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    Default New Composite Langstroth

    Hi All,

    A few years ago I posted a thread asking about composite/fiberglass hives. The topic was why they are not being used. As a composite racing yacht builder, we had moved away from wood for good reason.

    Anyway, I went on to design and perfect mine and won Popular Mechanics Magazine Inventor of the Year 2014.

    Here is a link that shows the hive. I post this as some asked to be kept in the loop with my design.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRqtiDZU7uQ

    Thanks
    Greg

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    Default Re: New Composite Langstroth

    How much does the composite Langs weight per box compare to
    the cedar or pine hive?
    Is it more expensive than the wooden one? I'll bee interested in some
    composite clear frames, please.
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Default Re: New Composite Langstroth

    Is there a website? Will they be available in the U.S.?
    --shinbone
    (1975-1980, and now since 2011; maintain about 10 hives; Zone 5b; 15" rain; 5500')

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    Default Re: New Composite Langstroth

    Quote Originally Posted by shinbone View Post
    Is there a website? Will they be available in the U.S.?
    www.bestbeehives.com
    Thomas Bartram

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    Default Re: New Composite Langstroth

    drlonzo - Thanks for the link.

    I am not sure if the Best hive is available in the U.S., but the website shows a "Double D Hive" which includes two deeps and two mediums (with frames, I think) for 3,400 Rand, which converts into $283 U.S. dollars at this mornings conversion rate.

    The hives are claimed by the website to be Badger and Baboon proof, resistant to brush fires, and have a 50 year life span.

    Interesting stuff!
    --shinbone
    (1975-1980, and now since 2011; maintain about 10 hives; Zone 5b; 15" rain; 5500')

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    Default Re: New Composite Langstroth

    Pretty but way too unaffordable!

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    Default Re: New Composite Langstroth

    Oh, great. Now I have to worry about baboons.
    Buy the ticket, take the ride. -H.S. Thompson

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    Default Re: New Composite Langstroth

    Baboons proof!
    How come not Bear proof too?
    Are the Baboons more aggressive than the Bears in tearing up the hives?
    Thanks goodness I have neither to deal with here. Only the mites under control now.
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Default Re: New Composite Langstroth

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Aberdeen View Post
    Hi All,

    A few years ago I posted a thread asking about composite/fiberglass hives. The topic was why they are not being used. As a composite racing yacht builder, we had moved away from wood for good reason.

    Anyway, I went on to design and perfect mine and won Popular Mechanics Magazine Inventor of the Year 2014.

    Here is a link that shows the hive. I post this as some asked to be kept in the loop with my design.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRqtiDZU7uQ

    Thanks
    Greg
    Those look sweet. I'd like to see some pics with the bees in em' though.

    Regardless, methinks that costs are the biggest factor in the seeming lack of progress in hive construction materials. Wood is still relatively affordable, and most folks have the basic skills needed to work with it for their projects. Fiberglass though? Not so much.

    Until more modern materials are as economical as wood, and as easy to work with, I see the ol' wooden Langs still reigning as the "go to" hive by the majority.

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    Default Re: New Composite Langstroth

    Bear Testing: They can be sent to CA Folsom Zoo. That's where the used to test bear canisters.

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    Default Re: New Composite Langstroth

    didn't show it close up but not very much beespace above the frames for space below the lid?

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    Default Re: New Composite Langstroth

    Nice job.

    Can I get a Flow Hive with that?
    Mark Berninghausen

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    Default Re: New Composite Langstroth

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Nice job.

    Can I get a Flow Hive with that?
    and that magic hive feeder that is invisible

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