When Campbell's Honey shifted focus from Hobby Beekeeping to Commercial, some 30 years ago, we began by purchasing the bees and equipment from several retiring honey producers. These bee-men were running profitable operations with good bees, but their equipment was old and beginning to show its age.
We were happy to get healthy bees, and the used equipment was of no concern at the time.
Since then we have expanded the operation, built a modern honeyhouse, and the time has come to replace those old weather beaten honey boxes, with equipment that is more suitable to our business.
The pine lumber for the honey boxes was purchased in skid lots, and the work was done in our heated shop at Campbells Honey.
The shop was a noisy place as we all worked together hammering and sawing, and turning the long pine boards into servicable honey equipment.
The lumber was first sawed to length, and mitered along the edges to make a close air-tight fit. Then the ends were mitered along the top, to make frame rests. They were then securely nailed together using 2 and a 1/2 inch ardox nails.
Once the honey boxes were built, we moved them to the honeyhouse, and waited for a clear warm day to paint them outside on the dock.
The paint was White Semi-gloss Exterior Latex, single coat finish. This paint sprayed on evenly, and covered well. These honey supers will do double duty, either as brood chambers or honeyboxes, and we hope they will last for at least, another 30 years.