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    Default Is AdvanTech sheathing safe to use in hives

    A buddy of mine is in commercial construction and has recommended Advantech sheathing versus pine boards and plywood. The longevity and strength of the material is awesome. He's seen boards exposed to the weather elements not warp, bend, or loose their strength after being outside for over 10 years. My question is, is this stuff safe to use in our hives?

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    Default Re: Is AdvanTech sheathing safe to use in hives

    Those on Beesource who have used Advantech for years have reported good performance, and no adverse effects on the bees. One such report is in post #19, here:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ight=Advantech
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    Default Re: Is AdvanTech sheathing safe to use in hives

    I use it for tops........... it's kinda heavy to use (IMO) to make brood boxes and supers ... and it's not cheap (unless your contractor friend is giving it to you..)
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    Default Re: Is AdvanTech sheathing safe to use in hives

    I have used Advantec for 6, years(hasn't been on the market very long), for tops, feeders, and bottom boards of nucs. I have even made nucs from it. It is too heavy for making 10 frame hives, and 10 frame bottom boards. I have had no problems.

    Here is a photo of a nuc made from Advantec, and one of feeders made from Advantec. It can be used as migratory tops, feeders, with or without painting.

    Advantec 5 Frame Nuc.jpg

    Thru top feeders.jpg

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    Default Re: Is AdvanTech sheathing safe to use in hives

    Are most of the box store scarring it. I haven't seen it here. Or maybe I am mis looking,

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    Default Re: Is AdvanTech sheathing safe to use in hives

    Quote Originally Posted by My-smokepole View Post
    Are most of the box store scarring it. I haven't seen it here. Or maybe I am mis looking,
    some lowes carry it, go to one and they can look up a store that stocks it, make sure and call first some stores show it in inventory but as I found out, they were special orders for people.
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    Default Re: Is AdvanTech sheathing safe to use in hives

    when checking lowes ask about the thickness 23/64, nominal 3/4 is less common than nominal 5/8. this just happened to me. my local lowes no longer stocks the 23/64 they did last year.

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    Default Re: Is AdvanTech sheathing safe to use in hives

    I use it for tops and haven't had any problems.
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    Default Re: Is AdvanTech sheathing safe to use in hives

    I've used advantech to make nucs, 8 frame boxes, tops, and bottom boards.

    Painted well, it lasts and weathers well.

    It weighs a ton compared to using 1" softwood boards.

    I would avoid using it for bottom boards: the texture of the surfaces catches debris, and any edge in ground contact will not last as long as the rest of the hive parts.

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    Default Re: Is AdvanTech sheathing safe to use in hives

    Thanks Guys, I appreciate the quick feedback.

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