I can see how that would be a lot harder... how do you know where to cut the log without sawing through the middle of the hive?
Well, it was really a guess. I listened to the log to see where I could hear bees, but the log was pretty thick, so that was not certain. I also listened at the ends of the log, where I could hear bee activity at one end, but not the other. I looked at the crack and tried to figure out where the void was likely to be widest. I thought of drilling, but I would have needed an 18" long bit. So, I went with my gut and it turned out to be right this time.
Hey Bill, you can probably get by without a generator by using an inverter hooked up to your truck battery, this is what I do.
Thanks, JP. Now on my purchase list.
That group of pics will be great to show some of the school groups. If you don't mind.
Sure thing. There are full-sized versions in the Photos section, under Removals 2008.
How nice for the loggers to call for someone instead of letting them die!
They were hoping for honey, which I was happy to share with them, but unfortunately, while I got a lot, it is full of dead bees, brood, and rotted wood. I'm not sure I'm going to have much for them. I may have to give them some of my private stock so that they remember to call me again next time.
Lucky for you the equipment was there to manipulate, saving your back & possibly other injury, also helping things go quickly, good for both humans & bees!
I really don't think I would have attempted it if they wouldn't have done the cutting. I have only used a small chainsaw for small jobs around my property. A three foot diameter log is a whole different experience. 50,000 angry bees don't scare me, but 36" chain saws do.