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Offline mcassidy2004

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types of wood to use
« on: January 15, 2017, 04:37:07 pm »
I am new to beekeeping, i have seen very little information on what types of wood is best for building a hive.  I have seen that most hives are constructed from pine, being a relatively inexpensive wood to buy and in the southern USA some are using cypress for its ability to hold up to humidity.  I am a hobby woodworker and I have a bunch of trees on my property that i am going to have milled for my use as lumber,  I have never seen anyone use cedar as a wood for the hive body, it has great properties for resistance to weather, humidity, insects, etc...  I have seen cedar being used as a roofing material, but never as a hive body,  I also have birch trees that i am going to have milled.

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Re: types of wood to use
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2017, 06:15:46 pm »
Welcome  :happy:

I am of the opinion that the bees don't care what wood you use.  I would stay away from treated wood that would be in contact with honey and bees.  Most hives are built with pine because it's cheap and relatively lightweight.  You can make them as fancy as you want.

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Re: types of wood to use
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2017, 06:45:00 pm »
would you stay away from cedar?  I will be having a bunch of rough cut that i can plane out and build with, im going to build a sauna out of cedar from my property.

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Re: types of wood to use
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2017, 07:39:29 pm »
I use cedar for hives. i use any type of wood I ca get. as long as it is dryed and not green wood. cedar may help with moths and shb,s. have few shb,s in my cedar hive thats in shade than ones in sun. go figure.
use any type wood you can get.

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Re: types of wood to use
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2017, 08:57:03 pm »
I built my first hives from cedar. They hold up real well. The moths don't like them but the SHB do not care about the smell. I lost my first hive to SHB sliming it because the queen had DWV and never mated.
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Re: types of wood to use
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2017, 12:57:52 pm »
Over here (UK) where nearly all quality wood is imported these days, genuine Cedar is the wood of choice - but bl##dy expensive.  Western Red Cedar (Thuja) is next, followed by Pines of various flavours.  For me, seasoned wood is a must - otherwise, the cheaper the better.  I particularly like 'free'.

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Re: types of wood to use
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2017, 01:01:05 pm »
there are some trees already fallen and some that I need to take down for safety reasons

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Re: types of wood to use
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2017, 09:30:01 pm »
Cedar is fine.  Birch is fine.  Free is best.

Since you have wood working equipment, if you ever do have to buy wood, I've found that 2x10 structural lumber is often cheaper than 1x10.  Most of what I've made recently has been from 2x.  I plane one side flat, then resaw to 7/8' and then plane to 3/4 and end up with nice perfectly flat boards.

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Re: types of wood to use
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2017, 02:09:28 pm »
For boxes, cheap and light.  For the stands and covers and bottom boards, cheap, light and doesn't rot quickly.  Any wood that meats those criteria is fine.
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Re: types of wood to use
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2017, 08:46:56 am »
i use cypress, mainly because its 11.00 dollars for a kiln dried 1"x10"x8' and its  sawmill lumber so the dimensions are always over a little a little
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Re: types of wood to use
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2017, 10:21:03 am »
I agree with MB's comment about cheap and light. My problem is that cheap isn't light. I use hemlock because it is cheap. I can get a 1"X8"X10' for $6.00. It isn't light but I for the price I can't do any better.
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