View Poll Results: Who makes the best hive bodies?

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  • BetterBee

    6 3.77%
  • Dadant

    15 9.43%
  • Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

    19 11.95%
  • Mann Lake

    21 13.21%
  • Rossman Apiaries

    12 7.55%
  • Other

    66 41.51%
  • Walter T. Kelley Bee Company

    22 13.84%
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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    Quote Originally Posted by BoroughBees View Post
    Are their cypress hive bodies rabbeted or box jointed?
    Their cypress is box jointed. I own all 3 of their grades budget to select all are good quality.

  2. #42
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    Thumbs Up Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    Walter T Kelley has 3 grades of woodenware. I have not tried their cheapest. I have 8 hives from them ranging from cypress to their commercial hives. I personally believe that no one makes any better products than they do. I have had absolutley no problems. their frames hold up much better than most that I've seen. I really like their SGX frame for the plastic foundation as I use wax coated Pierco. I have other brands in used equipment that I purchased which is not as high quality as Kelleys, especially the frames.

    Ditto....I have felt MLake, Dadant, BMBFarm and Kelley's.......Kellies wins, no debate, You can feel the quality of their wood during assembly, driving nails through it and you can't beat those extra heavy, slotted top bar frames with grooved bottoms for ease of use and to switch up for comb honey foundation.....

  3. #43
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    Most of my boxes come from Miller Bee Supply. I have no complaints. I have some of everyone's except Rossman and Betterbee I think.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  4. #44
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    Michael: You're the only person I know that ever purchased, then provided feedback on woodenware from Millers. That is good to know.....didn't want to buy any woodenware without someone else's feedback first....

  5. #45
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    B and B Honey Farm, Houston, Mn. 3 grades, and their commercial grade is great.

  6. #46
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    Question Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    B and B Honey Farm, Houston, Mn. 3 grades, and their commercial grade is great

    How does everyone evaluate woodenware? weight, durability, imperfections, form & fit?

  7. #47
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    I voted other because I believe the only way for me to get what I consider quality is to make it myself.

  8. #48
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    brushy for quality, beeline PA for price

  9. #49
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    >Michael: You're the only person I know that ever purchased, then provided feedback on woodenware from Millers.

    Not only was it good woodenware, they were nice, and great people to do business with.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  10. #50
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    I have bought from every supplier on the list. I have to give new beekeepers a reference to start with, and the boxes of catalogs I get from these guys. We use so much teaching over 100 new beekeepers every year that I try to get from those that will wholesale or discount or direct like Pierco. I make all the woodenware except for frame ends for less than I can buy it including labor and expenses. One of my students built a computerized saw to cut the box joints and is building a computerized frame maker now.
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  11. #51
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    Quote Originally Posted by sfamous View Post
    B and B Honey Farm, Houston, Mn. 3 grades, and their commercial grade is great

    How does everyone evaluate woodenware? weight, durability, imperfections, form & fit?

    good woodenware, good prices. local, experienced beekeepers running a business for over 35 years. great customer service and knowledgeable. ship promptly.

  12. #52
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    [QUOTE=Michael Bush--Not only was it good woodenware, they were nice, and great people to do business with.[/QUOTE]
    I agree with you Micheal. I've been getting my woodenware from Miller's for more than fifteen years. Beverly and Presley are great folks to deal with--very friendly, and their quality and prices are excellent. I'm close enough to them that I can pick up without paying for shipping. I'll be making a trip for 100 brood chambers next month.

  13. #53
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    Since this all seems to be a positive experience, how about anyone share a company that they've had a bad experience with.

    I find Mann Lake frames to be of better quality than Kelley. I think "clearly superior" were the words I used. Part of it is that I dislike the beveled edge on one side of the end bars. Once trimmed to 1 1/4", it's not so much of a problem. Kelley wood is definitely softer.

    I have noticed that some deeps have the frames placed differently in the vertical sense. What I mean is, my Mann Lake boxes have about 1/4" of space above the frames and 1/8" below for a total of 3/8" bee space. Some I have found are lower so that the whole 3/8" is at the top. It makes for boxes that can get pretty well gummed together.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
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  14. #54
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Homestead View Post
    1 vote for homemade
    2 votes

  15. #55
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    >I have noticed that some deeps have the frames placed differently in the vertical sense.

    The Kelley deeps are made to use with a metal frame rest that raises it back up 1/8". It looks like a sideways "T" from the end and holds the frames up 1/8" off of the rabbet.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  16. #56
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    MB that's the "old way". Kelly now uses a V shaped metal frame rest. Here's a link to their site. . . https://kelleybees.com/Products/Deta...3337&grouped=1 (click on the first selection in the drop down box)

  17. #57
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    I bought a few 8-frame deeps from Mann Lake to test for quality before committing to a bigger purchase. The opposite sides of the boxes were slightly different lengths, so I could never get them square. Also, when I stacked them they rocked, leaving a big gap on one corner--big enough for bees to get through. I kept rearranging them until I got the gaps to a tolerable level. Now, they have to stay married to one another--no reversing brood chambers. It was frustrating enough on a small scale that I decided not to get my woodenware from Mann Lake. I've had really good experiences with Miller's, so I'm sticking with them.

  18. #58
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    Default Re: Best Quality Woodenware

    On the Western Bee shipping> I am in SW Indiana last week I ordered 2 deeps ,2 mediums , 2 nucs, 2 bottom boards , 20 frames and some wire around 100$ shipping was quoted 92 $ WOW

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