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Title: Beehive stands
Post by: Beelab on May 01, 2021, 09:06:28 am
I have a few hive stand situations around my place, but what is the easiest and quickest solution for a stand for 2 hives with a bit of room to work them?
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: CoolBees on May 01, 2021, 11:06:04 am
A double stack of cinder blocks set under each end of a couple piece(s) of scrap lumber. 2x4's or 2x6's or some such. Cut to length if needed.

Wish I could take a picture - mine are about 6' behind me right now. ... but I'm in my blind, and there's a Tom turkey working his way in right now. Sorry - its archery season.  :cool:
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: CoolBees on May 01, 2021, 11:41:44 am
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The Tom went the other way. Here's a picture of what I do.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: The15thMember on May 01, 2021, 11:45:26 am
A double stack of cinder blocks set under each end of a couple piece(s) of scrap lumber. 2x4's or 2x6's or some such. Cut to length if needed.

Wish I could take a picture - mine are about 6' behind me right now. ... but I'm in my blind, and there's a Tom turkey working his way in right now. Sorry - its archery season.  :cool:
Multitasking this morning, Alan?  :cheesy:

I just use 2 cinder blocks as a hive stand.  Level the ground, space them far enough apart, set the bottom board on them, done. 
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: CoolBees on May 01, 2021, 11:59:48 am
Multitasking this morning, Alan?  :cheesy:

I just use 2 cinder blocks as a hive stand.  Level the ground, space them far enough apart, set the bottom board on them, done.

 :cool: yup.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Brian MCquilkin on May 01, 2021, 12:00:44 pm
mainly cinder blocks ill build a wooden one if on a slope.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: FloridaGardener on May 01, 2021, 02:30:30 pm

In an outyard where I leave splits, I use two aluminum sawhorses,  four pressure-treated studs, and 2-1/2" deck screws to build a hive/work platform suitable for 2-3 hives.  Cheap, easy, portable, comfortable working height.

Cut 25" inches off the end of each of the four studs.  Set them on the sawhorses, and space them 3.5 inches apart. (Use a cutoff for spacing as you assemble.) Fasten the short pieces perpendicular to the long ones.  The screws will be hidden underneath when you flip it over.
The gap between the studs allows rain to drain.
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After trying several methods, this is my preferred setup for working two small-medium hives or 3 nucs. It provides place to lay the lid, set tools, set the smoker where it doesn't catch your mulch on fire.   A ceramic tile works great as a "trivet" for the smoker.   

Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Nock on May 01, 2021, 03:10:57 pm
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Individual stands I made. Also use the blocks and 4x4s.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Beelab on May 01, 2021, 08:12:31 pm
Excellent ideas here. It?s gonna be on a hill.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Nock on May 01, 2021, 10:03:42 pm
Just take you a hoe or shovel.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Skeggley on May 02, 2021, 11:08:09 am
I had a couple of those steel frame dog beds, you know, the ones that you put a hessian bag on. I added some pipe to the legs and cross braces to raise it to a comfortable height then made a simple slatted base and whacked a lick of paint on them. I fit 2 hives on one stand with a comfortable space between them to sit a spare box and tools.
Cinder blocks are easier I agree however ants always seem to be an issue here and I simply grease a section of the legs and re apply every now and then and no worries. High temp grease.
Probably wouldn?t advise situating hives on a slope, last thing you want is to lose your balance and fall while holding a box full of annoyed insects with a distinct way of voicing their grievances.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Beeboy01 on May 02, 2021, 06:05:56 pm
I make my hive stands out of pressure treated 2x4's and 4x4's, mainly salvaged lumber from stuff I pick up. The sides are 4x4's cut to 21 inches and the ends are the 2x4's cut to 18 inches. I nail the 2x4's on the ends of the 4x4's and set them up on 3 cinder blocks, one per side and one across the front. Any shimming needed goes between the cinder blocks and the wood base. I leave just enough room between the hives to stand  or step through if needed but mainly work them from the rear. Think some of my first bases made that way are over 15 years old and still going strong. Not sure how cost efficient the design would be for a big operation but as a hobbyist with just six hives they work great for me. 
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Ben Framed on May 02, 2021, 09:13:35 pm
Each of these shown and described stands are nice. I have a question. When you add more boxes to the taller ones, do you have much trouble handling these hives when that point is reached?




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Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Beelab on May 02, 2021, 09:51:11 pm
I usually just have 2 deep supers on the one deep broodbox. Always a comfortable reach.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: sawdstmakr on May 03, 2021, 08:57:27 am
Use 4 cinder block and 2 4x4s. Do not try to put the 4x4s on just one cinder block. It makes it too easy to tip the hives over. Make it so that the front of the boxes are lined up with the front 4x4 and leave the back of the hive over hang one inch. This allows you to feel how heavy the hive is.
Jim Altmiller
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Acebird on May 03, 2021, 09:07:42 am
https://photos.app.goo.gl/mGRhbW3HmgqJRBUb8
Nothing fancy.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Hops Brewster on May 04, 2021, 11:01:29 am
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The Tom went the other way.
He saw ya tapping on your phone CB.  Eyes on the prize, pal! 
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: CoolBees on May 04, 2021, 12:01:39 pm
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The Tom went the other way.
He saw ya tapping on your phone CB.  Eyes on the prize, pal!

 :cheesy: back at it again this morning .... cell phone in hand ...  :cool:
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: rast on May 04, 2021, 09:37:42 pm
I made use of wooden playground equipment we replaced at church. skip in the middle is full now. [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Ben Framed on May 05, 2021, 01:13:20 pm
I made use of wooden playground equipment we replaced at church. skip in the middle is full now.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]

Njce!
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: rast on May 05, 2021, 09:32:27 pm
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 Hive stands or turkeys in the back?
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Ben Framed on May 05, 2021, 09:42:41 pm
Both 😊
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: JurassicApiary on May 06, 2021, 12:09:53 pm
Due to environmental issues (I'm in a very wet and humid climate area), I primarily use just cinder blocks as they won't rot, sag, rust or lose strength over time like wood or iron.  They're cheap enough and tolerate reasonable abuse moving them around.  In a few circumstances (very uneven ground), I use cinderblocks with multiple 10' 2x4's to make a stand to hold 5-6 hives (8-frame hives & 5-frame NUC's).
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Major_in_MS on May 06, 2021, 08:02:14 pm
Quick and easy.   T-posts, U-bolts, and 4x4 posts.  Took me about 30 minutes to set this one up from start to finish.  This hive stand is really great for a sloping lot. 

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The 8 frame supers are actually top feeders that will be removed once my packages draw out the foundations.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Acebird on May 07, 2021, 08:42:14 am
Major, if those hives amount to anything they could all topple over with the weight of honey.  The fence post will sink unevenly.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Beelab on May 07, 2021, 09:02:45 am
Argh.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Major_in_MS on May 07, 2021, 09:41:56 pm
Major, if those hives amount to anything they could all topple over with the weight of honey.  The fence post will sink unevenly.

Hmmm, you may be right, I guess I'll carry a bag of ready mix over there and pour some collars around those posts to keep them from sinking.

This is a modified design of the one Frederick Dunn uses.  He claims to have been using this type of hive stand for 12 years without any problems.  His design uses metal electrical conduit instead of wooden posts and he uses a set of t-posts between each hive along the stand.  He likes to run a ratchet strap over each hive too.
Title: Re: Beehive stands
Post by: Acebird on May 08, 2021, 09:07:32 am
If your soil is rocky enough you might be OK but the post are designed to be driven in the ground easily.  If you cast the collar with a hole in the center you can slip it over the post and put a bolt thorough the nearest hole and then tap it down until the bolt touches your cast block.  Then you can move and reuse.  It wouldn't hurt to X brace the polls so the whole thing doesn't rock in the wind.  Fence wire is good enough.