Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?
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  1. #1
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    Default Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?

    HI,
    I have equipment mostly from Brushy Mountain (out of business). I loved the quality of their equipment... I have tried other vendors (Mann lake, etc.) but, I find that there was a noticeable difference, albeit at a cost, in the quality of the equipment.

    If anyone has/had noticed this and has found a replacement vendor that has similar quality as Brushy Mountain... can you respond or message me?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?

    Which equipment specifically? The frames from Mann Lake are exactly the same as the ones BM sold and are much less expensive. All my original equipment was from BM so I compare everything I buy to their stuff. Kelly's select grade boxes are top notch and I prefer them over ML boxes, but the cost difference has me buying the ML boxes.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?

    If I order online I go to Mann Lake (some of their stuff is available AmazonPrime as well). Miller Bee Supply is my other favorite. They're only about the same distance as Brushy Mountain was from me (techncially they are farther away but they're on a state road rather than having to zig-zag up the mountain roads to the mountain top where BM was).

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    Default Re: Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?

    Quote Originally Posted by drckbdrj View Post
    I have equipment mostly from Brushy Mountain (out of business). I loved the quality of their equipment... I have tried other vendors (Mann lake, etc.) but, I find that there was a noticeable difference, albeit at a cost, in the quality of the equipment.
    Interesting! I had 180-degrees the opposite experience with BM vs ML. See here:



    I don't mean to kick BM when they're down (not that it matters any more); this is more to just endorse the quality of the ML product. It's a really nice OH! Except for the bee space in the upper chamber. But that shouldn't matter for a couple of days.

    I'm having a youth group over to learn about bees next month, so that'll be my first opportunity to use it.
    Painted Peacock Manor, Palos Verdes, CA

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    Default Re: Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?

    Before Brushy Mt. started making their own equipment they were getting it from Miller Bee Supply. That's where I get most of my equipment.

    https://millerbeesupply.com/catalog/
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    Default Re: Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?

    Hudson Valley Bee Supply in New York had some BM items a few months back. Might give them a call.
    Zone 7a - 1650ft

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    Default Re: Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    Before Brushy Mt. started making their own equipment they were getting it from Miller Bee Supply. That's where I get most of my equipment.

    https://millerbeesupply.com/catalog/
    I just drove up there, great place, great equipment, they ship free. IMG_1118.jpg IMG_1119.jpg IMG_1120.jpg 100% American made
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    Default Re: Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?

    I made a video of MIller Bee supply for you who have never been there.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0TE4hVGTYk
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    Default Re: Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?

    I also liked the quality of the woodenware from Brushy Mountain. I started looking for a new supplier last year when they went out of business.

    For frames, I think Mann Lake has the best.
    For supers, I like Dadant commercial grade the best as a replacement. I have several Kelly supers but really don't like the wood and cut quality. Mann Lake supers are slightly larger than Brushy Mountain but the quality seemed really good.
    Beekeeping 6 Years - 12 production hives and about 12 nucs - Treatment OAV Only

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    Now that much of my equipment is reaching 20+ years. I'm finding that betterbee equipment is lasting the longest. Especially there frames.

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    Default Re: Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    Before Brushy Mt. started making their own equipment they were getting it from Miller Bee Supply. That's where I get most of my equipment.

    https://millerbeesupply.com/catalog/
    Quote Originally Posted by ifixoldhouses View Post
    I just drove up there, great place, great equipment, they ship free. IMG_1118.jpg IMG_1119.jpg IMG_1120.jpg 100% American made
    I was up in Nc and got 2 from them as a test great hives

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    Default Re: Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?

    [email protected] (888-319-9994) Kinston, N.C. free shipping over $150. I've bought several boxes and frames from these folks and the quality was pretty good. They make it and ship it and they also have bees. Check out their website and videos.

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