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Geese in a row | Unhealthy Beekeeping Weblog


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

I purchased this melter, constructed by Uncle Lee’s Bees in Calgary, a few years in the past. It shortly builds a excessive temperature. It’s straightforward to load and clear. Very gentle to maneuver. Simple to retailer over winter. I discover it exhausting to consider that it was designed, produced, and offered for just some hundred {dollars}. (You should buy one from Employee and Hive in Calgary.) However, it could take a passion beekeeper a couple of years of wax gross sales to earn the $335CAN ($260US) that it price. However that’s not the purpose. Producing nice-quality wax and doing it cleanly, effectively, utilizing the solar’s vitality – and never on the kitchen range! – is the true level. We discovered that this melter took the strain off the kitchen, stored bowls and cutlery from being destroyed, and saved on our electrical invoice.

It may be costly operating an electrical or steam-powered wax melter – and admittedly, a waste of vitality and cash. In fact, there’s some vitality enter within the manufacture and supply of this unit (glass, insulation, steel, plastics, supply vehicles) however there are equal prices in any melter. At most, I might make a large guess that after labour and revenue to the producer and retailer, there could be $40 in precise vitality bills constructing and delivering this photo voltaic wax melter. That’s a pair {dollars} a 12 months over the lifetime of this melter. All the opposite vitality wants are provided by the solar.

This melter received’t be for everybody. Nothing ever is. And if all of us beloved the identical factor, we’d all be married to my grandmother, as my grandfather was. However in case you are on the lookout for a strategy to flip cappings into geese, that is it.

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working on the College of Calgary. He’s additionally a geophysicist and does a little bit 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 based mostly in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.



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