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  1. #1
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    Default What metal to use for deeps?

    I am going to try and build hives over the Winter to use this Spring. I am wondering what kind of metal and what gauge should I use for the 2 inner edges of the deeps that the frames will be set on. The ones that came with the hives I purchased last year are very thin and somewhat bendable. The closest thing I can think of would be thin sheet metal that can be purchased at hardware stores. Sheet metal is quite difficult to bend by hand(hand tools) in a short 1/2 inch width, though. I am hoping that making all my boxes will end up being less expensive than buying it all. Thanks, juzzerbee.

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    Default Re: What metal to use for deeps?

    Save yourself the trouble and simply forget about the metal frame rests. They are basically useless imo. I ripped out any that I installed as a newbie.
    BeeCurious
    5 hives and 8 nucs................... Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: What metal to use for deeps?

    I also don't use them. The few boxes that HAD them I removed them.
    Beekeeper? Shoot, my bees keep me!
    100 hives in Western Wa State

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    Default Re: What metal to use for deeps?

    I don't use them but how about an epoxy resin?

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    Default Re: What metal to use for deeps?

    I removed all of my old ones. I never use them.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: What metal to use for deeps?

    Yep just bare wood here.

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    Default Re: What metal to use for deeps?

    A positive comment seems appropriate amongst all these bitter old men who seem to be filled with hate against innocent little strips of bent metal.
    I use the 90 degree shaped ones that do not leave a space for SHB like the ones with the bent up support used on deeper rebates. They certainly are not necessary but maybe make the frames a bit easier to break loose rather than wood propolised to wood. Be sure to nail them on the vertical side so that there are not brad heads to interfere with rabbit edge scraping.

    And yes, the INSIDE of the box is painted, I used good for the rest of my life redwood siding that was painted white, I wanted natural wood boxes so I turned the paint inside.


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    Default Re: What metal to use for deeps?

    I agree. Can't imagine not using them. Makes cleaning/scraping so much easier.
    Regards, Barry

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