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Carriage House Farm
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« on: March 21, 2008, 09:35:23 AM »

I think I had mentioned it once and admittedly I finished it about a month ago, I was just lazy in getting photos taken.

Anyways, I read on a website how someone had built a clear bee vac using rubbermaid style storage containers.

I decided to give it a try.  When I build a better one, its going to be made of clear cut plexi glued together like a fish tank.  Far too many curves, imperfections, and flex to measure and cut properly, so a whole lot of clear silicone caulk was used to help correct "errors".

Its an ugly son-of-gun but it seems to work the way it should.  I have built three capture boxes and have flaps to go over the "filling" hole.  As fragile as it looks, its fairly robust.  At each entry for hose there is an invisible collar of clear plastic tabs to further support the hose connectors.  I've dropped it a couple times accidentally with now breaks or failures.  The "draft increase" tab works well too, allowing me to dial down the amount of air pulling the bees in.

SO here are the pics:

We'll see if it sucks up bees as well as it sucks up shaving from jointer.   grin

I'll post more pics when I use it...very soon.  Just waiting on night time temps to pick up a bit.

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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2008, 11:26:55 AM »


Nifty idea!  Nice Job.

One word of caution though is to make sure you keep it out of the sun.  Even with my double walled wooded bee vac I have to be careful about the sun.   It doesn't take long for the bees to over heat,  and it is one of those things you don't even think about until it is too late.  So much going thru your head during a removal it is easy to overlook.


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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2008, 08:22:33 PM »

There is some serious silicon there. That is darn nice.



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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2008, 09:42:40 PM »

That's nice.  The plastic will make it easy to dump the bees into their new hive.

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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2008, 10:50:08 PM »

Your bee vac sucks  grin

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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2008, 11:06:49 PM »

I like the idea, it looks very light, you can bring it up on a ladder easily. Yes, watch the heat factor and put some good waxy comb scent inside the thing so the bees are more accepting of the silicone and plastic smell, not that they really have a choice. Now, go fill that thing with bees, but not too many.


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