Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Huntersville, NC
    Posts
    25

    Default Cedar or Cpyress ?

    One hive of Cypress... bout to build another.. Cedar? Thoughts? I been reading that it is pretty popular... any thoughts on the use ? Benefits?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Denver, Colorado
    Posts
    5,071

    Default Re: Cedar or Cpyress ?

    Poplar? Sorry, wood pun.

    I'm told cedar is quite soft. Also it's more expensive. I have used some cedar, nothing to report yet, I don't think it's old enough to make any judgements yet. Mostly I just use the cheap white wood at Lowe's.

    I'll get back to you in a few years.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
    Posts
    6,851

    Default Re: Cedar or Cpyress ?

    The two woods are closely related. The bees like both. Durability is an issue with cedar, just be gentle. Cedar and Cypress are both lighter than pine. Great for lifting, not so good for exposure and rough handling. I went to all Cypress this year, but all my woodenware is true one inch thick.
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Portland, OR, USA
    Posts
    637

    Default Re: Cedar or Cpyress ?

    We build all of our wood products (Warre hives and horizontal top bar hives) out of true 1" Western Red Cedar and it works great for us. Like they said, it's a little more fragile, but at 1" with at least rabbet joints it holds up well to abuse. Plus it does great in the elements. Cyprus should work great, too, though I've never used it. I'd get whichever is less expensive in your area.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Huntersville, NC
    Posts
    25

    Default Re: Cedar or Cpyress ?

    Cool.. thanks all... appreciate the insight...

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Winder, GA, USA
    Posts
    163

    Default Re: Cedar or Cpyress ?

    Has anyone noticed if using cedar causes a decrease in SHB activity? Just wondering if the smell would keep them out?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Augusta County, Va. U.S.A.
    Posts
    102

    Default Re: Cedar or Cpyress ?

    I am not speaking from experience so I can't answer if the smell keeps away SHB. I can, however, point out that in my experience, cedar smells when cutting, sanding, etc. After it sets and weathers for a short time, you don't smell that distinctive smell.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads