Beehive Wrap Up Cocoon with Environmental Monitoring Some might say I am slightly obsessive about beehive insulation for the winter, but I am only guided by other beekeeper's experiences in my neighbourhood. Two years ago people were losing 2/3 of their bees due to the cold and they're still not insulating their hives. Now, I have come up with a third design that leaves them no excuses as it is incredibly cheap and quick to accomplish, easy to mass produce and re-usable year on year. This design will be especially relevant to bee keepers who experience harsh winters in Canada, Northern USA, Scandinavia, Russia, central Europe, Scotland etc. and have quite a few hives to manage. The design is based on the principle of wrapping with fibrous insulation but rather than wrapping directly on the hive, there is an intermediary frame which allows the whole structure to be removed with great ease and speed.
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Whole Hog Butchering: Breaking down a Mangalitsa-Red Waddle Heritage Pig Much of meat’s flavor comes from fat. People are starting to embrace fattier cuts, and cooking with pork lard is making a comeback. With the welcome of full flavored, lard-laden pork, the fat, furry Mangalitsa heritage breed of pig, native to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is gaining in popularity. Known as the “kobe beef” of the pork world, their meat is marbled and fat stores plentiful. It’s said that their fat is less saturated that normal pig fat, and so tastes lighter and cleaner. Pro Dunk Diamond Basketball System Bring the gym home in three easy steps... The Ultimate Industry's largest pole is a rock-solid foundation for a regulation backboard suspended 5 feet from the pole. No other system matches Diamond's performance. Highest rating of any system on the market! The reviews are in...
The Bee Space Introducing the Quick Start Guide to Natural Beekeeping (download your copy here) Ever since this blog was started, many of you have been asking a lot of great questions. Questions about backyard beekeeping, the Warre Top Bar Hive, how to keep bees naturally…the list goes on! (By the way, if you have a beekeeping question, checkout the Beekeeping Forums. Those guy’s are awesome!) After a while, I realized that I was being asked a lot of the same questions over and over.
Calculate the size of your Biomeiler How much heat do you need? You may use one of the many calculators online, use a simple formula or work it out from your last gas bills. However, you have to be aware that these calculations are very general and can have large margins of error. There is one more aspect to keep in mind - over-sizing of boilers. Stay Connected with a Solar Powered Fridge Whether you're looking for a fridge because you're off the grid, or a fridge to have as a back-up during a power outage, or as a creative way to save money, a solar powered appliance makes a viable option. When shopping for a solar powered fridge be sure to confirm whether the appliance comes with the solar panels and battery. In most cases you have to purchase those separately. The manufacturer can usually provide advice on the compatible panels and battery for their product. Below you'll find a selection of solar powered fridges including the one featured in the photo to the left. Photo: Solar Fridge by EcoSolarCool - Size is 6.18 Cubic Feet