Still waiting, hence more questions.
I am just curious to know if there is any science behind how high the bee hive should be above the ground.
From the hundreds of hives I have seen, just about anything goes. I’ve seen them near the ground on bricks and there is a photo of a flow hive head high with Cedar. Would seem that about 75-80 mm (24" or so) is convenient for commercial hives and this is what I am aiming for my single hive,.
I’ve also thought about sitting the legs of any hive support in shallow water to deter ants. We have some nasty little sods that get into everything. Get rid of them here and they start over there and I don’t like chemical means of getting rid of them. Could also serve as a water source for the bees.