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Cleaning out an old hive

 
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DrTeeth
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Location: NE Louisiana

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:51 pm    Post subject: Cleaning out an old hive Reply with quote

A guy I know is moving and is giving me an old top bar that has been vacant for a couple of years. I'd like to start using it. What's the best way to clean it before introducing a new colony of bees?
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madasafish
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowlamp inside and burn all topbars.
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trekmate
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowlamp to scorch to the point where the wood just starts to change colour. No need to char!
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Kit_McConnico
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Burns-o-matic torch with the blue bottle will do nicely. Get the one with the trigger starter for ease at Lowes or Home Depot.

I use it for everything.
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