Welcome to Beesource, Bovis, and your post above is fine just like it is.
LJ, I want to comment that this apparent "increasing the cost of a hive, as well as requiring the apiarian to routinely handle more frames" is supposedly countered byLangstroth's only criticisms of the smaller format (on both occasions) were that the use of the smaller frame would require more of them in each hive - thus increasing the cost of a hive, as well as requiring the apiarian to routinely handle more frames
Welcome here.Hello everyone! I am a new member here.
My name is Elena, I'm a Russian Sebirian by birth.
I have been beekeeping here in the UK for just over two years (on WBSs).
Last winter I built five Alpine hives, and four of which are populated now.
I am really excited that I found someone who have a local experience with Alpine Hives.
I follow him on Youtube.This is how I'd like to harvest my honey:
That first video looks like a good faith attempt at making a beehive bear proof. Just think if you made the boxes out of oak or yellow pine then clamped them down to cement foundations.Hello.
I'd like to share a few of my favourite youtube channels of users of the Alpine hive/ Alpiski/ альпийский улей/ H-108/ Homich/ Khomich-Delon/ Half-Delon, whatever it is you want to call it, since it doesn't have an English name. The little Warré descendant with internal dimensions 300x300x108mm. Which is remarkably like the 18thC Johann Christ Warré predecessor, but framed.
I'd be interested to see channels on the full sized Delon hive too, if anyone knows some. I assume there are many in French. But since this Vladimir Homich variant is Russian and Russian is my hobby, my favourites are Russian & Ukrainian
I was inspired to post this by GregV and little_john's exchange in another thread where Yaroslav Mukha/savvasfly came up. Here are some others:
- Oleksey Medyanyk (Ukraine)
Russian, elsewhere Ukrainian
Basically the grandad of the Alpiski(after Homich himself). I may be wrong but I get the impression he's largely responsible for the growth in popularity of the hive. Has some back-and-forth with Yaroslav Mukha/savvasfly. Has many videos on hive construction (and management, mainly topless). This is part 2, on foundations/set-up.
Invented a nail-less frame design using dovetails for comb honey.
- Simple bee (Ukraine)
Nice, straightforward videos of Alpiski hives (simple, apart from the robotic router he has for frame spacing rebates lol). Here working a personal record of a fourteen-box/1.9m hive. Sometimes adds English video titles.
- Boroda (Ukraine ...I think)
Woodworker and bee guy. Started to use Alpiskis after an injury. Demonstrating here getting bees into this small format hive from other formats. Linked by GregV before.
- Sidor Bortnik (Ukraine)
I like this guy's voice a lot. Uses classic Delon wire frames with an unusual frame spacing top bar. This video is sarcastically called 'Alpiskis are "knocked down" by the wind' (correct me if I'm wrong). It's an example of the hive format standing steady in pretty high winds.
- Rodnaya Paseka (Ukraine)Russian
Quite a big Alpiski apiary. Here's a video of Valery the owner doing some anti-varroa bee cooking in his bee sauna (10 minutes at 47C/116F).
- The Skupnovs (Russia)
Продажа матки из нуклеуса Russian
Commercial beekeepers who use Alpiskis among other formats. Here's a video of their 3-chambered adapted mating nuc version of an H-108 body.
I hope this is of interest to somebody, some day. I also hope this amount of linking doesn't break forum rules.
Alright, so single possibly, double maybe, but hives of that size. All I am seeing is a lot of destroyed equipment, and some rather hostile bee’s if a bear shows up.🤣That first video looks like a good faith attempt at making a beehive bear proof. Just think if you made the boxes out of oak or yellow pine then clamped them down to cement foundations.
I agree , but I must say yellow pine is one of the toughest woods out there. And I'm half tempted to put little nubs at the corners of each box to interlock them kinda like legos. Then if you clamp them down to a concrete foundation??? Or maybe even use angle steel on each corner of the hive. Hmmmmmm???Alright, so single possibly, double maybe, but hives of that size. All I am seeing is a lot of destroyed equipment, and some rather hostile bee’s if a bear shows up.🤣
Search for "concrete beehive" Though they were invented to deter theft, bet they are more bear resistant than any thing you could build out of wood. Company in Africa even sells molds. Quite expensive molds...I'm going to come up with a bear proof bee hive sooner or later.
Hi Bovis.I'm pleased to hear you're back on the small format, little_john, and I wasn't aware of how broad the use of the foot footprint was, historically. Thank you for the information. The plan I got quite obsessed with was Christ's.