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I started my first hive this summer and already know that I will be involved with bees the rest of my life. I plan to build five hives this winter. I've downloaded several sets of plans. Here's the question: I don't plan on moving any of these hives once they are placed in the spring. So, would it be better to build the new ones with 2 X 12 lumber since weight isn't an issue? It seems that the thicker lumber would provide better insulation in both summer and winter. Of course, I would build the tops out of something lighter. Comments?
 

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Thicker lumber works for us. It is better insulated from heat and cold. Thicker boards do not warp and split as readily either. Langstroths need to be light for manipulation and transport. TBH can be concrete if that is the best material available.
 

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I was thinking about 2 X 12 pine. I haven't seen thicker cedar around here, although I live about 15 miles from Cedars of Lebanon park. That's 9000 acres of mostly cedar. Protected cedar. What do you think about 2 X 12's from Home Depot?
 

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You did not mention what kind(s) of hive(s) you are planning to build. Are you building Top Bar Hives, Langstroth Hives, Warre Hives, or some other kind of hive?

If you wish to increase the insulation of your hive walls, styrofoam insulation board is lighter weight, costs less, and insulates many times better than wood.
 

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hi
the most important thing in building supers are the inside dimensions. if you use thicker lumber the inside dimensions will be reduced if you go by ouside dimensions.I inspected bees in ny for 3 yrs and have seen all types. i would not go over 7/8 lumber. frames, covers and everything starts to stick or bind up. whaterver you do the most importand thing is to keep everything the same and think about bee space. otherwise you will need a 2ft hive tool.


good luck
 

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Cypress Is the Best wood for beehives if you can find it...Being in the south i get it from a local Sawmill at 2/3 the cost of*whitewood* from the local home improvement store...since it grows in the swamps it repels water like a ducks butt..check out my Cypress hives and new wwod at http://kenny61.wordpress.com/
 
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