I have just today received my flow hive and I’m really excited about starting with Bees!
It’s the Australian Pine version, the full kit sort of thing.
Started assembling the brood box and super.
The supplied screws are poor quality. While screwing them in (using a very low torque on the drill) I managed to strip the heads of at least 3 or 4. They are now stuck more than half way in. I’m going to have to turn them out with a pair of pliers and send them back to be replaced or just buy stainless screws from a fastener joint. One of them I might not be able to get out. Some I drilled a pilot hole, some I did not. Stripped heads in both cases.
Not a big deal, but it would have been nice to get decent screws, not cheap butter screws.
Another issue with the little wooden knobs that were supplied. One of them doesn’t have a thread fitting like all the rest do, so it too will have to be replaced.
Apart from that, I’m so far impressed. The assembly was a little more tricky than I imagined, but it’s all good.
A few questions now:
- No instructions provided about weather proofing it. Should I paint or stain? What should I use?
- Do I just place it on the ground? I’m assuming it needs to be level, but should I create a brick platform? There are loads of whiteants/termites around our area and I don’t want them getting into the pine. I was planning on putting it in our Orchard as there are lots of fruit trees and it’s a nice spot away from the house. Are there any good resources about choosing a location?
I am looking for a local beekeeping group who may be able to answer my questions. It’s all a bit old school around here though, so I don’t know what reaction I will get about the Flow hive.
Albury/Wodonga area, Victoria, Australia.