Helpful Hint - order your equipment and hives at least 3 weeks before you expect your bees to arrive. Picking up at our store in Fairmount, Il? Call us to place your order and be scheduled for a pick up date and time.
A year ago we purchased some cedar boards and begin exploring the idea of building cedar Langstroth hives. Cedar is a slightly thicker board and is smooth on one side and rough on the other. This caused us to make sure we could keep the traditional sizes of our hives and frames and still retain bee space.
Also, we had to design our own top. Our own, Jesse, spent several months thinking through a cedar top and finally came up with a peaked top with a strip of copper across the top. We decided that our Langstroth cedar hive should come with two deep hive bodies and two medium supers, complete with 20 deep wooden frames and foundation and 20 middle super wooden frames and foundation. Our cedar hives are fully assembled and untreated and unpainted. They are absolutely beautiful. The natural color of cedar is gorgeous. Keep in mind that cedar wood is much more expensive than traditional pine. However, if you’re looking for beauty, it’s worth the investment. Most people making cedar Langstroths make a traditional flat top. But we feel the peaked roof adds class. Remember these are built right here in our shop. We are NOT reselling these from some other place, no middle man here. We take pride in our work. Keep in mind that cedar is very dry so you might consider adding a protective coating.
Because these are custom orders, please allow 3 - 4 weeks for delivery.