Hi Protheroe, not really planning on expanding. Got up to 32 boxes with bees in last year which was plenty, my aim was 10 good stong colonies and a few nuc's. My current 19 will be abou 8 - 12 come spring with unites. I would like to have 10 good honey hives and a few from which to make splits from.looking good pete.how many are you planning on expanding to this year?
i made another ten floors last week and cut the wood for another fifteen brood boxes today.just another fifteen roofs and i will have 45 hives.i wish i had money to get some in the sale but what i had went on frames and some bits and bobs.
Hi BrianYou did them all in a day! Do you have any free days, as I have a few to put together, but I was thinking that mine would take all season to put together...
Small splits and cracks I filled with waterproof wood glue. Anything bigger I use exterior wood filler.I bought some stuff in the sale, enough to make up two nationals with supers, for my first hives, and I was wondering if small splits and cracks should be filled, and if so what with? Is normal wood filler ok for bees?
They are cedar, should I be sanding and coating them? I was under the impression that cedar can be used as-is.
I wont be constructing mine for a few months yet, too much else to do, but now seems a good time to ask as everyone else is doing theirs!
If they have any sapwood, as many seconds do, then they will need treating to prevent rot, if all heartwood, then no treatment needed really,unless for cosmetic purposes.They are cedar, should I be sanding and coating them? I was under the impression that cedar can be used as-is.
Thanks, I will get some filler. I tried to repack them as well as they arrived but whoever packed them must have been a genius! They are indoors so hopefully will be ok but the room they are in does suffer from damp. I will keep an eye on them.Small splits and cracks I filled with waterproof wood glue. Anything bigger I use exterior wood filler.
They would be fine left natural but I started painting mine last year and liked the look so decided it would be 'my colour' and now they are all getting it.
If storing keep them flat and dry, they probably wont 'move' but I had a few bent boards in mine already being 3rds so wanted to crack on with them.
Thanks, glad I asked. Not had the packets apart yet but good chance they have sapwood. Do I only need to treat the exterior faces? Will linseed oil and no sanding be ok? Or should I sand and paint? Or sand and oil even?!If they have any sapwood, as many seconds do, then they will need treating to prevent rot, if all heartwood, then no treatment needed really,unless for cosmetic purposes.