The Back to Basics Beekeepers welcome spring every
April with a Smoker Lighting Contest. We compare favorite fuels
for ignition ease, scent, sustainability and cost. Most fuels
were scavenged; pine needles, dryer lint, rotted elm tree, twine,
etc. The only purchased fuel was pellets, and they proved superior
in sustaining smoke.
Eves Cadwallader demonstrated how to install nucs
into hive bodies; the club had 70 nucs humming away in the back
of pickups as we planned our strategies.
Plastic frame boxes for cut comb honey.
Eves Cadwallader and Dean Kanselaar inspect the
cutting edge technology of cut comb honey; plastic frame boxes.
The club will probably try some of them. What is beekeeping, after
all, if not a big experiment?
Submitted by Joan Boer
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Please note that Gordon Powell, the IHPA Treasurer,
will be on vacation from June 12th to June 27th. If you need to
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can reply. You can also check the IHPA Contacts list online at
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could answer your questions.