something up myself.
Last edited by Corto; 01-02-2019 at 03:07 PM.
When I first got into bee keeping, I always thought it might be helpful to keep the bees warm in winter, obviously a novice.
But... it made me look back then at reptile pad heaters and temperature controllers, which I think is a potential poor man's version of the Mighty Mite. The more I think about it though, to get the top of the hive to 106F with only convection from the thermal pad at the bottom would require the two sensor approach, to keep the pad at 106F or thereabouts, and just over time the top sensor would eventually get to 106F, which I assume is why the process takes 2.5 hours.
Seems a single sensor on the pad itself, at 106F set limit, given enough time and wattage, could get the entire hive to 106F over time, and might not need that second sensor.
My other thought is somehow using a temperature controlled hot air gun -- 1" hole on the side of the hive with the gun as the source, and somewhere at the other end of the hive an exhaust hole. This would get the heat circulated with air movement and should get all up to temp faster.
Anyway, just some engineer's thoughts.
Quick perusing, something like this. If the temp control is as good as it states, could set to 110F and go.
Last edited by Corto; 01-02-2019 at 04:34 PM.
I would not monkey around with a heat gun, or with trying to increase the hive temps faster. If memory serves me correctly, bees die at around 113°F. The Mighty Mite heats the hive slowly enough that that critical temperature is never reached.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.
I imagen your yearly losses would be very high ! and your honey production very low ! ---- Is this so ? Are you a 100% hobby Bee keeper ?
Agreed on heating too fast, and that the bees will help fan the air around.
Lou, I have one hive, hobbyist, yes. For the two years they survived, they generated ~16 bars of capped honey.
New beekeepers need a better understanding of treatment-free, chemical-free, and the standard commercial way of beekeeping. None of those titles really fit, but many times a new beekeeper just wants to help the bees out and start up a box. The local clubs, at least in my area, are pretty silent on what everyone is doing to manage their mites, and I think this is the biggest downfall of the club meetings. Not that I want to hear about varroa mites every meeting I go to, but the newbees should understand that there is a degree of management involved.
There are very strong opinions on what works and what doesn't from a lot of people. I have found this out through here and a couple bee Facebook pages. To the point they are a bit over the top on their positions.
I am just taking it all in. I would still prefer a method that is "chemical" free.