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Building a warre hive with recycled wooden boxs

 
Derek Willson
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Location: Redfield, NY, zone 5, average snow fall 184", elevation +/- 1,072', tug hill
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I have been recently give a bunch of wooden boxs around 60. The inside dimensions of the box is 22 3/16" x 17" x 7 1/4". And in the plans for abbé émile warré hive the inside dimensions are 11 13/16" x 11 13/16" x 8 9/32". My question is will the over sized dimensions work? Really looking forward to more information on warre hive
 
R Scott
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Work, yes but not ideal. It will be hard for then to regulate temperature.
 
Derek Willson
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R Scott, yeah I hear ya was thinking about that also. Just trying to save my self a big step. I'll probably just end up breaking the boxs down to workable material and building them the correct size. One thought though of mine was making the correct size hive inside of the boxes for an added air space of insolation any thoughts?
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tel jetson
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I think that's a nice looking box. plenty of uses for boxes. hive bodies are simple to make. I suggest using that box as a box and building hive bodies out of something else.
 
R Scott
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I agree with tel, those are nice boxes. They would make great boxes for starting plants or trees.

 
Derek Willson
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Location: Redfield, NY, zone 5, average snow fall 184", elevation +/- 1,072', tug hill
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There r great boxs very sound but I have so darn many lol, I still am going to us them around the farm so many ideas worm hive, root cellar, fold out vegetables bins in our farmers market trailer etc. well I just came back inside from the shop and this is what I came up with for the box inside a box for the added air gap insolation.
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Todd Parr
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I would move that short wall toward the edge of the box and put in another short wall on the opposite side so you have insulation all the way around. If you have 1x lumber to use for the inside walls, even better.
 
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