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A classic Warré hive becomes a log hive …

Our Warré BeeTowers with the reed insulation and the wooden rings have proven themselves very well in the now almost 2 years.Two towers are now occupied with strong bee colonies from natural swarms and the long honeycomb aisles built in one have already arrived at the bottom of the flight hole.

warré Klotzbeute

In 2023 we will harvest some honey from a tower where a lower Warré element of 10 cm height was recently placed on top.

Compared to the Zeidler log hives, reed towers are much lighter and therefore more mobile, which is their advantage over the weighty log hives and tree hollow simulations made of solid wood.

Until now, the brood chamber with the reed insulation was made in one piece. A Zeidler Tree Beekeeper said that more wood must be used to store heat, as reeds insulate better but cannot store heat as well as solid wood in a Zeidler hive.

Whether this is important in practice remains to be seen.

With a jigsaw and some glue, using 70×50 mm thick wooden slats which are used in the sawmill for stacking sawn timber, this prototype was created using an industrial Warré from the beekeeper’s trade.

The laths were glued together horizontally in three layers at a 90° angle with airy spacing. I filled the deliberate gaps with a little clay plaster so that the wood can work and breathe better.

The finished Warré Beetower element in the outer dimensions of 35 x 21 cm weighs 10 kg with the 20 cm inner chimney and thus filled with honeycombs would weigh about 16 kg and be individually removable.

For the required 32 litres of space that an autonomous bee colony needs to survive, you would need 5 Warré boxes in this construction, as with the reed Warré BeeTowers, which would be a total of about 50 kg without Ecofloor and climate box.

Bauelemente Warré Klotzbeute
The lowest semicircular blocks are placed in the box and glued to the inner walls or fixed to the box with wooden dowels so that they do not slip. The upper parts are placed on top of each other without glue at a 90° angle. This allows the wood to work and breathe even better. I fill in any gaps and unevenness with clay plaster.

Since all the elements can be transported individually and placed loosely on top of each other like a Warré and do not have to be braced or connected to each other, this would be a way to build a great Warré log hive, more mobile and cheaper without special Zeidler tools and transport machines.

If all the parts are joined together on site if necessary, this solid wood Beetower can also climb trees for those who think they have to or if the environment demands it.

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