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  Topic: How I Built Our hTBH's On The Very Cheap
stevecook172001

Replies: 1
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:34 pm   Subject: How I Built Our hTBH's On The Very Cheap
Made from bits of other stuff.... Excellent.

A man after my own heart...Smile
  Topic: Facinating documentary about "mad" honey
stevecook172001

Replies: 0
Views: 514

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Wed May 10, 2017 10:03 pm   Subject: Facinating documentary about "mad" honey
These people are quite amizing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_b2i_FvYPw
  Topic: final proof: human prescence in America 130.000 years ago.
stevecook172001

Replies: 2
Views: 1798

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:23 pm   Subject: final proof: human prescence in America 130.000 years ago.
The evidence is of some form of hominid. But, that could be any of our closest, but now extinct, relatives. Neanderthal, for example
  Topic: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
stevecook172001

Replies: 13
Views: 2969

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:13 am   Subject: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Phil

In financial terms, is this forum cost negative, cost neutral or cost positive for you?

That is to say, after taking into account both the cost of the hosting service plus the cost of your ...
  Topic: TBH materials, Merbau?
stevecook172001

Replies: 16
Views: 4759

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:44 pm   Subject: TBH materials, Merbau?
Ok - I have just had a read up on this wood and it is listed a "mild irritant" to humans". Especially humans who have allergenic tendencies. Other than that, nothing nasty to report. So ...
  Topic: TBH materials, Merbau?
stevecook172001

Replies: 16
Views: 4759

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:38 pm   Subject: TBH materials, Merbau?
Most tropical redwoods (sapele, mahogany etc), are slightly poisonous if ingested by humans. I am guessing, as others have said, that this is a natural insect resistance in the tree. That being the ca ...
  Topic: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
stevecook172001

Replies: 6
Views: 985

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:38 pm   Subject: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
I have a Warre hive. I have a cavity on the top of it that I fill with coarse sawdust. If you were to do something similar and yours is a kenyan top bar hive, then you would need to make some kind of ...
  Topic: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
stevecook172001

Replies: 13
Views: 2969

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:48 am   Subject: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
I'd certainly chuck some money into the pot
  Topic: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
stevecook172001

Replies: 13
Views: 2969

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:42 pm   Subject: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Hi Phillip.

On the one hand, for myself, I most certainly would not want this forum to be wrapped up. As a previous poster just said, I come on here at least two or three times a week. But, only p ...
  Topic: papier mache hive
stevecook172001

Replies: 5
Views: 3214

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:35 pm   Subject: papier mache hive
No reason in principle, I guess, why it should not work. but, you would need to use some kind of waterproof glue/resin with the paper or it would fall apart in the first rainfall. The cost of such glu ...
  Topic: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
stevecook172001

Replies: 22
Views: 18650

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:12 am   Subject: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
This very design was discussed on here some months back, if I remember correctly.

I'd like to see how they stop these bars from toppling over in the early days of comb building where they will be t ...
  Topic: New petition direct to Government
stevecook172001

Replies: 10
Views: 9977

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:28 pm   Subject: New petition direct to Government
Such petitions make no difference in the end. Sorry, but that's the truth of it. They make make the petitioners feel better, but that is the limit of their success.

In short, making appeals, within ...
  Topic: Identify an odd bee?
stevecook172001

Replies: 4
Views: 5577

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:33 pm   Subject: Identify an odd bee?
I would think it was a species of solitary bee making its living according to its evolutionary niche. As per previous poster, it sounds like it was a male defending territory in order to attract a fem ...
  Topic: Advice on mead please
stevecook172001

Replies: 18
Views: 19301

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:13 pm   Subject: Advice on mead please
Oh, you don't need camden tablets to avoid exploding bottles. Just leaving the mead to fully ferment out prior to bottling will be sufficient for that. Though, in that regard, I would definitely recom ...
  Topic: Advice on mead please
stevecook172001

Replies: 18
Views: 19301

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:19 am   Subject: Advice on mead please
There is one other thing I should have mentioned Barbara. You should invest in some camden tablets (potassium or sodium metabisulfite). These are brilliant for inhibiting any wild yeasts and/or other ...
  Topic: Advice on mead please
stevecook172001

Replies: 18
Views: 19301

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:23 pm   Subject: Advice on mead please
Hi Barbara.

Bread yeast is absolutely fine for making any alcohol up to about 13% max and 10% easily. If the sugar content of your liquid implies a potential alcohol level of more than around 10%, ...
  Topic: how ??
stevecook172001

Replies: 1
Views: 3168

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:03 pm   Subject: how ??
You need to upload the picture/s to a free hosting site, such as Photobucket etc.

In Photobucket's case, there is an option to copy and paste a special piece of code for the image, that you would t ...
  Topic: Membership pending
stevecook172001

Replies: 2
Views: 3181

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:36 pm   Subject: Membership pending
Hi there, I'll look into it for you.
  Topic: Honey extraction via blender?
stevecook172001

Replies: 4
Views: 3512

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:47 pm   Subject: Honey extraction via blender?
I am going to be what I suspect is sacrilegious here and ask why it is not possible to simply break up honeycomb into small bits such that the honey can easily escape from it and stick the lot it in ...
  Topic: Australian scientists may have solved the mystery of bee col
stevecook172001

Replies: 3
Views: 3888

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:20 pm   Subject: Australian scientists may have solved the mystery of bee col
Goodness me, that's a sad read.
  Topic: Bee's wax products
stevecook172001

Replies: 2
Views: 5303

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:01 pm   Subject: Bee's wax products
Recipe for beeswax polish from beeswax, linseed oil and turpentine:

1. Bring 1 pint of linseed oil to a hot state in a regular sauce pan. Do not allow the linseed oil to burn, or it will add a dark ...
  Topic: Best type of Bee
stevecook172001

Replies: 17
Views: 14543

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:47 pm   Subject: Best type of Bee
I'd generally go with the local bee argument. But, I am not really fussed either way. I don't keep bees for the purpose of maximising honey production. It just stands to reason that, in terms of bee s ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
stevecook172001

Replies: 57
Views: 106993

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:31 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
Charlie, the lack of correspondence between your two readings may be subject to exactly the same bias as could be the case if they did correspond. In other words, the results are arguably invalid in a ...
  Topic: The Russian Scion
stevecook172001

Replies: 25
Views: 32417

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:37 am   Subject: The Russian Scion
Narrow wooden ribs going from one side to the other stuck to the underside, effectively making it "corrugated". Lengths of 1cm thick rope could be stuck to the underside as ribs instead of u ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
stevecook172001

Replies: 57
Views: 106993

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:43 am   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
So, you are pacing out a 40' by 40' rough quadrilateral from two opposite sides and then comparing the results of your two pacings to see if they correspond in terms of the places in the quadrilateral ...
  Topic: The Russian Scion
stevecook172001

Replies: 25
Views: 32417

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:37 am   Subject: The Russian Scion
Thank you Colin. Beautifully explained.
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
stevecook172001

Replies: 57
Views: 106993

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:34 am   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
A. John Harding’s thesis, that bees thrive extraordinarily well if their hives are placed on Hartmann Grid intersections,bears examination.
Just because something is called a thesis does not confer u ...
  Topic: The Russian Scion
stevecook172001

Replies: 25
Views: 32417

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:39 pm   Subject: The Russian Scion
Brilliant, and yet so blindingly obvious. Which is why it is so brilliant.
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
stevecook172001

Replies: 57
Views: 106993

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:29 am   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited

But there's a great deal of anecdotal evidence that some sort of grid exists, and that it can be detected and delineated by many ordinary, simple people (like me) using ordinary simple tools. Lackin ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
stevecook172001

Replies: 57
Views: 106993

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:09 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
I think that's an excellent suggestion Andy and, speaking personally, I have no objections if people who share a commonly held non-scientific belief wish to discuss aspects of it without it being cons ...
 
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