I put creosote poles into the ground about 2 feet deep, then build a square frame of treated lumber to hold 4 colonies. Each colony faces a different direction. The stands are about 18 inches off the ground which is convenient for me and reduces problems with turkeys and such eating bees.
I make stands of 2X4s that are 8' long. the have 6 legs sitting on cinderblocks. i like the working height of them and when only three hoives are on a stand, the spaces between the hives are fitted with frame holders. so, if need be, i could set all 10 frames from a hiven in the built in frame holders and swap boxes, or whatever. 5 hives will fit on each stand. Sorry, no pics of them, but i'll be documenting my beekeeping much more closely this year. My first season was a whole lot of shooting from the hip.
We have bee eating cane toads (Bufo Marinus) here, so our hives must be up on stands. My wooden stands are collapsible and consist of two rails to sit the hives on, and at each end are separate frames structures in the form of a rectangle with a piece of timber across the rectangle about 4 inches below the top part of the rectangle. This is where the rails sit and when the bottom of the rectangle piece is pulled back it locks the rails and when the hives are in position it is quite stable.
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