When we built some new stands this summer, I started by pounding old fenceposts, then cut them to hight, and put 4x4's on top. I'm using 8 feet spacing on the posts, with 16' 4x4. I expect these stands to last many years. Photo taken when most of the bees were in a yard elsewhere, and we built the new stands before they came home for the winter.So this year I am making them from 2x4's instead of 1x's.
Those stands look nice, BUT will start to bend if not supported. I use 4x4's, with blocks supporting each hive.If those stands start to warp or bend down, you can screw some 2x4 legs where ever you need one for added support. Personally I use 2x8's of treated lumber supported by cinder blocks.
With the winter weather here, blocks wont make a difference. We've had 10 inches of rain already this month, and it's only the 5th, the ground out back is soft and soggy. Blocks will just sink. Putting the hives on palettes isn't viable for the winter here either, they get totally waterlogged, they have to be up above the ground run water. Rains here start in late November, and continue pretty much non-stop thru till the beginning of February.Those stands look nice, BUT will start to bend if not supported. I use 4x4's, with blocks supporting each hive.
Buy three 2X6X8s or 2X8X8s. Cut two 10" pieces from one board and nail those pieces between the other two making a double H hive stand. That's all you need for three hives. Get pressure treated lumber so it lasts longer.Last year I had a hive stand break apart and almost collapse. This is one I had purchased.
So this year I am making them from 2x4's instead of 1x's. Has anyone else had this issue with a hive stand or is currently using 2x4 hive stands?