We just received our 3rd full flow hive in cedar, and the flow box seems inferior timber in as it has the top sides shaved off to half thickness and one of the bottom sides has a timber knot that can’t be shaved away to snug up to a bottom box.
Also the end viewing panel has a 1cm gap on one side, enough to let a bee through, but also SHB, and the top strip falls out even with the lever in place.
Whereas all those pieces from our last pine box would fill those spaces perfectly.
Did anybody else encounter this ‘discrepancy’.
I am a bit of a perfectionist and even though I can deal with things, this is unacceptable. I paid full price, not 2nd grade price.
I had our long Australia Day weekend assigned to tung oil my future boxes. Admittedly, I won’t need these till spring, still, how come this stuff even gets sent out for full price?
If flow wants to keep their reputation for a quality product, they need to quality control what gets sent out under their label. My flow box sure is crap. Nice timber though. But seconds, not worthy for a bee box.
It just depends on if flow is looking at improving quality or cut costs.
I would be for quality and improve on that. Let the Chinese do the other part and fail.
That’s why I don’t understand how come I got this really bad product of a flow box.
There is another issue, ask me about it another time, once this is solved.
What is happening to flow, can they keep up with quality and how do you cope with crap not knowing where to complain to?