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I am looking to make some stands / Platforms for my hives can you all post some pictures of what you use. Was thinking of making them out of rebar.I use a screen bottom board so I would like them open as much as possible.
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I used concrete blocks with PT 4x4's spanning them. I also put a pile of diatomaceous earth on the ground around the blocks to keep out the crawling insects and ants. Anything that keeps the hive at a good working height and supports the weight will do.
 

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I find that sturdy freight pallets make nice hive stands. I level the pallet one time and all 4 hives are level.

I don't move the hives. I just use the pallets because they are cheap and convenient.
 

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Hive stands can be anything to get them off the ground. Wood houses are 18 inches off the ground in the south to stop termites and ants. The blue under the teaching hive is what I used last year.
http://americasbeekeeper.com/September2009 006.jpg
This is a closer view when I caught the swarm, same stand.
http://americasbeekeeper.com/pics 016.jpg
This year I am using a four foot stand with the same goals of the USDA hives at the White House. I have the common sense reasoning, putting the hive back to natural at
http://americasbeekeeper.com/height_of_hive_entrance.htm
 

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chrissv;But then I'm a first year beekeeper said:
I would add some diagonal bracing to it, or shear plywood between the legs. Those legs look like they could buckle. You stack those hives up with a big honey crop, get a strong wind, deer collision, mower collision or earthquake....I would hate it see it topple.
 

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He had that stand with a top bar hive on display at the Morehead bee school yesterday. Looked very good. His top bar hive is the best I have seen and a great price.
 

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Guys I'll measure them in the next day or so. Paul that was Jim Coss's hive stand that I linked a picture to. We were heading that way yesterday morning but ran into a couple of inches of snow.
 

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I use FREE pallets they rot away after a few years but they are FREE :applause:
 

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Guys I'll measure them in the next day or so. Paul that was Jim Coss's hive stand that I linked a picture to. We were heading that way yesterday morning but ran into a couple of inches of snow.


I thought you were Jim. sorry. Jim seems like a real nice guy. I ordered 4 packages from him at the school.
 

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We own a business and get lots of things in on pallets and every once in a while we will get in a plastic pallet so I have been saving up the plastic pallets to put my hives on.They will probably last a long while.
 

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Dunkel, thanks for posting a picture of Jim Cross's rebar hive stand.

What is the diameter of the rebar 5/8" or 1/2"?

It looks like it could take at least 300#. Supporting the legs on bricks set at grade level.

I am going to build a few for a friend.

Walt
 

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http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmisc.htm#hivestand

My intent is to have a stand I can easily level just once for 14 hives (eight frame hives), and be able to push them all together for the winter for warmth. The long runners are 16" apart with the front set so if the backs are in the center against each other the front edge of the hive is at the front edge of the two by four. And the back one is so that if the front is even with the front of the ends then the back is still on the two by four in the back.
 
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