Geese in a row | Dangerous Beekeeping Weblog

We’ve had strangely gentle climate for September and October in Calgary. The warmth gave us an opportunity to wash up some unusual bits of beeswax – and switch them into geese.

I purchased this melter, constructed by way of Uncle Lee’s Bees in Calgary, a few years in the past. It temporarily builds a top temperature. It’s simple to load and blank. Very gentle to transport. Simple to retailer over wintry weather. I in finding it exhausting to consider that it used to be designed, produced, and offered for only some hundred greenbacks. (You’ll be able to purchase one from Employee and Hive in Calgary.) Alternatively, it will take a passion beekeeper a couple of years of wax gross sales to earn the $335CAN ($260US) that it price. However that’s no longer the purpose. Generating nice-quality wax and doing it cleanly, successfully, the use of the solar’s power – and no longer at the kitchen range! – is the true level. We discovered that this melter took the drive off the kitchen, saved bowls and cutlery from being destroyed, and stored on our electrical invoice.

It may be pricey operating an electrical or steam-powered wax melter – and albeit, a waste of power and cash. In fact, there’s some power enter within the manufacture and supply of this unit (glass, insulation, steel, plastics, supply vehicles) however there are identical prices in any melter. At maximum, I might make a large bet that when labour and benefit to the producer and store, there could be $40 in precise power bills development and handing over this sun wax melter. That’s a pair greenbacks a yr over the life of this melter. All of the different power wishes are provided by way of the solar.

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This melter gained’t be for everybody. Not anything ever is. And if all of us beloved the similar factor, we’d all be married to my grandmother, as my grandfather used to be. However if you’re on the lookout for a method to flip cappings into geese, that is it.

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist running on the College of Calgary. He’s additionally a geophysicist and does just a little of science writing and running a blog. Ron has labored as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He is primarily based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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