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Offline yes2matt

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Aircrete
« on: June 23, 2022, 09:48:23 pm »
I need some nuc boxes, and I usually would make some from the D Coates pattern. But times have changed a little:
> I discovered how much bees like to have a more insulated cavity, it makes a big difference.
> have you SEEN (of course you have) the price of plywood, or any wood?

So I am thinking of casting some nuc boxes with  ... something. Aircrete? Aircrete with perlite?  I don't know.

Have you any experience casting lightweight "concrete" panels or boxes? Is this a totally stupid idea?

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Re: Aircrete
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2022, 11:53:14 pm »
I have made flower pots before with concrete and perlite (or peat moss). It was lighter weight, but unless its very thick, it eventually breaks in half.
That's just my experience.

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Re: Aircrete
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2022, 08:31:24 am »
Not a stupid idea but you have to paint or stucco the inside because it is porous.
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Re: Aircrete
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2022, 07:18:16 am »
Not a stupid idea but you have to paint or stucco the inside because it is porous.
  Won't the bees "paint" it with propolis? I would just do the plywood nuc pattern with foam board but they eat/haul it out.

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Re: Aircrete
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2022, 07:38:31 am »
It is my opinion that Ace 'might have' answered the million dollar question with a little added thought. Instead of Aircrete; If a person were to make a simple mold using cheap 'Styrofoam' as a base material injected for the desired box interior, he could mold his own lightweight boxes and then coat with hardy stucco making a cheap, lightweight, hardy box for pennies..... (Sort of like the cheap one day use, lightweight one dollar coolers which could be had at dollar stores and bait shops a few years ago before they went out of style)..... The added stucco coating would or should do the trick to bring it up to par?

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Re: Aircrete
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2022, 07:50:37 am »
And if the above theory is proven to be true, this would also make a good, cheap Nuc box as well. Especially for those who sell nucs?

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Re: Aircrete
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2022, 08:27:08 am »

  Won't the bees "paint" it with propolis?
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If they accept the box.  I just feel it would be better for you to spend a few minutes sealing the pores rather then the bees spending days and wasting energy and time.  They have to forage for propolise.  Better to have them foraging for honey.
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