Best budget would be Maisemores seconds KD in their sale .. and glue and screw them up yourself
If you want the best... well there is a chap up on Exmoor who used to have time to post on the forum... who possibly makes the best WRC National hives that money can buy!
Hmmm. Show me another major supplier that advertises ex VAT prices on their website. They all sell to the trade.Not at all dubious, it's common practice for vat registered companies, especially those that sell to the trade.
I'd agree on that. My brood boxes (and floors & roofs) are all good quality firsts, because in my mind they're out all year long through the winter and the bees are relying on them. However, my supers are under cover during the winter, and only out in the elements on the hives during the better spring/summer months, so I don't mind seconds for them.Rather than going for the 'cheapest/budget' option my advice is to buy the best that you can afford. Having gone down the road before regarding using seconds or pine (rather than cedar) I would definitely buy on this policy. Second grades are exactly that. They have various defects including shakes, knots (usually around the areas of the mortise/tenons which split apart when nailed) and are usually poorly dried leading to warping once they get wet. Buy the good stuff that will last you a lifetime.