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Paul talks about a wall capable of housing bees for heating living space inside a wofati.
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Davin Hoyt wrote:Paul talks about a wall capable of housing bees for heating living space inside a wofati.



That's an interesting use of the space, that would otherwise need to be filled with insulation, but what kind of heating would you expect from such a thing?  I'd suspect that it'd be more ascetic than practical.
 
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Bees do keep the inside of their hive about 95F, so there would be some warmth coming from that. You would need a massive colony to cover enough area to make a real difference. The larger a hive is, the more chance of encountering fatal infestations of mites or other issues. It used to be that beekeepers could let their hives alone most of the time, but there are so many pests now that unmaintained hives are at serious risk. A dead hive will not do much for heat balance.
 
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Oh! A wonderful math problem!!!

A colony of bees eats about a gallon of honey per month during the winter. So around 4 ounces per day. There are 344 kcalories in 4 ounces of honey. Therefore,  the heat output of a colony of honeybees is about equal to 1/8th of the heat output of an adult man.

It would also be equivalent to burning a 4 ounce candle per day, or running a 16 watt electric heater.

Comparing fuel efficiency: A gallon of honey costs around $80. A gallon of kerosene, with approximately the same heat content, costs around $3.

 
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Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Oh! A wonderful math problem!!!

A colony of bees eats about a gallon of honey per month during the winter. So around 4 ounces per day. There are 344 kcalories in 4 ounces of honey. Therefore,  the heat output of a colony of honeybees is about equal to 1/8th of the heat output of an adult man.

It would also be equivalent to burning a 4 ounce candle per day, or running a 16 watt electric heater.

Comparing fuel efficiency: A gallon of honey costs around $80. A gallon of kerosene, with approximately the same heat content, costs around $3.



Heat output of one average man at rest - 700 btu per hour.
 
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