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  1. #1
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    Default The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    My Christmas present to myself this year is a six super hybrid beehive. A month in the making, it is named Hex for its hexagon shape, Plex for combining practical Langstroth features with the simplicity of Warre topbar features, and named Pagoda for its appearance, that brings in spiritual and cosmic energy. Each box holds seven regular medium depth Langstroth frames. The three different length outer combs on each side have Warre type fixed top bars and fixed bottom bars that are not a removable frame. The fixed bottom bars are to minimize comb attachment to the frames below. The hive includes a solid bottom board, a slatted rack, queen excluder, division screen, quilt box with luann cover, a stand and a roof. The quilt box differs from a Warre quilt box as it has a beespace below the 1/8 galvanized screen bottom. It is reinforced so that it can be used to hold feeder jars. The division screen will allow it to be run as a two queen hive. It is set it up as a double bait hive at its permanent home outside my living room window. I feel the aura that it exudes will make the Hex Plex Pagoda very attractive to local swarms looking for an unusual home.

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    Default Re: The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    Looks spectacular!




    Did you get that compound cut angle worked out, or is there a reason you are only showing us one side?
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    I included this link showing pictures that I more or less mastered the angle. That little stinger on the roof took three afternoons and is still a bit funky. The roof was the hardest part. With ample caulk, silicone and sanding, and turning the bad side to the back, it came out OK. Two garbage cans of redwood kindling available.


    http://s156.photobucket.com/user/odfrank/story/68457

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    Default Re: The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    There are a few YouTube videos on this type of hive coming from Japan. Start a search with "Japanese Bees" and you are bound to come across the videos.

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    Default Re: The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    Interesting concept (the outer fixed combs w/ central movable frames).

    Just be sure to place it on a proper ley line and the aura will exhibit an exponential increase resulting in swarms fighting each other to move in.

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    Default Re: The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    That's really cool. Beats the heck out of my rough tin roofs.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

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    Default Re: The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    It only attracted two scouts since swarms started 3/4, so I loaded it with a prime swarm this morning.



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    Default Re: The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    Loaded 2nd swarm today. 1st swarm downstairs has reached the third super of drawn combs, no sign of comb on topbars but didn't look below.


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    Default Re: The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    OD, that is a thing of beauty.

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    Default Re: The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    Thank you. Now I have to figure out what to do when it fills up.
    1. Let it just get jammed packed and remove full frames of honey at end of season.
    2. As it fills up replace full combs with empty.
    3. Make adapter boards so I can add Lang supers with a ladder. I have 20"X 20" mediums which would be nice and stable.
    4. Hope that the flow ends as it gets full.
    5. ...

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    Default Re: The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    Thanks, I've enjoyed your project. Looking forward to more.
    4 yrs, Peak 14, back to zip, T lite; godfather to brother's 3.

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    Default Re: The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    This is a thing of beauty, thanks for the pics

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