Division Boards - MDF?

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I'm needing to make some division boards up to fill in the gaps at the end of the hives where the frames leave a space - stop the bees building wild comb.

I've been to my local DIY store, and the cheapest and best thickness material they have is MDF. I believe MDF is effectively sawdust and glue mixed together - and I was wondering if there are any known problems with using MDF in the hive - either for the bees themselves, or for the honey produced?
 

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I wouldn't unless you know exactly what glue is in it. Formaldahyde is part of the formulation of a lot of plywood/mdf glues. Plywood is safer as the better grades do not degrade as much and let off the nasties.
If in doubt don't is my advice.

And for information I have 22 years of experience in the timber industry at managerial level.
 

honeyman 

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I've often made them from corex - the board that estate agents signs are made from. A bit of a shortage at the moment.
 

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Polystyrene foam board is easy to work and nice to use.
hi Finamn, what are the wires for? heating or temp measurment?

Jez
 

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Hi Finman
Looking at you picture, do you open up your hives in the snow? Not something I would ever consider doing so I am intersted to hear your thoughts and experience of this.
Thx
 

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The wires are for heating, it helps improve the rate of early spring buildup.
 

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