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bigbearomaha
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« on: October 27, 2009, 10:02:35 PM »

I have a question for those interested in top bar hives.  BTW, I am not trying to sell hives here.  I do hope to get some input from folks regarding buying them though.

I have an opportunity to 'recycle' wood into hives.  How well do you think they would be received?

I am thinking the people interested in being "green" might be very interested.

I would obviously "pretty them up" with a fresh coat of paint on the outside.

What do you think, is the interest in recycling a big enough motivation?

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2009, 08:55:24 AM »

I'm sure there would be a market,  you just need to find it and market to it....   Like most things,  it is more about the marketing than the actual product.
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2009, 08:19:47 PM »

It might keep your cost basis down  grin

Several of our hives are built from discarded old fence boards and they look fine.  In this part of the world (Pacific NW) those are often 3/4" thick cedar!  Usually have to cut off the bottom 18" because of rot but that leaves plenty of wood to build 2 sides of a medium Lang box or the top half of one side of a Top Bar hive (assuming you use 2 planks per side).  I doubt you could charge extra for having used recycled lumber but it may give you a larger profit margin, assuming the lumber is free or cheap and there is enough of it available to meet your needs.

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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2009, 05:46:29 PM »

I've seen several places were people were inquiring about buying Warre hives.  You might consider that.
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2009, 07:42:15 PM »

Yep , I build Warre hives, KYTB's and Lang boxes.  so far, I have been using scrapwood to build my own use but the new white pine to build for others orders.

 I build to order anyway, so I figure if someone wants to use 'recycled' wood, we can negotiate.

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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2009, 08:11:09 PM »

Some people say I have a bad attitude.   I say, screw them.

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