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    there are lots of you tube videos - here is one link from a series of videos

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol0CNaLvJXM

    also - a half size version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oKQNnB-JlU

    In german but you can see what they are doing !
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatshark View Post
    Bloody hell....................no wonder you want to make your own. They are made in Eastern Europe and I suspect they cost about 3p to make over there. Full deep frames, made up, eyeletted, and ready wired are currently coming in at about 49p from these sources.

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    Apideas cost around 30 , the EWK's cost around 26 for just one box and last for ever- maybe thats why they are the best

    http://www.biredskapsfabriken.se/se/...sta.php&id=585

    277kr = about 27

    And thats just the inner box not the house (57) to hold 2 of them - lot cheaper to make !

    If you ever get to see one of these from sweden, the workmanship is surperb, I have one a friend sent me and its a work of art


    You wont ever see these at thorneys - they cant make enough money out of them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calluna4u View Post
    Bloody hell....................no wonder you want to make your own. They are made in Eastern Europe and I suspect they cost about 3p to make over there. Full deep frames, made up, eyeletted, and ready wired are currently coming in at about 49p from these sources.
    At 50p each I can grow my own trees, then cut, plane and shape the wood for less than that.

    I seem to remember that to qualify for 49p/frame you need to be purchasing more than 10 at a time

    If we're talking about daft prices for frames then it's worth looking at Thorne's foundationless V-shaped top bar frames ... 10, ready assembled for 34.

    I suspect that's part of the catalogue you rarely visit

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    You might also find that after brexit, all that imported stuff will skyrocket in price Apidea 50 anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatshark View Post
    If we're talking about daft prices for frames then it's worth looking at Thorne's foundationless V-shaped top bar frames
    Foundationless frame - small bit of thin ply and thats job done ........ did you not read that bit "By popular demand" ... first I've ever heard of these

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    Actually, jsut noticed Thorneys have now stopped selling apideas but do the plastic rainbow thing instead for 8.50 Looks like a small version of a picnic ice box (now there's a thought could this below be converted into a ... Nextgen mating hive? ..)

    https://www.physique.co.uk/Hot-Cold-...fe&fo_s=gplauk

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    Quote Originally Posted by busybeephilip View Post
    Apideas cost around 30 ,
    I paid less than 15 for most of mine direct from Swienty (pre Brexit and better exchange rate) and that's without claiming back the VAT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by busybeephilip View Post
    Actually, jsut noticed Thorneys have now stopped selling apideas but do the plastic rainbow thing instead for 8.50 Looks like a small version of a picnic ice box (now there's a thought could this below be converted into a ... Nextgen mating hive? ..)

    https://www.physique.co.uk/Hot-Cold-...fe&fo_s=gplauk
    There were people using those rainbow units at Minnowburn and getting mated queens out of them last summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    There were people using those rainbow units at Minnowburn and getting mated queens out of them last summer.
    Jon - As you are well aware I was not at minnowburn last summer, However, there is little difference between rainbows and apideas, rainbows are less likely to be eaten by mice therefore will last longer but would be just as efficient rolewise for queen mating units compared to apideas, same size of frames. Personally I won't be buying anymore commercially made mating nucs - All DIY stuff for me, thats the fun in beekeeping

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