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  1. #1
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    Default The Foolery of Using Pallet Wood For Bee Equipment

    This was beautiful 7/8" cedar 1 X 5, primed painted and glued. But, it was such new growth, a bit pithy and unstable, that it shrank and expanded so much it would not hold paint. The T & G joints open and close by 1/4", Western covers leak. Some have rotted and grown fungus in less than five years. $100 saved on lumber, $1000 of labor wasted. Go ahead, Charlie...tell them what a cheapskate I am.




  2. #2
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    Default Re: The Foolery of Using Pallet Wood For Bee Equipment

    Cedar, due to it's natural rot and insect resistant properties was not designed to hold paint. Stain yes... primer and paint...no.
    Not for long anyway. lol
    Proof is in your pics above.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: The Foolery of Using Pallet Wood For Bee Equipment

    I get what you're saying, but some people have more time than money, and might look at the free material for the boxes and such as their only way to expand, rather than saying I will only have a couple hives because i cant afford qaulity boxes, they think i'll have as many as I want and replace my "free" boxes as needed, my opinion anyways, a low/no cost hive is better than no hive

  4. #4
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    Spokane Valley, Wa.
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    Default Re: The Foolery of Using Pallet Wood For Bee Equipment

    Pallet wood also has a lot of dirt and other junk embedded in it and can be really hard on saw blades and planer knves.

  5. #5
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    Spokane, Washington, USA
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    Default Re: The Foolery of Using Pallet Wood For Bee Equipment

    Kiln dried cedar works well... Most of my boxes are western red cedar and have been holding paint better than any pine box.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: The Foolery of Using Pallet Wood For Bee Equipment

    Can't say I blame your for trying Olly!
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

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