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Hi Guys, I am still working on the backlog of orders that I have on the books and hope to have them all completed soon before leaving on my vacation. There have been a flood of enquiries by email that are still coming in daily and I have been notifying those beekeepers that I am not taking orders until January 2020 so the story below still applies and I hope we can try to catch up when I get back.


I would like to thank the members of Beesource for the support that I have received over the past year on orders for the Easy Vap and Easy Vap Pro. Unfortunately at this stage I have to ask my fellow beekeepers to not place any further orders until I have cleared up the backlog of orders that I have at present. I hope to have done so by mid November but as I will be visiting my family in Australia and New Zealand from mid November until mid December I will probably only start taking orders again from January 2020 (if the Lord is willing and the creek dont rise). I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding.
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Congrats on producing such a popular product Johno!! :thumbsup:
 

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Thanks OT, we will be in Aukland on the 2nd and 3rd of December so I will PM you and get your contact number.
 

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Curious as to where people are locating the hole in the back of their hives? Sounds like the top of the bottom deep is the best
place, but interested to hear what people have done? Thanks!

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Curious as to where people are locating the hole in the back of their hives? Sounds like the top of the bottom deep is the best
place, but interested to hear what people have done? Thanks!

Jared
I drilled mine in the filler board of the bottom board opposite the entrance reducer. I don't think it matters though, because as with a pan type device as soon as the oav begins rising the bees start vigorously fanning.
The top of the bottom brood box would probably be more convenient for the beekeeper. The location would need to be precise.

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Should you drill your hole in the brood box, you'll probably end up shooting the OA directly into a sidebar, not what you want to do. Either drill the hole in the bottom board or in a shim/rim set above.
 

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I do like Alex and have my hole in the bottom board filler strip. My hives are 18" off the ground so that position is not hard for me to work with. If your hives are on pallets, I would go through a top shim. The band heater style vaporizer does an excellent job of dispersing the OA crystals throughout the hive so location, high or low, isn't a big factor.
 

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I have slatted racks under my hive bodies and drilled my holes under the slats. My holes are just big enough for the tube, smaller than 1/4" and plug with a golf tee. Have 2 of the EasyVaps and well pleased with the ease of vaporizing my hives.
 

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Should you drill your hole in the brood box, you'll probably end up shooting the OA directly into a sidebar, not what you want to do. Either drill the hole in the bottom board or in a shim/rim set above.
if you drill your hole in the crack between two brood boxes, you go above the bottom frames and below the top frames, and especially in cold weather the vapor comes out the entrance and out the top, only ever had a problem once where the bees had put a barrier of propolis at that exact spot, not sure why they did it.
 

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If you guys look at the video on the first post you will see that I have made the 1/4" hole in the top brood box in the center of the frame rest as close to the top edge as I can get with the hole sloping upwards at about 30 degrees. The vaporizer outlet comes into the hive between the two center frame top bars and the vapor goes in above the edges of the center side bars as they are set back from the edge. I also keep a short phillips screwdriver with my OAV kit and make sure that I clear the holes of propolis before treating. I have also found that by using a small brush that I purchased from Ace hardware to wipe the inside of the bowl after each treatment as I move from the treated hive to the next in line keeps my sublimation time to a minimum as just the slightest layer of oxidization on the bottom of the bowl makes a difference 20191028_192114.jpg
 

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What's the general opinion here on very late, Winter - extremely cold weather OAV treatment?

In my area, temps will not be above 43F, and will be below freezing at night.

I've seen others recommend December treatments, but is there any assurance that such a late winter treatment won't kill the bees?
 

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What's the general opinion here on very late, Winter - extremely cold weather OAV treatment?

In my area, temps will not be above 43F, and will be below freezing at night.

I've seen others recommend December treatments, but is there any assurance that such a late winter treatment won't kill the bees?
It is unlikely to harm the bees. It should not, but then again putting a heated wand in the Hive full of acid always carries at least some risk.

That said, sometime mid December, I will be treating mine. It has worked well so far for me.
 

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I believe the general consensus on OAV is to not apply it below 40°F as the bees will be too tightly clustered. At worst it will simply be ineffective. On a sunny day with temps at 40 or above, I would go ahead. In fact, I think I will. My Nov. treatment is due first nice weekend day we get.
 

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Just a message to thank John for an amazing bit of kit. The vaporizer works perfectly and treating all my hive was a stroll in the park. I live in Scotland and john couldn't be more obliging through the whole process even though we work on a different voltage this side of the pond. I will be highly recommending him to everyone. All that and for more than reasonable price.

Many thanks again

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Hi Reno, not just yet as I am still struggling through the backlog of orders. There could also be another problem on the horizon, the corona viris in China is causing many factories to shut down so with the temperature controllers again increasing in price and harder to come by there could be a problem down the line.
 

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Johno,
I received mine a couple weeks ago and have been so busy I neglected to thank you. It arrived in a timely manner in perfect condition. Eager to use it this coming season. I would recommend it to anyone. :)
 

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Hi Reno, not just yet as I am still struggling through the backlog of orders. There could also be another problem on the horizon, the corona viris in China is causing many factories to shut down so with the temperature controllers again increasing in price and harder to come by there could be a problem down the line.
Thank you John. I understand. I will keep monitoring this list and hope this virus is quickly contained, though it looks like it is here to stay.
 

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Reno310 and any others who are looking to get onto my list, I have not yet caught up but you can start emailing me to get on the list. There will be a delay of around 4 weeks before I can deliver. Email to [email protected].
 
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