View Poll Results: What kind of wood do use for your boxes?

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  • Pine

    14 66.67%
  • Cypress

    4 19.05%
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  1. #1
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    Default Best wood for hive boxes

    Hello everyone!

    I'm just getting started in beekeeping and was wondering what is the best wood for making hive boxes. I am a woodworker, and I can get white pine, yellow pine, and cypress at my local lumber yard, although the cypress is about twice the cost of the white pine.

    Are there any woods that are better suited for the hive boxes or can you use whatever is available?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Default Re: Best wood for hive boxes

    The cheapest is the best, at least for me. They like the pine just fine.
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    Default Re: Best wood for hive boxes

    I make mine out of what's available at the time..I pick up spare lumber all the time laying around worksites...pine/spruce are the cheapest. But If money was no object, I'd probably go with cypress or cedar since they tend to stand the weather better. But you can paint the pine/spruce boxes and they'll last longer.

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    Default Re: Best wood for hive boxes

    Cypress is cedar. and lasts for ever. use that. buy cheap pay twice.
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    Default Re: Best wood for hive boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by honeydreams View Post
    Cypress is cedar. and lasts for ever. use that. buy cheap pay twice.


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    Default Re: Best wood for hive boxes

    I don't know about using that cheap pine - it might only last...say about....40 years if taken care of. By then I'll need my own pine box
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    Default Re: Best wood for hive boxes

    Cypress is NOT cedar. We use grade 2 or 3 white pine, two coats quality latex paint. Last for years.
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    Default Re: Best wood for hive boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by duck_nutt View Post
    I make mine out of what's available at the time..I pick up spare lumber all the time laying around worksites...pine/spruce are the cheapest. But If money was no object, I'd probably go with cypress or cedar since they tend to stand the weather better. But you can paint the pine/spruce boxes and they'll last longer.
    I'm interested in a cedar Langstroth but can't find a supplier. I only see cedar parts in the catalogs. I'm brandnew to this and ramping up for my first hive for 2011 so I may not know where to look. I'd be grateful for a lead, otherwise I'll go with what is available.

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    Default Re: Best wood for hive boxes

    i was going to start my own thread on this after i just got back from the hardware store and couldn't find what i was after. My existing boxes bough comercialy seem to be 7/8 thick and all the easily found lumber is 3/4... i know its a 1*12 but its true dimension is 3/4.
    Also the 1*12 localy is around 7 bucks for 6 feet.. is that decent?
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    Default Re: Best wood for hive boxes

    That 1x12x6' long board is approx $9 here around central ky (United States) so to me thats a good Deal!

    I would like to find cedar lumber in 1x12 and 1x8...If anyone knows of any lumber yards that might cut alot of cedar that may have some rough cut, check the prices out. I would like to make a 2-Deep 10 Frame lang out of cedar lumber and treat the outside with natural oil finish to keep the natural cedar look!! Thank you!

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    Default Re: Best wood for hive boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by Eden Sinclair View Post
    I'm interested in a cedar Langstroth but can't find a supplier. I only see cedar parts in the catalogs. I'm brandnew to this and ramping up for my first hive for 2011 so I may not know where to look. I'd be grateful for a lead, otherwise I'll go with what is available.

    I make my own right now. there are several people in my area who cut cedar and I have a planer so I can get it to the 3/4 inch thickness..
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    Default Re: Best wood for hive boxes

    White oak will last forever. Or at least as long as you or I.
    Last edited by Barry; 05-21-2010 at 07:37 PM.
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