Hello and thanks for looking over my question.
I am completely new to all of this, but I am slowly learning. Very exciting for sure!
I just ordered a "Hoover Hives" Langstroth Bee Hive 8 Frame 2 Deep 1 Medium set up, which should arrive within a week or so. I do live in So California and I plan on setting it up on top of wood chips over weed mat in my back yard, and I've been looking over hive stands. I am aware of some of the different DYI methods using cinder blocks and or wood beams, but I'd rather see about using an actual stand for aesthetic reasons. And sadly due to my ten thumbs and complete lack of all wood working skills, I am forced to buy one.
First, is there any reason something like a water heater table wouldn't work? The size seems decent at 21" x 21" and 18" high and can hold 650 LBS.
I do have concerns about it being a 100% solid top, which would restrict airflow from the bottom. I'm not sure if this matters, but I do see most stands seem to have an open bottom.
https://www.amazon.com/Eastman-86278.../dp/B00838IOZE (They can be found for under $20 on eBay)
Can a bee hive stand have a 100% solid top? (I did Google the question with too many off-topic choices)
PS- I forgot to mention that I'm trying to go cheap on the stand.