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    Default Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    I currently have two hives on concrete blocks and will be adding 3 or 4 more over the winter for next year. I would like to build some sort of wood platform for them to sit on, where could I go to get some ideas? I suppose some 4x4 posts driven into the ground with 2x8's running length ways would work. Thanks for any ideas

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Maryland Beekeeper View Post
    Wow those are some cool houses

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Recently someone here showed a hive stand made to keep ants out. Search Ant proof stand and you might find it. my description from memory-Metal pipe with one end in the ground and the other with more pipe joined to make a "T". this supports a wood frame.
    I am using cinder blocks and wooden single hive stands

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by maryland beekeeper View Post
    holy cow!! That a bee loft!! Like my pigeon loft ,lol that is so cool never thought of that, that is great for your bees because it will be warmer inside there got the winter in one of those , great idea

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Buy 1- 2x4x10' pt
    From that, cut two pieces 4' and two pieces 1'
    Nail the 1' pieces between the 4' pieces, 1' from each end.

    Holds two hives.

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    Buy 1- 2x4x10' pt
    From that, cut two pieces 4' and two pieces 1'
    Nail the 1' pieces between the 4' pieces, 1' from each end.

    Holds two hives.
    Thanks for the idea. That sounds similar to this one I just found:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLDavYxX6R4

    Love the idea, will just make it a bit longer

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Ive found using an 8 foot 2by3 can get a little tight if both hives arnt right on the edge. I think for now on I'm going to use 10 foot. micheals sugestion works. I also have some really old planks laying around. I made 2 stacks of 2 cinderblocks and laid one of the planks across. It is holding a few nucs now. Don't know if I want to put full size hives on there.
    Chris Cree
    Cree's Bees

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by bosco500 View Post
    Thanks for the idea. That sounds similar to this one I just found:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLDavYxX6R4

    Love the idea, will just make it a bit longer
    I prefer 2X6 Dbl H Hive stands.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    I am all about repurposing things. This spring I'm going to use some old 4 x 4 treated posts and a 4' x 4' heavy duty oak skid. It will be more like a table when finished. I plan on putting 4 hives on it each one 90 degrees from the other. I think it will serve it's intended purpose in a few of my out yards that no one sees.
    At the home though, I have a 2x6 frame painted white and treated 4x4 posts buried into the ground.

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    THE BEST STAND FOR HIVE I SEEN YET AND ARE SIMPLE TO MAKE ARE THE ONES USING concrete blocks WITH REBARS LIKE THIS PHOTO FROM ONE OUR MEMBER TOM IN SOUTH AMERICA TOM PHOTO.jpg
    PUT SOME GREASE ON THE BARS AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANT PROBLEM OR SOME INSECT PROBLEM THAT CANNOT FLY

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Hi,

    Try this one out.Bee_Stand.jpg.
    for the 10' platform I used 4 @ 2"x10" and 1 @ 4"x4". I have a sketchup file if you would like to pull dimensions. I would also like to add some type of wrap to the 4x4 that i can fill with grease like other platforms.

    Gary
    Last edited by garusher; 12-05-2012 at 06:22 AM.

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Check out warehouse pallet racking on craigs list. The uprights are around $5 per foot and the stringers are around $3 per foot. So 2 x 6 uprights ($60) and 4 x 12 stringers ($142) should put you back about $202. You then can put a tin roof on it if you want to keep the rain off the hives. Hives can be strapped down and the system can be moved anytime you want.

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    I love this idea wished you had more details and better pictures. oops wished I know how to delete this post

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by RAFAEL/PR View Post
    THE BEST STAND FOR HIVE I SEEN YET AND ARE SIMPLE TO MAKE ARE THE ONES USING concrete blocks WITH REBARS LIKE THIS PHOTO FROM ONE OUR MEMBER TOM IN SOUTH AMERICA TOM PHOTO.jpg
    PUT SOME GREASE ON THE BARS AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANT PROBLEM OR SOME INSECT PROBLEM THAT CANNOT FLY
    I love this idea wished you had more details and better pics

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by EarleB View Post
    I love this idea wished you had more details and better pics
    this is better a drawing of it


    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=1&theater

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Plastic pallets are inexpensive, have ample room for two hives side by side, extend well in front of the hive to keep down weeds, are low to the ground so that a tall hive does not get to tall, and last a long time. They will fit four turned facing different directions.

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Can I use two rows front to back or is that not a good idea? If so what should the minimum spacing be front to back?

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    Thanks for the ideas guys and gals. Here is what we wound up doing, most was done with leftover scrap materials. Turned out well, the bees have a great view Going to build another next to it
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Default Re: Need some ideas for hive platform(s)

    I'm clapping my hands Great job-looks nice!
    Very nice spot too.

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