Coffee 3-18-2017

Re: Coffee 3-18-2017

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat. Mar. 18, 2017 10:40 am

Morning all - great breakfast and conversation.

blrman07 wrote:Pulled a boo boo last night and forgot to give the Vig it's nightly feeding. .... I came down this morning to a feeble glow right in the center of the ash that I immediately recognized as the glow of death.


Larry, I can relate...the Mark I in DK's man cave is out for the year. I wasn't feeling so well last night and fell asleep before tending the stoves. The Mark II was still going strong this AM but not so the Mark I. It didn't even have the "glow of death." I poked at it a little saw red but there was nothing I could do so it's gone. Oh well, this is going to be the last weekend anyway. We're forecast to be in the mid to high 50s for highs and nothing below 40 overnight for the next couple of weeks. Even so, we are bound to have a couple of cooler nights since our last chance of frost is 17 April. No matter, I'm going to spend the weekend burning up the partially open bags I have laying around and when it's gone, I'm done until Oct.

On the other hand, the bees have apparently made it through the winter. They have been flying anytime it's gotten about 50*. I'll be going in the hive later today if the Sun comes out to check on their food supplies.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, Lisa
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Re: Coffee 3-18-2017

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Sat. Mar. 18, 2017 10:57 am

Oh well, thought I was getting ready to get the stove go. I guess not and it needs a service and clean out about three times a season so here we go. I guess another year when I failed entry into the one match club. For those owners of Anthraking AK series I can tell you it's well worth cleaning out.
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Re: Coffee 3-18-2017

PostBy: McGiever On: Sat. Mar. 18, 2017 11:25 am

Lisa and all,
GMorning to everyone. :D
About the weather here and my bees...
The bee report is not good here for my hives. I lost 4 out of 5.
I should not say the losses are all weather related, but it didn't do many favors either.

I just might of lost the 1 survivor hive if I hadn't moved a box (super) over and added it on top of the survivor hive. I lifted the lid yesterday to have a quick peak and the bees looked to be occuping that added box and feeding off the honey that was there.
We have had some clear enough sky days but rarely warm and calm enough to have much if any bee flight/forage time.

I plan to add yet another honey super from one of the dead hives over onto this one live hive at next opportunity. This live hive has had alot of brood raising going on during earlier milder weather...lot of mouths to feed. Starvation will kill still many colonies, even the ones that make it this far toward the spring bloom. We beekeepers can help to keep our managed hives alive 'sometimes some', but feral colonies are another story...only the strongest shall survive.

I have ordered 2 Buckfast Queens and hope to make a couple 'splits' off my one hive, and usually can pick up a few 'swarms' by removal calls aswell and recoup my winter colony losses. ;)

Might not be much surplus honey for this year. :roll:
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Re: Coffee 3-18-2017

PostBy: joeq On: Sat. Mar. 18, 2017 4:46 pm

Interesting Larry. I just saw an episode of "Shark Tank", and an entrepreneur was trying to real in an investor on his hobby/business, which was building wooden bee hives. He mentioned how much influence bees have on our food supply, and how important our survival is on "their" survival. I'm not sure how popular the residential public sees this as a hobby, but it sure has me interested in more info. Have you been doing this long?
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Stove/Furnace Model: oil fired

Re: Coffee 3-18-2017

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat. Mar. 18, 2017 5:38 pm

McGiever wrote:Lisa and all,
GMorning to everyone. :D
About the weather here and my bees...
The bee report is not good here for my hives. I lost 4 out of 5.
I should not say the losses are all weather related, but it didn't do many favors either.


Sorry to hear about the bee situation. Overall, it's not that good here either. The other beekeepers in the area are reporting total loss of their hives. Everyone is scrambling to order packages of new bees.

I'm going to take this to the bee page. Check out the ongoing bee saga there. Lisa
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Re: Coffee 3-18-2017

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat. Mar. 18, 2017 6:42 pm

Greetings and Salutations,Gang ! :dancing:

Been snowing most of the day here. Nothing causing much of an accumulation,but just a little literal icing on the cake for my first weekend off in some time. It's great to be Home !

St. Patty's was in,on and gone before I knew it,and I'm just holding out for the Lights and water to turn on at the Bay this coming Mid-April ! It'll be my 50th year of the Privilege of being there,so I can't wait ! Bring It,Bring It On !! :up:
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
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Re: Coffee 3-18-2017

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue. Mar. 21, 2017 6:56 pm

There is still coffee in the pot...

A few pictures from this week. First is on the shore of Lake Champlain in Chazy, looking at the green mountains in Vermont. Second is in Alburg, Vermont after a cold night and bright sunrise.
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Re: Coffee 3-18-2017

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Tue. Mar. 21, 2017 7:09 pm

Looks like the ice is breaking up Rob.

Rick
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Re: Coffee 3-18-2017

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue. Mar. 21, 2017 7:12 pm

It is in that spot and in the channel, the bays are still frozen solid.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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