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    Default Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

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    So me and my 7 year-old son were riding in my neighborhood yesterday and I happened upon some faux/particle board wood that was thrown out by the street.

    I backed my van up and proceeded to haul it away, and look what I've slapped together thus far.

    I just need to make a roof, legs, top bars and I've already done a follower-board:

    WACKY? YOU BET !!!

    Will it last forever? Heavens no. However, once the roof is on (with overhangs), it will last quite a stretch.

    It's free - so what's the big deal if it doesn't last a decade?

    By the way, are there any recommendations of types of paint to go over that faux finish for added protection, or is the faux finish protection enough??




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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

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    Here's another I have built last year from trash wood.

    By the way, this hive is presently booming with bees:









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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

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    Here's my barrel hive I built last year also:

    Weird? YES !!!!!....But the bees LOVE weird.












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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Awsome !
    thats the way i roll.

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by curios1 View Post
    Awsome !
    Thanks

    Now who has a cheap package-of-bees still available so I can fill about two of these hives?

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Nothing wrong with free materials!

    I would paint the edges of the cuts, but leave the faux finish as is.

    > Now who has a cheap package-of-bees still available

    How many swarm traps do you have placed? Free bees to go with those hives would be hard to beat!
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Well done! I too keep an open eye for free reused materials.
    All top bar hives of mine are made from reused pallets found beside building sites. The roofs are also from reused materials. I only bought a few screws and some linseed oil to coat the hives with.

    Even the greenhouse in the pic is from reused materials as well as my chicken tractor and solar dehydrator ... and the dog house too

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    I'm new to this. Has no one shown concern over the formaldyhide used to make particle board?? I worry the Texas heat and rain will swell and dry the chemicals into the honey. Ever been inside a FEMA trailer with this problem. Did you hear about the health risks?

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Now a suggestion. Get together with a local fence company and see if they will allow you to haul away the old fence. It's like barn wood and sometimes you get cedar instead of fir or pine.

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by DrDoorlock View Post
    I'm new to this. Has no one shown concern over the formaldyhide used to make particle board?? I worry the Texas heat and rain will swell and dry the chemicals into the honey. Ever been inside a FEMA trailer with this problem. Did you hear about the health risks?
    Point well taken.

    Yes, I have concerns about it.

    However, won't the faux finish lock in all the formaldehyde from seeping into the hive?

    If I knew for sure it was really going to be that big of a deal, I'd scrap it.

    I mean, we don't even vaccinate due to horrid ingredients in vaccines - INCLUDING formaldehyde..

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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

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    I'm done with my formaldehyde death-trap.

    However, I don't think they will be exposed to too much formaldehyde due to the faux finish inside sealing it off.

    From what I understand, most of those fumes evaporate soon after wood is built.

    But one thing they WON'T be exposed to is Checkmite(TM) or any other obnoxious chemical that's 20 times more harsh/deadly.

    Here are the pics:








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    Default Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

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    I moved my bees from my house to a friend's farm last night. Then today, I set up what hopefully will become a fruitful bee-yard partnership. I set up the other two top bar hives next to the active one and hopefully hope to soon have many more:







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