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A propane torch has thousands of uses in the world of a do it yourselfer. The tank is usually about 2 bucks and the nozzle should be in the 10 to 15 dollar range.

The picture shows Anna sterilizing some old bee equipment with the power of fire. Someone at our bee class brought up the possibility of boiling such things in large containers of Lye and our instructor's brow actually furrowed. I think a propane torch might save hours of labor in comparison to the boiling method?

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hum! She is using a torch to clean the bee boxes? Do you paint your boxes black? That looks nicer then white that is for certain. Very interesting. Do you think I should try this with my stuff from the auction?

thanks, Janet

Comment by Janet Tue Apr 28 15:28:01 2009
We use a torch on the inside because we don't know what killed the former inhabitants --- I recommend it as a quick and easy way to sterilize! We painted the outsides because the paint was peeling and once we get bees in the boxes we won't want to paint! You can paint your boxes any color. We just went to the hardware store and looked for paint which they'd mixed to the wrong color, got a gallon of really high end latex paint for $10. Good luck!
Comment by anna Wed Apr 29 06:47:19 2009

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