Anyone ever encountered any workmanship issues with Flow Hives?
My first FH was the original earliest model. It was all good apart form the roof shingles that had knots in them, and they eventually warped and cracked. Painting instead of oiling would have helped but they were weak to start with. Flow replaced the shingles for me.
Second hive was bought second hand but unused - a newer version of the original apparently. One of the boxes has a twist in it no matter what. Maybe I can try to sand it into shape but I think it’s not as easy for someone with no carpentry skills and basic tools. I have to hope the bees will fill the gap with propolis.
The roof is also not square. Not a big issue, I can deal with that. it can be a tad tricky to put it on.
Now I just bought a brand new Flow Hive 1 which was discounted, but no mention of it being seconds. It is just horrible. Panels are a good 3mm shorter on one end and this will leave a gap between the boxes.
I’m not sure whether this is within the tolerances of brood boxes, but the cheap pine boxes I bought (probably made in China) are perfectly square and fit well.
Am I just unlucky, or am I making an unwarranted fuss. I don’t feel good complaining to Flow all the time, begging for replacements?
And one last thing - anyone knows whether an Araucaria lid fits a cedar super? My understanding from their website is that it’s not…