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I built 6, 5 frame nucs yesterday and the low grade knotted pine I used still cost $55.

While I was in there strolling around, I noticed some 1 or maybe it was 1 1/4" thick closed cell pink styrofoam used for R value sheathing (old school stuff would be celotex) on the exterior of houses, a 4x8 sheet was $16. Could probably use liquid nails to glue the pieces together.

I see those beemax hives are styro, wonder if this pink stuff would work? Anyone use material other then wood? I'm just tired of paying shipping, for 5 nucs. unassembled, bodies only, it was close to $80.
 

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Use 1/2" CDX plywood. Or, check the lumber yards for Yellow Pine boards. On top of that, yellow pine has very good rot resistance.
 

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I made some here this spring and got the CDX for about 13.00 a sheet, easy to build too, and with paint should last a while.
 

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kind of off topic but i use 1X12x8 white wood from lowes its only 8 bucks a piece and i can get four deep hive bodies out of three pieces so that's 6 bucks a hive body
 

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If you are thinking of using foamboard, get the "foil" coated stuff, and tape any seams, frame rests, exposed foam corners with HVAC foil tape

bees will chew (low density) foam.

I have used plenty of foamboard in my mating nucs
 
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