How much weight is safe for the hive stand. I currently have 5 deeps (3 for the honey) - but if full they could each weigh around 70 lbs. They are currently working on the 5th. Has anyone ever had issues with too much weight on the wood?
I think much depends on the hive stands themselves. How they're constructed and of what material. I build my stands and they sit on 4X4 legs with 1X6 rims. They are built to hold 1 or 2 hives depending on the length I make them. I never worry about the weight. They're built to hold a lot. In fact, I find myself having to shim the legs after a wet spring because the weight pushes them into the ground. If yours have similar characteristics regarding material strength, I wouldn't worry about it. Sturdy construction, square assemble and level installation makes for no worries.
Donnie you must be a strong man. I tried to move a deep that was mostly honey one time, and immediately decided to go the 8-frame all medium route. I haven't gone 8 frame yet, but am starting to work mediums in.
Donnie the Barbarian or Donnie the Destroyer
My friend and I have them 6 high. He hurt his back. I got 5 and 6 off but putting them back:doh: Man! My are more like 90 ibs,,,wall to wall honey.
Fazing in the mediums. Anyway,,,,Deeps full of honey are 90 lbs more or less,,,Brood will be something less but can still weigh 50 lbs easy. So,,,will your stand hold 350 to 400 lbs,,,,that might even be conservative:scratch:
Just my best guess
I know my hive stands would hold 370 pounds because I jumped up and down on them right after I built them(I've since lost 80+ pounds) but I guess the more important question is why would you leave 3 deeps of honey on the hive? Wouldnt it be better to pull them and spin them out so the bees can clean them up and start over again?
I've seen some photos in older bee books where the hives were 8 and 9 deeps tall. Just for kicks and grinnies I let my boomer hive keep going, and I added supers until they stopped using them. Needed a step ladder to work the hive. It was fun, for a one time experiment. Then the #@$&* twits turned two supers of honey into bees... oh well, such is life.
But it would be fun to add a photo to your album of a hive 9 deeps tall, you on a ladder working it. Something to show your grandkids. But on a regular basis? My back hurts just thinking about it.
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