Lost almost everything I owned, bee equipment included in the Thomas Fire back in December of 2017. Getting back into it gradually. About to build a bee vacuum system, so I was just wondering if anyone has anything better than the 5-gallon bucket design with interchangeable cages in the bucket?
My first effort was one of those wooden box monsters that was a total failure. The 5-gallon bucket design with the plywood & hardware cloth cages with the padded floors were easier to build, had as much capacity as you made cages for and worked a little too good at first, until I stepped down to 1-1/2 to 2 horsepower vacuum pumps.
A quick-change lid is a possibility, other improvements are out there...what y'all got?