I am now seriously planning on building a horizontal langstroth hive. I am now considering on what material to build it with. Wanting to ‘reinvent the wheel’, I want it to look smart as it will be a feature in my front yard.
I have been considering all the timber options and like the idea of using Western Red Cedar but this is somewhat pricey. Pine is another option but I like the idea of oiling and not painting.
A local timber merchant in Sydney has suggested that I get my hands on some Eastern Red Cedar. I have done a little research in the net today and it seems as though it has similar qualities as Western Red, just having a darker red colour. This timber comes from the Eastern States of America. They say that some people can get an allergic reaction when working the wood - what about the bees ??,
Does anyone have any experience with using Eastern Red Cedar to build hives.