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Author Topic: How to Keep bees on a Shoe string Buget.  (Read 1377 times)
divemaster1963
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« on: November 11, 2011, 09:17:36 PM »

Just thought people would like to see how I beekeep on a tight budget.




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I made this smoker from 2 large size bean cans and bellows from parts of a golfcart head rest. I lasts about 1hour with sawdust as fuel.



I made this Frame tool from a broken shaft of a string trimmer and a couple of old springs.




I made the hood from some netting that I had from when i would go camping.
Now I am making my own frames and boxes. I will put up photos of them tomorrow. Let me know what every one thinks of them.

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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2011, 09:24:44 PM »

some of the pics did not load. so let me try it again.



I made this with a piece of steel I had. I bent the end with a 1/2 in. bolt.



This is the frame tool.

I'll post some photos of the frames and boxes I am making from the wood I have plained from trees I took down this summer.

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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2011, 09:52:41 PM »

Pretty darned cool. Just goes to show you what a little innovation and creative thinking will do for you. Check your PM
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2011, 10:08:47 PM »

100% cool
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2011, 10:11:41 PM »

Made in the USA grin

Good job

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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2011, 10:23:43 PM »

I tried to get bud to sell me the recipe but we got caught grin. so we had to show what else can be made from there products.
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2011, 06:53:00 PM »

just to update. here are a few other things I have done to save money.



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this is wire rolls I got free from a supplier  I used two to find enough good slats to make one barrel.

then  I made the ends from solid wood tables I got free.




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I was given this old time tablesaw and a edge planer from a old farm. it was going to the dump.



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This is how I power  my shop. I make the windmills from bad ECM motors that are used in AC units. I get them from local suppliers for scrap.. ( hey It runs my saws and lights great.)



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A friend that is in construction let s me use this planer to plane my wood from my Alaskan saw mill.


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This is how I am making My honey house


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Oh You all may get a kick out of this. My wife manted a greenhouse for her plants. so here was my 25.00 dollar solution.



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I got the storm windows from a dealer that was closing down. he gave then to me to get rid of. the wood came from the 16 foot pallets . took 1 weekend to build.
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2011, 10:50:54 PM »

Boy!  I bet you knit contreceptives out of old worn out tires!
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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2011, 11:33:33 PM »

Boy!  I bet you knit contreceptives out of old worn out tires!

Naw. to old for that Brian beat a dead horse. But bias corded tires Thur a commercial tree limb shredder makes Great landscape mulch if cleaned very very good. Cindi
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2011, 01:39:32 AM »

Divemaster, you’re a jack of all trades aren’t you!  Nice work.

So are your windmills generating AC power directly or are you feeding DC in the battery pack and then using an inverter?
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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2011, 01:32:42 PM »

They are producing DC power into a 60 amp charge controller that charges a set of 8 year old used Gem Electric car batteries then into a 5000 watt inverter that I traded a guy in Arizona 3 ECM motors for. that powers 90 percent of the stuff in my shop. I have a 15 year old 2000 watt generator that I saved from the scrap yard to power the tools that have to high of a initial draw to start up.

Necessity is the mother of invention. grin

John
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