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  Topic: My first Warré for next season
garbeam

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:27 am   Subject: My first Warré for next season
Hi there,

I plan to start a Warré hive as well next season. I spent about 25 EUR for the wood for this, so a lot cheaper than my glued wood based hTBHs for next season.

The wood for the supers ...
  Topic: Honey produced for sale from hTBHs
garbeam

Replies: 2
Views: 8287

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:20 am   Subject: Honey produced for sale from hTBHs
Hi David,

I guess Wyatt Mangum must sell his hTBH honey, as he claims to run approx. 200 hives.

Cheers,
-garbeam
  Topic: Corner entrance ("diagonal" way)
garbeam

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:51 am   Subject: Corner entrance ("diagonal" way)
Hi there,

now I've finished another hive with the suggested corner entrance: https://goo.gl/photos/wjPVs5cKKYLVPiSX9

-garbeam
  Topic: My basic TBH I/17 for next season.
garbeam

Replies: 2
Views: 7911

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:52 am   Subject: My basic TBH I/17 for next season.
Hi there,

I just finished my basic prototype for next season. The linseed oil finish is not yet applied, but I added some comments to each image to explain the idea behind certain details.

https ...
  Topic: Corner entrance ("diagonal" way)
garbeam

Replies: 5
Views: 7942

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:48 am   Subject: Corner entrance ("diagonal" way)
Hi there,

thanks for your thoughts so far.

@Barbara: that's a good point you raise. Several pictures of diagonal comb arrangements might be related to the lead comb being drawn first based on th ...
  Topic: Corner entrance ("diagonal" way)
garbeam

Replies: 5
Views: 7942

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:08 pm   Subject: Corner entrance ("diagonal" way)
Hi there,

I just started building another new TBH hive and came up with the idea to put the entrance at 45° towards the combs, basically cutting 10mm x 70mm either way around a bottom corner.

As ...
  Topic: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
garbeam

Replies: 28
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:00 am   Subject: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
Biobee - would there be any additional advantage to also applying your idea to the top of the hive? Maybe putting a screened tray on top of the bars, and then filling this tray with a few inches of th ...
  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development
garbeam

Replies: 42
Views: 82472

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:16 am   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development
Hi Barbara,

thanks for your answer!

I'm considering doing an experiment with one of my nucs following the same approach this autumn and winter to check the impact of having no lip around the lid ...
  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development
garbeam

Replies: 42
Views: 82472

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:32 pm   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development
Hi Barbara,

thanks for your quick reply.


I'm not sure of Michael Bush's climate or how he sits the plywood on his hives but I would ensure that, if you opt for this style of roof, the plywood ...
  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development
garbeam

Replies: 42
Views: 82472

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:45 am   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development
Hi there,

I'm in the process of developing two new TBHs. I'm very tempted to create an eco-floor at least for one of them.

For the entrance I'm following the top entrance approach that Michael B ...
  Topic: Pondering about top bar width
garbeam

Replies: 2
Views: 5595

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:15 am   Subject: Pondering about top bar width
Hi there,

second post Wink

I'm pondering about the right top bar width for brood comb spacing. I've read various different books and forum posts that touched the topic, but am really pondering of ...
 
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