Mike Haasl wrote:This chunk of wood from my neighbor would be about 36" in diameter so maybe my local bears wouldn't be strong enough to topple it.
Mike Haasl wrote:I think you're right Trace...
I've been noodling on this more. I'm currently thinking about making the hive the "normal" size and then putting it on top of a cedar post. The post would go 4-6' deep for stability and the bottom of the hive would be 7' or so off the ground. Then I'll wrap the cedar post with single wall chimney pipe so the bears can't climb it. I'm thinking a beefy ass 10-14" diameter post. Then to work on the hive I'd have to do it from a step ladder. I could put it on the downwind side of a row of pines for wind protection. Plus then it won't be inside any fences so the bears won't have a reason to tear through them to investigate the hive. From a distance the hive would look like a huge birdhouse on a post
Mike Haasl wrote:Hey, I'm back to working on this. My neighbor's trees came down and I've been cutting and splitting like crazy. The biggest log chunk is 21-22" diameter at the small end after the bark goes away. So I think it would be perfect for a hive. 10-12" core with a 5" wall sounds ideal. To get 40 liters of internal volume it only needs to be 22" tall. I think I'd do more like 4'.
To do my bear prevention, I'm now thinking I'll put two 12' posts in the ground (4' deep). Then I'll lag bolt the log hive to the posts so the hive is several feet off the ground. Ideally so the top is above easy bear reach but not too high to safely access from a 6' step ladder.
I think I'll attempt a rough copy of Hal's log hive design from this video:
I'll put bars in the top per Michael Cox's design in the hopes that I could harvest some honey someday. But it would be one integrated log, not cut apart chunks (due to bears...)
I'd use a chunk of the log as the roof, I'd just need a hasp system to lock it on in a way that a bear can't rip off. Pics will be coming...
Mike Haasl wrote:Thanks Mike! Any need to put it on the opening or can they sniff it out from inside?