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. ;)