Slicing a brood box into ekes
The photo below was sent to me by Erik Brown in Virginia. Eric wrote, “I was inspired to make your no-cook candy boards for my three Langstroth hives this year, but I was dismayed to find that Brushy Mountain doesn’t carry 8-frame ekes. I was on the way to my father’s, who is a woodworker, so I bought a medium and had him cut it into thirds. It worked great and I put them on the hives yesterday.”
You can see a photo of Erik’s finished no-cook candy boards on his blog, and you can read about his weekend trip to the Brushy Mountain store in Pennsylvania. It sounds like they give excellent customer service.
Slicing and dicing
It seems that beekeepers do a lot of slicing and dicing to make the equipment they need. I have some medium boxes that were given to me by another beekeeper that were shallows once upon a time. It looks like a box was cut into thin slices and the pieces added to the bottom of the shallows. I can’t figure out how they are attached—glue maybe?—but I’ve had them about ten years and they were old when I got them. Still, they show no signs of coming apart.
Of course, beekeepers are always cutting deeps into mediums or mediums into shallows. In true beekeeper fashion, we always want the dimension we don’t have, right?
Anyway, I just wanted to show you another piece of beekeeping ingenuity at work. Thanks Erik!
Also see my post: A no-cook candy board recipe for wintering bees.
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