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SPECIES & GRADES

The best bee hives start with top-quality lumber, and because we've been in the wood remanufacturing business for more than 30 years, we're proud to offer lumber options that are not only ideal for housing bees, but are environmentally conscious and long-lasting. Western Cedar and Pine are both stable, long-lasting woods that provide excellent insulation for bees. Whichever wood you choose, you're choosing a hive that is not only kind to the bees, but kind to the environment and the beekeeper. Below are some key points about wood options and grades.

WESTERN CEDAR
Kiln-dried Western Cedar is our premier wood option. Although this premium cedar costs more, it has many advantages: excellent strength for weight, natural rot resistance and a beautiful glow. Kiln drying ensures consistent moisture levels to minimize warping and cracking. If cared for correctly, a Western Cedar hive can last decades. We usually leave our hives unfinished to weather naturally to a grey patina, or alternately you can seal them with a coat of pure Tung Oil.

PINE
Kiln-dried Pine is our value wood option. Pine is slightly heavier than cedar and it doesn’t last quite as long. Even so, Pine is a very stable wood with few, infrequent knots. It’s strong, durable, and provides great insulation for bees. Pine trees grow very straight, are dimensionally stable (meaning they resist warping, shrinking), and process beautifully through our machines with minimal tearing or cracking, making it the ideal pine species for bee hives. It can be painted or sealed with a coat of pure Tung Oil

PREMIUM GRADE
Premium lumber that has the least amount of imperfections allowed. This grade allows small tight knots on the outside of the box and small imperfections on the inside. No knots in the fingers, rabbets or hand holds are allowed.

COMMERCIAL GRADE
Premium lumber that has a limited amount of imperfections allowed. A clear face may be offset by imperfections on the opposite side. This grade allows small tight knots on the outside of the box and small imperfections on the inside. No knots in the fingers, rabbets or hand holds are allowed.

BUDGET GRADE
Our Budget Grade definition is so clean, one may mistake it for other manufacturers' #1 product. This grade is functionally sound with an allowance for tight solid knots, small pitch pockets and small tight cracks. Imperfections that interfere with the structure and functionality of the box are not accepted.