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BlueBee
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« Reply #120 on: February 28, 2013, 01:12:49 AM »

I’ve been heating a couple of weak hives now for 13 days.  They’re snowed in, but I’ve been feeding them 1:1 syrup and tap water.  So far they’re looking good, but I won’t really know how it’s going for at least 21+ days.  We had record heat last March, but so far we’re running about normal this year.

My heaters are 36watts.  I'll turn down the wattage when our day temperatures exceed the freezing point.

With Edwards 100watt heater I could probably bake cookies in my hive   grin
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« Reply #121 on: February 28, 2013, 02:04:17 AM »

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You said that you heat small colonies and with 36W


I have over 30 heaters and they are 6-15W.
15W cable is cheapest.  They are waterproof terrarium heaters and are on bottom.

heating+syrup helps nothing.

Yes, I have seen what heating do to spring build up. Some of my hives are in woods without heating and some are in my cottage yard.
I have see the brood amounts and build up difference.

Of course I need to do, but I do because I have all tools and electric 10-20 yards from hives



Most of all, I have seen what warm hive means to a hive during spring.  Day temps may be  +15C but nights are under freezing point.
These findings have nothing to do with theoretical calculations.

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« Reply #122 on: February 28, 2013, 02:08:43 AM »


I'll turn down the wattage when our day temperatures exceed the freezing point.


That makes no sense
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