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  1. Bee Forum
    The Forgotten Space. Experienced Beeks are well aware about the importance of a Forgotten Space…the Bee Space. Too much Bee Space leads to Burr Comb, and too little space gives them an incentive to glue everything together. Either one of them makes it harder to work your hive. Bee Space is...
  2. Equipment/Hardware
    I am in the process of making a honey extractor. Brute 32 gallon container, bike rims, threaded rod, some bearings, bolts + washers and a wooden bit of board for the bottom, powered by a drill. Found the design on youtube. I am not sure what to treat the parts with to qualify it as "food...
  3. Welcome Forum
    Hello Community, This is my first year beekeeping and I just installed my 1st package yesterday...I installed it at 6am at 60 degrees and in 3 hours the temp dropped 30 degrees :/ but they're clustered and feeding and hanging in there. I hope to catch some swarms to supplement my vulnerable...
  4. Equipment/Hardware
    So last year I tried making home made frames. These are simply made from strips of 19mm (3/4") pine boards. The strips I used are 11mm (7/16") For spacers I use 8mm map pins. They work well. Very little propolizing of the pins and a tiny area where frames join, so much easier to separate. It...
  5. Bee Forum
    After doing some research on o/w (oil in water) emulsions it seemed to me that the soy lecithin granules should be incorporated into the oil first... I posed the question to a professional in the food and beverage industry and I received the following reply: There's some experimenting to be...
  6. Equipment/Hardware
    Hello there, beginner beekeeper here. I found two of these along with some Langstroth hives in a barn belonging to a relative. They have been sitting in that barn since at least the year 2000, maybe longer. The gentleman who made or bought these passed away around that time. The last photo...
  7. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I have done a lot of research on bee vacs. I see people sucking bees into buckets, cardboard cylinders, and even old coolers. One thing seems for sure they do suck up bees but the job of re-installing them is still ahead. After playing with a few different ideas it came to me. This bee vac is...
  8. Photo/Video Gallery
    Here is a photo of my homemade queen marking tube. This is made from a pill bottle with a non child-proof cap, a piece of cardboard (single-face corrugated wrap would be nice),a piece of netting, a small slice of light foam rubber, and a piece of paper to dress up the plunger, some...
  9. Bee Forum
    OK- Here is a question, plain and simple... Do you think that a slightly modified patio lantern would work as a bee smoker? You know... the decorative kind that is filled with oil, makes a bunch of smoke and supposedly repels mosquitos.
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