Accoya Wood

*article under construction. This is more of a place holder at the moment until I can add more info and photos. Alex of Spicers Hollow Native Bees dropped in some Accoya offcuts. I plan to make a box with it and do some of the usual basic tests over time. The box might kick around […]

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Coatings Test 2022

I’ve added a couple of new products to the list. Doug Irvine uses the Intergrain Heavy Duty finish on his finger joint boxes so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve also recently been trying the Weatherfast Poly Clear and it seems quite good. The best long lasting coating is exterior white paint but […]

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Sensors and Data Logging

This article is about the sensors, not specific boxes or tests. There will be other articles that follow the progress of particular boxes in more detail. The Sensors Sensors I’ve used here are called: INKBIRD Bluetooth Temp Humidity Sensor Digital Data Logger Thermometer Recorder. These sell at $35 each (April 2022 – price has gone […]

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Observation Windows

If you keep looking you wont be able to see! Observation windows have become quite popular in the native bee community, though not necessary and you shouldn’t let the lack of one turn you off a hive sale. They can be very interesting and handy for checking on your colony. Light: Native Stingless Bees will […]

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Wooden Pegs

Wooden Pegs / Dowels for Native Bee Frame Construction Wooden pegs or dowels can be used to pin frames together for that fancy box you’re making if you’re trying to get away from the exposed screw look. You can use any kind of wooden dowels bought from the hardware store. These will almost always be […]

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