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  1. #1
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    Default foodsafe wood for frames

    hello folks,
    I am a Canadian (Southern Ontario) newcomer to bee forum. I was very favourably impressed by the high standards the forum requires for members. Can anybody tell me if basswood or red elm are safe or practical to use for honey and brood frames. I build my own Langstroth hives and these wood varieties are readily available to me at low cost and high quality.

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    Well basswood is the preferred wood for comb honey cassettes, I don't know of any reason elm wouldn't be fine as long as they're both checked for moisture so they won't warp/cup/whatever and violate beespace. The bees won't care. Cool to have access to the wood, cost is the only reason I order my equipment and eschew the sawdust therapy!
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

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    Default foodsafe wood for fromes

    Thanks Ben. If basswood is safe that is what I will use since it works easil.

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    The elm around here has a peculiar odor. If yours does, I would avoid it.

    Roland

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