Just wanted to post a recommendation for Biermann's vaporizer. I got mine a month or two ago. It's a quality piece of gear. While I haven't used it yet to treat any hives, I did test the vaporizer with a batch of OA and then water. It's amazing how quickly the process is, and I'm excited to get through my hives in 30-45 minutes instead of 2-3 hours.
I've already put the treatment holes in the backs of my hives (and plugged them with shortened gold tees)--that part of the process was easy too, so don't let it stop you from using one of these quick vaporizers.
I am falling in love with your vaporizer! As its cold up your way and you can't do a video treating live bees I thought I should give it a try. So here is 15 hives in 14 minutes including me shocking my butt on the 10,000 volt electric fence. I hope that this is helpful for anyone considering buying one.
A few notes...
1. my voice is terrible behind my organic vapor mask with a sticky valve. Darth vader
2. Working one handed with a cellphone in the other is not easy! I am sorry for the jerky video but I wanted to treat like I normally do. My first time working while recording.
3. the digital display on the vaporizer looks totally fine to the human eye but my cellphone video shows it as flashing.
4. I misspoke in the video i said that its 1/3 the speed when I meant to say that it takes 1/3 the time to treat compared to using two wand vaporizers.
4. My apologies if I pronounced your name wrong.
My 1st xt I did it that way, had no issue with bending the spout, not near as much leverage, even with the heat, as it is doing it thru the holes I have now in the back. I did notice some paint melt on the landing board, so will use a metal shim between the unit and landing board if I ever use the front entrance again.
Oh come on five minutes of my handheld video would make any head spin. My bottom boards stick out several inches so I set the unit on that and slide the tube in the entrance reducer as far as possible so that the pressure on the tube is as close to your weld as possible. For me its critical to be able to step away while its running to load more caps and open and close entrances. I treated 53 hives without stopping.
We purchased a Provap a couple of years ago. It works well and have not had any real issues with it. We decides it would be nice to have a second until to speed things up and as a backup source as well. We purchased one of these OA Vapp units and have not had the chance to use it yet. I must say I am very pleased with the construction of it. Its construction is far better than the Provap we are using. They will both be getting a workout this spring so we will compare them again at that time.
Fellow Keeper, VAPers
I just ordered a full face mask for use with VAPing. 30 day delivery window.
So FYI order a mask if you need one prior to the season.
Seems the current "Scare" has these in short supply
Joerg, I demonstrated your vaporizer in a video I just posted. The relevant footage runs from 13:54 through 22:25. If you'd like I'd be happy to post a link in the video description for people to check out your product. (For the record, I do NOT want any kickback.)
Another happy customer here- I received the vaporizer from Joerg today just in time for my fall treatment start. It worked fine right out of the box (I did a couple of dry runs and one with water just to clean any residue) and I treated 10 hives in a fraction of time it would have taken me when using the wand. Also this allowed me to treat the nucs that don't have entrance hole big enough for wand head. The best part is that I can do it from the back of the hives without having to stand in the fly path of the angry bees that find the entrance closed. Silicone plugs are very easy to insert and remove without any tools, temperature control is spot on. Plus it is made in Canada, happy to support local businesses! Thank you, Joerg!
I received mine last week, and used it today for the first time. It worked as expected and hoped. I treated 22 hives in less than an hour, including the time needed to move the unweildy generator around. The biggest problem was said generator, everything else worked fine!
I treated 7 of the hives from the back through a drilled hole, and the other 15 through the entrance. Next time they will all be treated through the back, it is a much better way to go.
Question - on the 7 I treated from the back, I have a slatted rack installed, so I just drilled the hole in the rack. Without the rack, do most people drill in the lower box, between the two center frames? it seems like all the the OAV would simply coat the seam in the middle, and little would disperse throughout the hive. Or am I missing something?
I use double deeps and drill a 1/4" hole in the center at the bottom of the top box. The vapor disperses nicely through the whole hive. I also believe the bees move the crystals of the OA around, but I am not the expert on this.
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