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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:11 am 
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Looks like that took some work. I'm sure the bees will appreciate the nectar, though. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Going off the grid
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Looks like that took some work. I'm sure the bees will appreciate the nectar, though. :D


We pulled stumps for 3.5 hours before a hydraulic hose went bad. We still have a few more hours left to finish. In the mean time, I've been building more hive stands and installing more bees!

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 Post subject: Re: Going off the grid
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Do you open the box of bees inside their new home, or do they just naturally go for it?

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Do you open the box of bees inside their new home, or do they just naturally go for it?


We open the package and remove the queen. We put the queen cage inside the hive first, then we dump the bees over the queen and close up the hive. They will then exit the hive through the front entrance and orient themselves. Bees have like a built-in GPS system.

I got more hive stands built.

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Also, started cleaning up more of the property

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With the help of my wife, we were able to load some of the bigger stumps by hand and haul them off.

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Looking good!


Thanks!

The bees are happy in their new home.

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Your interesting bee saga reminded me of someone I used to work with, who moved to southern Utah to raise Queen Bees and other stuff.

http://www.queenbees.redstone.farm/index.html

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Your interesting bee saga reminded me of someone I used to work with, who moved to southern Utah to raise Queen Bees and other stuff.

http://www.queenbees.redstone.farm/index.html


Thanks for the link. I was able to connect with him yesterday and exchange a few email.

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We've made a few changes to the house plans. Now they will be sent for the structural engineering review, calculations, and stamping. This is the final product:

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That looks beautiful. 8)

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The mower broke down last fall. I didn't take the opportunity to get it repaired since winter was right around the corner. This spring we loaded the mower and took it to John Deere for a diagnoses and repair. The tech told us that the ethanol in the gas had caused corrosion in the starting solenoid unit (apparently this is very common). From this point on, we will be using 100% pure gasoline. The nearest location that carries non-ethanol fuel is an hour away. We filled four X 5 gallon gas cans (20 gallons) in preparation for the summer.

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Been using ethanol free for a few years now in the mowers, chainsaw and weedeaters, everything seems to run the same but with a lot less carb and fuel line problems.


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How big is the new house? Looks to be roughly 40x60 without the decks

I like the design, very much like what I built. I had to work within a 1000 sqft footprint. mine is 24x36, walkout basement and with the windows facing west across the lake.

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 Post subject: Re: Going off the grid
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BillyP wrote:
Been using ethanol free for a few years now in the mowers, chainsaw and weedeaters, everything seems to run the same but with a lot less carb and fuel line problems.


I switched to MotoMix that Stihl sells for my chainsaws. It comes in a can, is non-ethanol 92 octane, has a 7 year shelf life unopened, and a 2 year shelf life after being opened. You're smart for using ethanol free fuel in your equipment. It could reduce costly repairs.

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How big is the new house? Looks to be roughly 40x60 without the decks.


It looks big, but it's not. The interior footprint is 28 X 40 which means 1,120 square feet in the basement, 1,120 square feet on the main floor, and 690 square feet in the loft. (2,930 total square feet).

The good news is that the bank would like to move on the project before interest rates start to increase. We are waiting for our contractor to bid the house.

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Here's hoping it happens for you soon. :D

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The honey on the left is from Rocky Mountain Bee Plant. As you can see in the photo, it's a very light colored honey. We took a small section of comb and placed it in each jar. I hate to see honeybee season come to a close, but I always enjoy bottling the harvest.

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Over the summer, we spent approximately a month clearing more land, removing stumps, and hauling off pine duff. As you can see in these photos, our work is starting to pay off. This was our first crop of Rocky Mountain Bee Plant!

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Which one is from your harvest? Do use a centrifuge to pull the honey out or just let gravity do the job. I would love to have the land and the time to start beekeeping. Nice work!!

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