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brett soutar

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  1. We will have something in spring.our don't fault setting is bee box timber with crypto poplar pine and mac.will have lawson as welll
  2. Hi There already milled out about 100m reckon another 300-400 to go. any interest out there in bee land
  3. Hi There we are doing a run of crypto will be milling out to 25 mm thick and 200 or 250 wide. length will be 2-3m. putting through round 20 stems more or less. price will be $4 plus gst p/l/m. Can supply a full gst invoice. Pick up only. Location waihi. Cryptomeria- great straight grain timber. Nice to work with. very light and above ground durable. Dries very quickly but without shrinkage .Many of our boxes are made from crypto and they are already 8 yrs old and no need for paint. First in first served. If you would like the whole order then please specifiy and we can mill t
  4. Some of our crypto boxes now about 8-10 years old. we don't paint them either .
  5. Cool thanks for that dansar. anyone else
  6. hi there as promised we are starting to bang out bee box timber at 250 x 25 2m long and 200 x25 at 2m long. Basically a box a length. we can do other dimensions as well but will be putting a few stack to gether. we are doing poplar cryptomeria and Lawson as well as pine and mac (when it comes in) at the moment my question to you fellow bee keepers is... what is a fair and reasonable price per l/m. we would like to be able to supply the bee keeper that wants to make two or three boxes or the guy that needs to put a few hundred supers together. Yes we are looking to make money but at t
  7. Yeah I do a lot of comb but wont have time to make simplicity frames this year so just looking to pay $$. Many thanks
  8. Hi Guys after a supplier of 1/2 deep frames????Thanks in advance
  9. Nice dansar we use a lot of crypto for our boxes . Its great to mill and amazing to work with. We will be stocking crypto and poplar very soon in bee box dimensions. Another one is cedar deodara. heavy but very stable. The figure in the grain is worth the effort alone with the mill etc. Bees love the stuff. I know that any timber is alright for the bees as soon as we open up a log and bees from our resident hives wander over to have a look see and a lick or two. the poplar lags are almost like a honey flow but its propolis they seem to be after.
  10. I tend to do most of my own boxes rough sawn
  11. Thanks for the replies so far. Poplar is a light and fairly durable timber. have milled some in the past for board and batten as well as weather boards. my poplar boxes seem to be doing the trick. We will start cutting some dimensional in the next month or so ( got a few trees to climb in the mean time). So will cut to some of those dimensions mentioned above and we will see what we can do price wise. What time of the year do you need the timber . would be great to get a good supply sorted for when you need it or are passing with a trailer and think you might pick some up.
  12. Yes we get Paulownia from time to time. Mainly for guitar makers
  13. I knew I was going to get a couple of those ones.... come on now...serious
  14. Hi everyone. we have run a mill as part of our business for the last 5 years. It was only recently that we had interest in timber for bee boxes on a larger scale. ( I have always milled and built our boxes ) Just wondering if there is any interest in timber for bee boxes and what dimensions are best for you . We were looking at 250x25 as standard . We have run pine, poplar, crytomereia , cedars, mac etc. So we will milling timber specficaly for the bee keeper. We also have a selection of hardwoods for runners. We like the idea of no treatment timbers for runners and base boards especially.
  15. by using crush and strain you reduce disease risk and any chemical build up in the wax. You may use less gear this way as well as harvesting little and often is a quick affair. Also as I use the fresh wax to make polishes etc this serves another purpose. Bees seem to enjoy drawing wax especially on just cleaned off frames. As long as there is a good honey flow I think the bees build cells and fill them pretty darn quickly.
  16. If im doing an afb check for someone then they are right there doing it with me. With the newbies the import thing is to implore upon them that an afb check should be done when ever you are into the brood and always when you are taking off honey. It should be a regular part of the beekeeper entering the hives.
  17. Howdy mate yep milling is great fun. Couple of suggestions for you put a log under one end and mill down hill. keep spare chains that are sharp and I mean sharp. 15degrees will give a more aggressive( Faster) cut but 10 degree while a bit slower will give a smoother cut. Lawson is pretty hard on lungs so a mask for dust is good idea. shortbacknsides.co.nz have fun.
  18. we do ours for 200. but they are ready when they are ready.last spring was terrible for getting nucs powering along so people just had to wait
  19. Ive been using oa now for 12 months and am sold. Bees seem healther, queens lay better for longer. sure it takes more time than strips but hey the hives are in good nick going into autumn.
  20. if that system works, Michael bush says its good... its gold.Now the cost only needsto be sorted. At what price do other beekeepers think would be fair in this country to have this system
  21. how many metres you thinking? will start a stack for you
  22. think it depends on your trees . the Lawson we use is between 80-90 years old and tight grained so no issue. This is the same with many softwoods. If you can get heart and old heart at that your pretty good.
  23. From what I know many of the pinus and cedrus families have properties that can cause problems with sensitisation, this effected more of the single species millers in early days of mass logging, rimu in particular was responsible for many early deaths and illnessin NZ. Mac has a worse name than Lawson for sensitisation. Grivellia family, sily oak in particular has been known to kill. Im pretty allergic to the ######s after climbing and removing them for years. Shaun from three houses of cladding I wouldn't be worried. we have used Lawson for several years in some boxes. But if you can ge
  24. Yep haven't heard that one.. but I have an open mind -please explain
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