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Offline The Bix

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Building a few Warre hives for 2012
« on: January 03, 2012, 12:35:43 AM »
So, I almost have two complete Warre hives right now.  I've been using S1S2E Cedar lumber and I've been putting the rough side facing out.  I got to thinking though that it might be better for the bees to have the smooth surfaced side out.  Any preferences out there?

Thanks!

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Re: Building a few Warre hives for 2012
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2012, 07:11:30 AM »
Rough side in, will promote the use of propolis as a covering as the bees do not like the roughness. Although there have been several beekeepers over the years promoting this practice, recently some "research" types have had a light bulb turn on and started realizing that this may not be all bad for the hive that uses propolis for healthy hive reasonings. Go figure!

Some beekeepers intentionally rough cut their lumber on one side to use the rough side inside th hive.

I do not intentional seek out rough cut lumber. But when I do have it, I will use it.
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Re: Building a few Warre hives for 2012
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2012, 10:08:05 AM »
Thanks Bjorn!