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    Is there any reason to not use cedar on hive boxes ? I know that aromatic cedar is used to control moths , but I was recently given some cedar that is used in home construction for things like fascia board . It does not have the strong smell that the closet lining type cedar has.

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    no reason...wish I could get a truck load of cedar!

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    Grant Cedar Mill is where I get all of mine. I highly recommend them. The boards are mill cut, so you will have to edge and plane if you want thinner boards of 3/4" thickness. I started making hives out of the 1" thickness though for simplicity. My own system so to speak.
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    Cedar makes a great material. It's rot-resistant and termite resistant. The redder the better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewJoe View Post
    no reason...wish I could get a truck load of cedar!
    Don't you have Cypress in NC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snl View Post
    Don't you have Cypress in NC?
    Yes we have plenty of cypress...like cedar it is expensive, and unlike cedar and contrary to popular belief cypress is not as weather resistant as many people think!

    I think some natural colored cedar hives with a clear coat on them would make a very nice looking bee yard. But the price keeps me from using it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalonRedding View Post
    Grant Cedar Mill is where I get all of mine. I highly recommend them. The boards are mill cut, so you will have to edge and plane if you want thinner boards of 3/4" thickness. I started making hives out of the 1" thickness though for simplicity. My own system so to speak.
    http://grantcedarmill.com
    Cedar makes a great material. It's rot-resistant and termite resistant. The redder the better!
    Do you leave the hives unfinished? If not what do you finish with Talon. (I added the "Talon" so that I would not be grammatically incorrect .

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    >Is there any reason to not use cedar on hive boxes ?

    No reason except cost if you're buying it at full retail. It will make no difference to the bees or the wax moths or the Varroa mites... but it will last longer.
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    there are a few types of Cypress as well. There is a variety of swamp cypress that has much better properties than what is commonly available in NC. (think about the difference between red and white oak)

    Speaking from the furniture hobby instead of the beekeeping hobby experience.

    Rob.

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    Default Re: cedar hives

    So cedar does not eliminate or suppress wax moths?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marant View Post
    So cedar does not eliminate or suppress wax moths?
    Nope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marant View Post
    So cedar does not eliminate or suppress wax moths?
    Strong hives suppress wax moths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleo C. Hogan Jr View Post
    Strong hives suppress wax moths.

    cchoganjr

    I'm with Cleo on this. #1 suppression of wax moths: lots of bees
    #2: don't put hives in shade

    #3: holes should be limited to where you want them, either top or bottom entrance, or both, but not at sloppy corners, etc. Bees can propolize them closed but good wood working leaves more time for honey making
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

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