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The Millerbees Bucket Tilter

The Millerbees Bucket Tilter is for tilting three to five gallon buckets with bottom gates, to get the last few bottles of Honey or other liquid out without getting the debris floating on the top or the debris that sank to the bottom. The bucket should not be tilted until the honey or other liquid has been emptied to just above the bottom gate. Then the center of gravity will be low enough to tilt the bucket and get the last of the honey or other liquid out, but not the debris. Three versions are offered. Bucket not included. One version fully assembled ready to use $45.   Another version, all parts included except nails. Assembly is required by the purchaser $25. Also, a hard-ware kit that includes the “nine-ply”, plywood part that has the precision radiused slot already cut, all the hardware (except nails), detailed drawings and instructions on how to make the other wood parts; which can all be cut on a table saw.  $10.

More information www.beetle-jail.com or call 731.695.6960 Dealer inquiries welcome.

New from GloryBee – Pre-wired 9⅛” Wood Frames  Tradition with Efficiency

Wood frames with wired foundation are the preferred combination of frames and foundation for traditional beekeepers. However, due to how time-consuming and laborious it can be to install and wire beeswax foundation onto wooden frames, this combination has grown less popular over the years as new, more efficient forms of frames and foundation have been developed.

From our experience, it’s not only more natural but also much easier to get a newly installed pack-age of bees going on 100% pure beeswax foundation. Since they produce it, bees prefer pure beeswax foundation over any other type. Now there’s a way to have the best of both worlds with GloryBee’s  Pre-wired Wooden Frames!


  • High quality, pre-assembled, wooden wedged top bar, grooved bottom bar frames
  • Pre-wired horizontally with  stainless steel wire
  • Use with 100% pure beeswax 8½” crimp wired foundation with hooks
  • Bees will draw foundation out faster with more uniformity and few irregularities such as bridge comb

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Bees On Board Stickers

Looking for a bit more space on the road? Worried about leaving your hive tools in the car some-times? Perhaps we can help!

Car-friendly weather resistant vinyl laminate stickers, looks great on windows or bumpers, available in two sizes: 5” x 5” and 3” x 3”

  • 6 – 5″ x 5″ stickers: $20, shipping and tax included
  • 12 – 3″x 3″ stickers, $15, shipping and tax included

Please contact us directly for pricing on larger orders. Profits benefit the community projects of the Center for Urban Bee Research, a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit based in Washington, DC.

Mail payment and shipping instructions to: Center for Urban Bee Research, 318 12th Street NE, Washington DC 20002

Order online at www.dcbee-keepers.org/stickers


The Nature and Necessity of Bees. By Thor Hanson. Published by Basic Books ISBN-10: 0465052614, ISBN-13: 978-0465052615. Hard-cover: 304 pages, black and white, Publisher: Basic Books (July 10, 2018), 8.5”x 6”

From the Publisher…

Modern bees are marvels of engineering, with unique aerodynamics, antibiotic spit, and seven distinct sensory organs on their antennae. Evolving alongside flowers, bees brought new shapes and colors to our landscapes. And we humans were not left behind in the playful process of co-evolution, either: the practice of keeping domestic bees proliferated, enabling the agricultural revolution, as we carried hives from field to field from the Ancient Nile to rural America.

In BUZZ: The Nature and Necessity of Bees Thor Hanson takes readers on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when wasps began feeding pollen to their young. From honey bees to bumblebees to lesser-known diggers, miners, leaf-cutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. The human relationship with bees goes far beyond crop pollination and the production of wax and honey. Bees have taught us about decision-making, brain function, addiction, and architecture.

BUZZ is a book of wonder, where conscience comes from curiosity, and the irresistible urge to get out-side, find a bee on a flower, and settle down to watch.

Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist and Guggenheim fellow. His previous books include The Triumph of the Seeds and Feathers. He lives with wife and son on an island in Washington State.

The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee…gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own. – Leonardo da Vinci

Beehive Alchemy: Projects and Recipes Using Honey, Beeswax, Propolis, and Pollen to make your own soap, candles and more.

Petra Ahnert. Published by Quarry Books. ISBN 9781631594915. 160 pages, 8” x 10.5”, color throughout, paperback, $24.99.

Petra Ahnert’s name might be familiar because she is the author of Beeswax Alchemy, available everywhere and an excellent book on using beeswax for anything beeswax can be used for. Her new book expands even further on the uses of beeswax, but now she brings in a whole new set of tools – propolis and pollen. Introductory chapters include how honey, beeswax and propolis are made by the bees and harvested by beekeepers, just for background. Then there are chapters on the Alchemy for the body – making soap, lip balm, body butter, beard balm, salves, lotions and creams. Plus propolis toothpaste and lozenges are explored. Then there’s Alchemy of Light, where she looks again at candles, but through a different lens, making hand dipped candles, tapers, tealights and votives and pillar candles. Alchemy for the home includes furniture polish, wood conditioner, food wraps, scented melts and sealing wax. Plus encaustic painting and batik fabrics are made up, too. Cookies and candies, desserts, ice cream, appetizers, fermented foods and beverages round out the rest of the book. There’s something for everybody here, and if you teach classes, this works well as a text. Get one and see. – Kim Flottum

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