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Offline WhipCityBeeMan

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Insulated bee hive
« on: September 20, 2008, 09:10:21 AM »
My great uncle had 1 hive that is an insulated hive.  After he passed away I got into beekeeping and I still use that hive. The inside of the hive is standard dimensions then there another layer of wood around the outside with a 2" air gap between the wood.  So the outside dimensions of the hive are significantly larger than a standard hive.   In other words it is a hive inside of a hive. 

Has anyone seen a hive like this?

Does anyone know where this hive could have come from?  Perhaps it was homemade.

This is without a doubt my strongest hive and it overwinters extremely well.  I wish all my hives were made like this.

I can post a picture if anyone would like to see it. 


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Re: Insulated bee hive
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2008, 10:09:28 AM »
I would say its homemade and I would like to see a pic, thanks.


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Re: Insulated bee hive
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2008, 11:05:04 AM »
Here are two pics. 

The first show the difference between the insulated hive (white) and a regular hive (green).



The second show the thickness of the wall between the inner wall and outer wall.  My hive top feeder is on which makes the picture not quite as good.  It is chilly this morning and I didn't dare move it off as I didn't have my veil on. 



After my great uncle passed away his 4 hives were left untended.  There were 3 standard equipment hives and this one.  This was the last one to die out and I believe that took several years to happen.

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Re: Insulated bee hive
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2008, 11:09:01 AM »
No pic's just a blank
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Re: Insulated bee hive
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2008, 11:34:01 AM »
Yeah I know.  I am having trouble uploading the pics.  I just bought a mac.   Does anyone know if the uploading tool that is provided on this forum works with mac. I think it should but I can't seem to get them uploaded.

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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2008, 11:38:25 AM »
ARRGH That's what I use when I get mad when the grandkids are here. :-D
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Re: Insulated bee hive
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2008, 12:54:08 PM »
Are you uploading using the link below the reply space?

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Re: Insulated bee hive
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2008, 09:54:40 PM »
They were popular back in the 1860s or so.
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Re: Insulated bee hive
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2008, 09:55:08 PM »
Here are the pics again.  I got it to work.  Perhaps I was too impatient.  

The first one shows a green hive which is standard equipment and the white hive which is insulated.  



The second pic shows the thickness between the inner wall and outer wall.  It would be a better pic without the hive top feeder but obviously the frames are right below it.  

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Re: Insulated bee hive
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2008, 09:59:06 PM »
They were popular back in the 1860s or so.

I guarantee this hive isn't that old.  I wish someone would build them again.  I love this hive!
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Re: Insulated bee hive
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2008, 11:44:13 PM »
It looks pretty easy to make... if nothing else a simple modification could be done to any standard hive body to add this feature... maybe even add insulation if you're that concerned about insulating your hive.  Just build it like a standard house wall, only use 1x2's instead of 2x4's for the studs... make sure to cap both top and bottom... especially if adding insulation.

Anyway, wood is a pretty good insulator by itself, so I don't think I'll do this with any of my hives, but then again, I don't live up in the great frozen tundra like some of you do.

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Re: Insulated bee hive
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2008, 09:10:23 AM »
They were popular back in the 1860s or so.

I guarantee this hive isn't that old.  I wish someone would build them again.  I love this hive!


     
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