build or not to build???

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by jboy381, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. jboy381

    jboy381 New Member

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    for a total greenhorn(like me),is it better to build the hive body and frames or buy a prebuilt hive???

    john
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    BUY....

    Unless you want to work for less than 10 cent per hour.
     

  3. jboy381

    jboy381 New Member

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    WOW that was fast...i think i might have said it wrong...i meant the woodware kits...i really don't want to build from scratch...

    john
     
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    Crofter New Member

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    Iddee is not far off on the wages you would earn.

    There are critical dimensions that must be met to maintain bee space and component interchangeability. You do not want to compound beginner problems with oddball components . Buy a set of matched components and after you work with them you could copy. Unless you find the wood for free it would cost almost as much for components as the finished product. Wooden ware is not high markup items.
     
  5. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Buy the unassembled parts and assemble and paint yourself.

    Is that what you are asking? If so, yes.
     
  6. jboy381

    jboy381 New Member

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    thanks iddee,
    that's what i was asking...

    john
     
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    I order mine from Mann Lake, cheaper in lots of 5 or more, with free shipping on most orders over $100.00.
    Then assemble and paint them.
     
  8. Americasbeekeeper

    Americasbeekeeper New Member

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    It is worth the skills and knowledge to assemble your own hives. Assembly is our March workshop at USF. April we put bees in their new hives to take home. For the last 3 years we kept the total cost down to less than $100 for a ten frame hive with bees.