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  1. #1
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    Post Styrofoam 5 nuc plans

    I just found this it look good to me I thought I would share it with you all friends
    http://www.google.com/m/url?channel=...bR1yqbHKA:doh:

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    Default Re: Styrofoam 5 nuc plans

    thanks

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    Default Re: Styrofoam 5 nuc plans

    Thanks, but there are better, more useable such nuc boxes available through the Supply outlets like Mann Lake, Dadant and Betterbee. And probably others.

    I'm all in favor of Do it yourself, when one can or wants to, but I also believe in buying what is already available when it is practical to do so. I don't have the time, whereas others might. So, it's good you posted this here.
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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    Default Re: Styrofoam 5 nuc plans

    IMO - if these will hold up they are so much cheaper than the poly nucs available from supply stores. I'm going to try some this fall to winter nucs in my climate. I figure they will cost about $3.00 each and the only styro nucs I could find were over $25.00. Seems like they will be easy to make and assemble. Only question for me is durability. I think I'll coat the inside with something to keep the bees from chewing on them.

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    Default Re: Styrofoam 5 nuc plans

    What R U going to do about Comdensation and Ventalation?
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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    Default Re: Styrofoam 5 nuc plans

    I'll use upper entrances and modify the top so it's more like a migratory cover. Also, I'll be able to feed syrup on the bottom in the fall. Easier than cans/bottles. Latshaw used EPS nucs over the winter without moisture buildup.

    http://www.latshawapiaries.com/wintering_nucs.htm

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    Default Re: Styrofoam 5 nuc plans

    What is the best way to make cuts on the thicker insulation board?

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    Default Re: Styrofoam 5 nuc plans

    Quote Originally Posted by Beagler View Post
    What is the best way to make cuts on the thicker insulation board?
    A table saw
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: Styrofoam 5 nuc plans

    nice plans thanks

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    Default Re: Styrofoam 5 nuc plans

    Great plans. I built some like this and had ventilation issues even with a screened hole in the back.

    I had horrible problems with possums turning my nucs over and pulling out the frames. I'd go out at night and jack light those little devils but they invited all their kin folk over for the feast. I couldn't make a dent in the population and they basically killed my styro project.

    Next winter, a solar-powered electric fence.

    Grant
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    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

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    Default Re: Styrofoam 5 nuc plans

    Grant,

    I wondered about the ventilation problems in them when it's warm. I had several wood nucs overheat this August. Were your problems mainly in the warmth? I was thinking I might put a plywood migratory cover on them with a upper entrance until it gets cold.

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