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matt.the.shep 

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Thanks for the suggestion MC, but the idea of looking towards a long hive is that I don't have to lift anything off to look at the brood, other than a roof and crownboard. The weight of the boxes becomes more or less irrelevant here, it is just my choice of construction method/material I was trying to sort out. I think it is probably a non starter and I will have to use wood but I know the bees like the poly where I am.
Hi Amanda,

There is a UK Long Hive group on facebook (if you do facebook) that you are more than welcome to join, there's a chap on there that makes long hives from old fridges


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Matt
 

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Hey guys,

It's an old thread but I'm Matt from Hyde Hives, if we can assist or advice then give us a shout as we're always happy to help. I've never seen a poly long hive so if you have made one I think it's a world first.
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I rebate the sides of a flatpack hive as a routine. These are Langstroth hives (I think from HoneyPaw) and I use a circular saw along the long side to cut out a rebate. The waste is then stuck into the original rebate to square up the box. I also cut the appropriate amount off the bottom of these boxes to make them National depth. I do this to use national frames which then allow two extra frames compared to a standard national box. Basically the hive is used at right angles to what was intended. I shorten the lugs of the frames so that the bee space is perfect ie Smith lugs. This was born out of the fact that I had loads of national frames and did not really want heavy Langstroth brood boxes to lift. To make supers I get three supers out of 2 Langstroth poly broods with the appropriate cutting. There are bits of polystyrene left ove and I use these as ekes in the winter to give space for fondant feeding in the winter. I glue the parts of the poly hives together with gorilla glue and use long decking screws to strengthen the joints. I finish the hive with dark brown smooth masonry paint which has kept my oldest poly hives in good nick for 42 years now. I make my own floors and roofs. I am sure the long hive would be possible. Correct measuring is essential but with a circular saw guide it is easy once set up.
 
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Thanks for the info Garry. It is good to know the poly will rebate successfully and not disintegrate.
I have taken the plunge and ordered the flatpack poly broods in the sale (will feel less annoying if it all goes horribly wrong) and once I have finished my current work contracts, I will have a go.
I will report back on the success (or lack of) in due course.
 
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Thanks for the info Garry. It is good to know the poly will rebate successfully and not disintegrate.
I have taken the plunge and ordered the flatpack poly broods in the sale (will feel less annoying if it all goes horribly wrong) and once I have finished my current work contracts, I will have a go.
I will report back on the success (or lack of) in due course.
Just to make it clear I don't use a router- it is a cut along the length with a circular saw and then at right angles to that to take out the rebate. For cutting the sides of the Langstroth to give me the National depth I use a bandsaw.
 

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You could consider an AZ hive:- AZ Hives

The frames slide out so the heaviest weight you would have to lift would be one frame. Did you see this thread?

 

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I know the thread is old, but are you still interested in possible easy to build long hives?IMG_1411[1].JPG Here's one I built out of pallets last winter!
 

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