I'm still not through my first year but did have a lot of fun with my first two hives this year. They're heavy, well populated and gave us a lot of honey this year and gave me a lot of quality time (and arguments) with my daughter/partner. As I think many of here know, soft wood prices skyrocket late last summer between a building boom and COVID home bound DIY. Prices in August were around $850 mbf ( from under $400 earlier this year) but this week it's already down to $549 and project to continue to drop. The reason I'm writing this is because I was planning on buy more boxes and frames, possibly a pallet of deeps and a pallet of mediums but am looking at the prices at Mann Lake today which have gone up quite a bit since the 2020 catalog I have on my desk from last year. I see the same thing with other woodenware and being an new bee, don't have any historical data from other suppliers. I'm looking at roughly 50 deeps and 65 mediums (pre-built with wood/plastic frames) on their bulk buy of pallet load. Are the rest of the suppliers like this too?
I am also planning on building an addition on my house this winter (finally after 20 years of promising my wife) and pressure treated and framing lumber has also sky rocketed. I'm thinking about delaying (again) the purchases of both until after the first of the year as wood prices are expected to continue to drop but there is a point I have to get this done to get bees and keep momma happy before the first flow. Anyone else seeing prices on wood and wooden ware jumping?