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Do-It-Yourself Plans and Prints / Re: Extractor decisions
« Last post by omnimirage on Yesterday at 11:43:11 PM »
Well 100 is more the max I can see myself ever having. I currently have 25 hives. I've done some research and I'm rather blown away by how expensive they are to buy. Holding less than 8 frames seems like not enough. Heck, I'm not sure but even 8 frames seems like a low number, at least 9 frames can do a single super in one go. 8-9 frame spinner will cost me about $1300-1500, if I want to do more 12-20 frames then I need to add a good another $1000 on top. Being a frugal person I'm really reluctant to spend $2000-3000 here, that's a very large proportion of my savings, but I do wonder if the 8-9 frame spinners will be good for me in the longrun.

I don't really know what to look for in a spinner. One concern that I have, is some of my supers have deep honey frames, and some have medium honeyframes. Will I be able to get a spinner that can spin both deeps and mediums?

I've done some internet searching and looked at every extractor available to purchase that's within country. I did some brief searching for overseas products, but they were pretty pricey and I figure the freight would be enormous.

Here are the midrange electric spinners:

http://beekeeping.iwoohoo.com.au/electric-honey-extractors-for-bee-hives/9-frame-electric-honey-extractor-premium-grade/

I'm not sure what radial is, but I don't believe this is a radial extractor; does that matter much? It also doesn't seem to have reserve spinning abilities. This 8 frame one is from the same company:

http://beekeeping.iwoohoo.com.au/electric-honey-extractors-for-bee-hives/8-frame-electric-extractor/

It's a little more costly but does reverse spin and is radial; it looks like it spins a lot faster as well. Will it being 8 frame be an inconvenience compared to 9?

This one is radial doesn't specify if it reverses:

https://www.mydeal.com.au/premium-9-frame-radial-electric-honey-extractor

And then there's this one, I'm aversive to buying it though because the company screwed me around with a beesuit that I bought from them:

https://www.beekeepinggear.com.au/product-page/electric-honey-extractor-eight-frames


I found this:

http://www.beesource.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/20frext.pdf

I'm not sure how good the final product will be and really unsure where to find a suitable drum for it.
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Any and Every Thing / Re: A couple of Birthdays.
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Yesterday at 09:44:28 PM »
Congratulations on another year!
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Do-It-Yourself Plans and Prints / Re: Extractor decisions
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Yesterday at 09:42:41 PM »
I would use nothing but stainless steel.  40-100 hives?  Electric for sure.
I don't approve of the crush and strain method.  Your bees have to start all over building comb.  That precious time could have been collecting honey and storing it into existing comb.  That means more honey for you!
I have to agree with Perry.  The time spent designing and building an extractor could be spent working your bees.
Are you an engineer or a beekeeper?   ;)
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Products Of The Hive / Re: Market stand!
« Last post by Perry on Yesterday at 04:35:42 PM »
I would start off with just a few varieties, figure out what moves, and run with those.

Small votive (think skep) are a good seller. I like this one because one mold does 3 skeps. https://www.mannlakeltd.com/shop-all-categories/candle-wine-and-soap-making/candle-making/candle-flex-molds/beehive-votive-set-of-3
We charge $3 each.

Tapers (10") sell well. https://www.mannlakeltd.com/shop-all-categories/candle-wine-and-soap-making/candle-making/candle-flex-molds/10-quot-25-40-cm-taper
We charge $7 a pair.

Beeswax bars for people that want to make their own lip balm and hand lotions. https://www.mannlakeltd.com/shop-all-categories/candle-wine-and-soap-making/candle-making/candle-flex-molds/1-oz-28-34-g-five-pack-beeswax
We charge $2 each.

You could also include some pillars, but you have to charge enough (more wax) that it dissuades some folks.  https://www.mannlakeltd.com/shop-all-categories/candle-wine-and-soap-making/candle-making/candle-flex-molds/3-cylinder We charge $18.
https://www.mannlakeltd.com/shop-all-categories/candle-wine-and-soap-making/candle-making/candle-flex-molds/6-cylinder We charge $28.

T-lites are a no brainer, probably our best money maker. At $1.25 a piece and only using a half ounce of wax..... :) (think $31 a lb.)
We buy those from a different supplier, and we avoid the metal cups and go with the poly-carbonate ones instead, they look much nicer. We buy 500 cups and 500 pre-tabbed wicks at a go and will probably go with 1,000 next time.
http://www.wicksandwax.com/tealight%20candle%20cups.htm
http://www.wicksandwax.com/tabbed%20wicks.htm
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Products Of The Hive / Re: Market stand!
« Last post by gtrr4 on Yesterday at 03:34:51 PM »
Perry....any suggestions on a first go with candles?  I have now a good build-up of wax and would like to start making candles.  Should I start with a certain size and grow the variety?  Or start with a good variety?  I like the picture idea, any good pictures of those?
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Laugh A Little / Re: It's a JEEP THING!
« Last post by brooksbeefarm on Yesterday at 03:17:38 PM »
That tears me up, :laugh: :laugh: a squirt driving a Jeep with a Ooga Horn :yes:  :laugh: :laugh: Sorry little buddy i have this picture in my head.Ooga,Ooga, Ooga. :D Jack.
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Any and Every Thing / Re: A couple of Birthdays.
« Last post by neillsayers on Yesterday at 12:09:38 PM »
Happy B-day guys! :)
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Laugh A Little / Re: It's a JEEP THING!
« Last post by Lburou on Yesterday at 11:03:13 AM »
Having moved from BC to NS, those pictures remind me of how much I miss mountains. Thanks lee
I know what you mean Perry.  :)
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Laugh A Little / Re: It's a JEEP THING!
« Last post by Lburou on Yesterday at 11:00:19 AM »
Quote from: riverbee
...some of the repairs:
don't open your door in a high wind, the wind will rip your door check strap from the frame of the door and yank the bolt right out with it............
$119
Something you learn very young living in Wyoming.  I learned to walk leaning into the wind.  After moving to Texas, I found myself unconsciously leaning into a wind that wasn't blowing.   :yes:  :laugh:
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Laugh A Little / Re: It's a JEEP THING!
« Last post by Lburou on Yesterday at 10:57:05 AM »
Any four wheel drive is expensive to operate and maintain.  An expensive luxury (4X4) that I seldom used.  That Durango went around several of those descending curves on three wheels, it had a long, rigid frame.  Not a warm and fuzzy feeling.  A Jeep went off that very road the next week, killing the occupants.  Four wheeling has its hazards, but fun for adrenalin junkies.  ;)
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