Honey & Beeswax

Light a Smoker

Smoking a beehive allows a beekeeper to work in the hive in relative peace. That’s the reason for the smoke.

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Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps
December 30, 2020 · · Honey & Beeswax

Add to Favorites By Amanda Paul – As we are all aware, plastic is everywhere — in our households, landfills, and even in the deepest depths of the ocean. Beeswax …

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Solar Bleaching Beeswax: The Safest Method for Lighter Wax
December 11, 2020 · · Honey & Beeswax

Solar bleaching, on the other hand, has been around for thousands of years and is still the most common and safest method of bleaching wax with a negligible learning curve, promising a lighter wax on your first attempt with just a few steps to keep in mind.

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How to Make Beeswax Candles
November 17, 2020 · · Honey & Beeswax

Giving homemade holiday gifts is our family tradition. One of my favorite homemade gifts to give is homemade beeswax candles. They are easy, inexpensive, and perfect for neighbors, friends, teachers, and anyone you want to spread cheer to.

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Setting Honey Prices, Labeling, and Marketing Homestead Honey
October 11, 2020 · · Honey & Beeswax

When we first started keeping bees, many friends and family wanted to buy honey from us. In the beginning, we didn’t have any extra, but after a while, we had more than our family could use and we decided to sell some. But we needed to make sure we were selling the honey legally and had a competitive honey price.

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Steps for Successfully Filtering Beeswax
October 8, 2020 · · Honey & Beeswax

When people find out that we are honey bee farming, they always ask about the honey. But bees also produce beeswax and something will need to be done with the beeswax when you harvest honey.

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Should My Supers Be Below the Inner Cover for Winter?

Having the inner cover in the way can block the bees’ pathway and funnel the heat to a small area instead of generally throughout the super. In addition, the retriever bees may have to travel further—first to the opening, then away from it to the food, and then back to the hole, and then back to the cluster.

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Can I Use Honey in a Pail Feeder?

You can try putting honey directly in a pail feeder, but I find it tends to crystallize in the holes after a few days.

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Is My Honey Contaminated?

I bought honey that is likely contaminated with radioactive contaminants. Not sure what to do. It was harvested within 160 miles from Chernobyl and being sold here in U.S.

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How Do I Encourage My Bees to Cap the Frames in the Super?

The bees simply bite off a chunk of wax, mix it with their own saliva, chew it into the right consistency, and then build new comb with it somewhere else in the hive. If later in the season they want to use the frames they borrowed from, they will repair the entire thing such that you can barely see what they did.

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