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The originators of the boxes had no desire to get them back and, as we are definitely not in the bee package business, we clearly had no use for them. At least, not in their current form. We were pondering what we might do with such a contraption (other than throw it out) when we realized the screens had openings of useful dimensions. With 10 minutes and $4 of parts, we figured we could turn them into sifters!
|First step: saw them in half the long way.|
|Second step: drill holes and bolt them together. 3/4" bolts are too short; 1" bolts work fine.|
|We did two to each side, and it feels a smidge flimsy for heavy sifting jobs. More bolts would help. Also, make sure the hole that was previously in the top is in the center or a lot of what you're sifting might spill out the sides.|
|Our immediate use for the sifters was for processing biochar. But you could also use them for sifting compost, large quantities of powdered sugar, or whatever else you have on hand!|
|Just sifting gets rid of a lot of the ash, but a little hose water really cleans it up.|
|Most of the dirt that came along with it is easily washed away, too (except a few pieces of now-kiln-fired clay), leaving a nice shiny batch of black charcoal for whatever we want to use it for.|
What do you do with your old bee package boxes?