For the convenience of honey collection from beehives, beekeepers around the world use different models of carriers, or, as they are also called, ramonos. Want to get such a miracle too? To make a reliable box for carrying your own frames do not need to spend a lot of effort or money.
What should be the box?
Our box for transferring honey filled frames should be quite roomy, light, and have special mounts for the belt (to make it easier to carry it through the apiary). Another requirement is a straight straight lid, which further allows the drawer to be used as a comfortable high chair.
In one such box fits 8 frames (based on the proposed dimensions in the drawing). You can increase its capacity due to size correction, but then it will be difficult to transfer it. The total weight of the filled container for 8 frames will be more than 10 kg, without taking into account the weight of the structure itself. The following photo shows an approximate model of such a carrying.
How to make it yourself?
It will take a little time and, of course, the right raw material to make ramkonos to do it yourself. Do not take heavy materials, because all of this will ultimately affect the weight of the finished product. Be sure to think about how your frame box will close. Take materials with a stock, you may need to make not one, but two or more products. With their help, there will always be order in the beekeeper's household, and the framework will not have to be dragged by hand.
Tools and materials
- The materials for the box will require the following: plywood sheets not less than 4 mm thick, as well as slats with dimensions of 45x20 mm (we will nail them inside and outside). Another type of material is not suitable due to the severity of the product.
- But if you plan to use the box as a beekeeper’s garden chair, take chipboard sheets, the thickness of the product will increase in this case. We will tell you about the manufacture of plywood carrying, designed for eight frames.
- In addition to plywood sheets and slats, you will also need self-tapping screws or thin shoe nails (it is more convenient to hammer them in carefully with thin plywood).
- You will also need an external mount that will hold the cover so that it does not open on the go and loops to fold it. Galvanized brace (shown in the photo below) will fit for external fixing, and for the internal fixation there will be ordinary small hinges, two pieces.
- And the last detail - the belt and outer fasteners for it. They are attached to the screws, as well as hinges inside. Fasteners can take stainless, and buy a nylon belt.
To seal the box, it is possible to glue thermal tape around the inside perimeter of the lid (with a tolerance of 4 mm from the edge to the width of the walls). This thermal tape is sold as insulation for windows for the winter and can be of different thickness - we need the thinnest, about 1 mm thick. It does not touch the frame, and therefore does not get dirty and will not be sticky. In addition, a sealed box for some time can be left near the hives, as the bees simply do not get to the frame.
However, the vent at the bottom of the case can still be made so that honey does not “suffocate”, just be sure to close it with a fine mesh. The nets will need a very small piece, which can be attached with an ordinary construction stapler.
Instructions for making
So, below is a step-by-step instruction on how to design a box for a frame or frame carrying.
- In total, there are six components in Ramconi - these are the front, back and two side panels, the cover and the bottom. The dimensions of the walls (300x330).
- The first should be assembled front wall, and then - the back.
- We retreat 15 mm from the edge of the front wall from the top and nail the previously prepared rail (length 300, width 45, height 20 - dimensions in mm). This is our future frame support, i.e. folds. We beat the same two planks outside - without indents.
- If you plan to make a vent in the front, you need to cut it out beforehand. However, many beekeepers do without it.
- The back wall is identical to the size of the front, the slats on it are packed only outside - at the top and bottom without indents from the edges.
- The side walls of the same size (300x330) are knocked off from the front and back, and after that they are also stuffed with two rails on their outer surface — from above and below. So it will be convenient to take the box in hand.
- Further the cover gathers, fastens on loops. Its dimensions are shown in the drawing.
- The bottom is measured on the perimeter and nailed down with nails, after which the closing part of the fastener is screwed to the lid, and the fixed part of the fastener is fastened to the lid. Detailed drawings, as well as a general view of the product can be seen further in the photo.
Thus, you will have a convenient, tight-fitting construction, which can be left near the hive, without fear for the safety of the collected honey.
Some beekeepers use ramkonos as a trap for a swarm, luring bees there as if they were a temporary dwelling. The idea of such a temporary replacement of the hive by the box is pretty good. So decide for yourself whether you will also use your carrier.