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New natural beekeeper in WV

 
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B Dawson
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Joined: 08 Mar 2017
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Location: Berkeley Springs, WV USA

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:39 pm    Post subject: New natural beekeeper in WV Reply with quote

Anyone else doing natural bee/top bar hives in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia? I'm new to this and have already been told by the local square box bee association that "top bars won't work here because it's too cold!" Yeah, right.

I'd love to find some like-minded folks in the area to meet with once in while. I'm actually in Berkeley Springs (Bath), WV.

Cheers,
B
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ingo50
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum . You could use thicker wood for your hive as climate cold, or build a People's hive ( Warre ).
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B Dawson
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the reply, ingo50!

I'm planning on 1" (2.5cm) thick Western Red Cedar per Chandler's plans. I'm adding an insulated gable roof - plywood covered with tin.

I've also the benefit of an old stone barn foundation on three sides. The open side faces south so lots of thermal gain!
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