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We have about 40 lang hives and hoped to double this season.Financial setbacks for myself and my mate puts this on hold.As a challenge I am trying to make the cheapest hive possible.
Have been making two types,both made around the dimensions of a three box long deep.
One uses frames i make that i can use in the extractor,it has 35mm top bars so there are no gaps.The other is more a traditional top bar with some rounded pieces as side support.no bottom bar.Crush and drain for this type.
I have been using old fence palings for the sides and ends on both.Rip the palings on the triton for the frame parts and the top bars.
Bottom board and lids from old signs from sign writers.Called Weathertex over here.Have been using it for lids and bottom boards on our langs.
Also scrounging from the signwriters Corflute signs,like corrugated plastic sheets.Over here all the For Sale signs used by real estate agents are this stuff.Can fold it to make a lid over top bars.
So far my only cost is the screws and power.Could have made flasher hives using store bought dressed timber but i think i have enjoyed the cheapo challenge.A Google searh for cheap skate will probably throw up my name.
Every concept for these hives came from this site,if you want to try something all the info is here.