Cedar or Pine Warre Bee Hives

There have been lots of questions about the advantages and disadvantageous of the two common woods that you can buy your natural beekeeping Warre beehive in.

Here is a quick summary for you-

Cedar beehives-

+ We use Western Red Cedar. This wood has a high natural oil content, relatively tight grain and this makes it ideal for water resistance and outdoor use.

+ No linseed oil or paint treatment is required.

+ In comparison to Pine, Cedar is maintenance free and will potentially last many times longer.

– The wood is soft to machine / plane and this does mean the finished product tends to have a rougher surface finish than Pine. This is cosmetic only and does not affect the performance of the wood in terms of beehive suitability.

– Cedar is a more expensive wood than Pine.

Pine Beehives-

+ Affordability. Pine is significantly lower in price. On average each beekeeper has 3 to 5 beehives!

+ Its effectiveness as a beehive is the same as Cedar. I did read a feature that suggested Cedar might be a better insulating wood for over-wintering, but I think the strength of the colony and hive position outweigh this suggestion.

+ When regularly treated with preferably Raw Linseed oil (www.woodfinishesdirect.com) the life of the wood can be extended many times.

– The wood needs treating before being exposed to the weather. We do this for you with two coats of linseed oil.

– Ongoing maintenance is required if you wish your beehive to look new and to gain extended life from the wood.

– Typically with the rotation of bee hive boxes, a box could be in the field for up to 3 years. This box would need a good sanding and then two new coats of linseed oil applied.

– Even with maintenance, a pine bee hive is unlikely to outlast a Cedar bee hive.

I hope this summary helps you with the choice of either a Cedar or Pine Warre bee hive. As always any questions please do not hesitate to call.

Best regards, David