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     Premium wood quality, strict grading procedures, and excellent, consistent fit are the key to our woodenware.  Here at the New Hampshire Honey Bee, we use only premium grade 3/4" thick, kiln dried Eastern White Pine (EWP) in all boxes and major components of our Hampshire Hives woodenware. Sourced right here in New Hampshire, we insist all our pine is harvested utilizing Certified Sustainable Forestry Initiative practices.  In addition to EWP, we use 3/8" plywood in our inner and outer covers to insure strength and durability. All of our peripheral parts; inners, outers, bottom boards, etc...are assembled with high quality exterior grade wood glue and stapled, nailed or screwed as indicated. Telescoping outer covers are capped with 26 gauge galvanized steel covers sourced from a sheet-metal shop just down the road. Non-chemically treated Eastern White Cedar, from nearby Maine, helps make our landing boards more moisture and insect resistant than other woods.     
     Our full-time, year-round operation has come a long way in the last couple of years. In 2014 we moved from a part-time woodshop leasing a small 2,500 square foot space into our own 14,000 square foot workshop and warehouse.  We've upgraded existing machinery, added new, and built custom machinery, significantly increasing our production capacity while maintaining the highest quality standards possible.   

Grading:
          Most manufacturers use three grades; Clear/Select, Commercial, and Economy/Budget. Our Select grade will have no knots, blemishes or other wood imperfections. Our Commercial grade may include Red knots and/or occasional small, tight Black knots.  They may also include minor superficial wood blemishes. No knot will impact structural integrity, functionality or durability of boxes or peripheral parts.  Commercial grade woodenware is by far the most commonly used. Our Economy grade will  have Red and/or Black knots and/or other wood imperfections and blemishes. We use the same tight Quality control fit standards for all grades.   
         Commercial and Economy grade products available for pick-up at our store in Gilsum, NH.  We ship only Commercial grade product for all internet-based sales.  We don't typically ship economy grade in less than bulk quantities (pallet).  Please contact us directly for Select grade, bulk pricing, custom solutions or dealer information.  

8 Frame Equipment:
            Within the woodenware manufacturing world, 8 frame equipment is  available in three common widths; 13 1/2", 13 3/4" and 14". We choose to use 14" width as our standard. That little extra space in the box allows for frame spacing, installation of many standard sized interior feeders and is compatible with the new Flow Hive design. If mixing 8 frame equipment from different manufacturers, we suggest you measure the outside dimension of your boxes before ordering to insure proper fit.

Box Assembly Tips:

          All corner box joints are pre-drilled for assembly. When used with an appropriately sized nail, pre-drilling virtually eliminates the chance of splitting the joints during assembly. We recommend a 1 3/4" 5d Ring Shank.  In a short time, the bees will seal all the interior joints with propolis; which weather proofs the joint and adds additional strength. Glue is not required, but recommended. If you do choose to glue, use an exterior grade wood glue. We use Titebond II.            
 
Painting Tips:
          Painting exterior surfaces adds a personal touch to your hive and extends the useful life of the box. We suggest using a quality exterior grade primer followed by a coat of quality exterior grade color on outside surfaces only. White is the "traditional" hive color. However, it really is about personal preference. Latex, oil-based and arcrylic paints, as well as urethane and oil finishes are all acceptable. However, insure all boxes are painted  and allowed to thoroughly dry before introducing bees into the hive. Two or three weeks drying time is recommended.              


 
     
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