5-Minute Beehive Stand Using Cinder Blocks & Posts

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I are still New-BEES!  Our apiary started out with two established single-deep beehives back in May of last year.  That first beehive stand was built using repurposed 2″x6″ boards that were 6-ft long from raised beds that we tore out.  We added a deep to each hive last year & saw those bees safely through the winter.  This spring we split them into four hives.  Now we needed another hive stand so we built another like the first from purchased 2″x6″ boards.  Then we caught not one, not two, but FOUR bee swarms this spring!  (I KNOW, how exciting!!)  But these swarms are being caught & brought to our fledgling apiary faster than we can build stands.  RancherMan decided to change direction.  He wanted to build the next stands using concrete cinder blocks and 4″x4″ 5-ft long wood posts.

Beehive Stands Put Together In 5 Minutes? YES! We're Using Concrete Cinder Blocks & 4x4 Posts. Come See How Easy It Is! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Really, it couldn’t have been easier.  He needed two cinder blocks laid longways & stacked on top of each other for each corner of the stand.  So for each 5-ft long beehive stand he’ll need two 5-ft long 4″x4″ wooden posts and 8 cinder blocks that measure 8″x8″x16″.  We built two 5-ft long hive stands with just the material pictured below!

Beehive Stands Put Together In 5 Minutes? YES! We're Using Concrete Cinder Blocks & 4x4 Posts. Come See How Easy It Is! #TaylorMadeHomestead

After the concrete blocks were in place he slid the 4×4 poles through the holes in the cinder blocks.  BOOM!  Table for 25,000, no waiting! 

Beehive Stands Put Together In 5 Minutes? YES! We're Using Concrete Cinder Blocks & 4x4 Posts. Come See How Easy It Is! #TaylorMadeHomestead

He could probably fit three hives on each stand, but he wants to limit it to only two hives per stand.  He finds it’s easier to work around them when the hives are not too close together.  In the picture shown in the first paragraph his hive stand is holding a regular single-deep hive and a nuc box with a recent swarm capture.  When we move this swarm from the nuc box to a deep box hive, the spacing will be about right for his comfort.

These stands are just a touch shorter than the other hive stands he built.  But he found that he actually prefers them a little shorter.  Although he’s a handsome 6′-4″ tall RancherMan, when the hives get two deeps and a honey super (or two) stacked, that’s about shoulder high for him.  This slightly shorter stand actually makes it easier for him to lift those heavy top boxes off when he’s inspecting or when we (gulp) harvest the honey!  In the picture below you can see the slight difference in height between our concrete block hive stands and the ones we built initially.

Beehive Stands Put Together In 5 Minutes? YES! We're Using Concrete Cinder Blocks & 4x4 Posts. Come See How Easy It Is! #TaylorMadeHomestead

He loves that he can put these stands together in 5 minutes or less.  Apparently this year with so many swarms available, time is of the essence!  We already have one hive stand filled & another built and standing ready.

Let’s learn from each other – what do you use for hive stands?

~TMH~

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6 thoughts on “5-Minute Beehive Stand Using Cinder Blocks & Posts

  1. Mrs Shoes

    It just goes to show that we get better & better with practice & experience – whatever the task.

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  2. Ruth

    Hi Tammy. We just use cinder blocks -two for each hive. Each hive sits with the side edges of the bottom board on the blocks. We leave a six or eight inch space between the blocks which allows for air circulation through the bottom. Height is definitely a consideration as we are both only 5’6″ 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’ve seen that done too Ruth and it’s entirely possible we could move that way also in the future. I love the simplicity of it. Our beekeeper’s association once told us back when we first started learning that beekeeper’s procedures are as diverse as the numbers of bees in their hives! Each beekeeper will set up & work their hives in a way that works best for them, while their neighboring beekeeper might do things slightly different. I’ve found that statement to be so true! And I love how beekeepers are always so willing to help each other, offering advice and tips about the way they work their own hives that works out well for them. We’ve learned so much, with much still to learn. But our fellow beekeepers all keep us under their wing, offering help whenever we need it! <3 ~TMH~

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      1. Ruth

        We are convinced that beekeeping is part science, part art and lots of luck and yes each beekeeper needs to decided what works best for them. I post occasionally on my blog about beekeeping you can check it out if you want.

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  3. ColleenB.

    ‘The Taylor Made Bee Farm’. What a great and cheap solution your man came up with. Cinder blocks; another great idea on list of ‘many uses.’ I enjoy seeing your bee hives from this distance………… :} Boy, did I ever get sunburned yesterday working on my shed and Exhausted. Got the walls up and only 1 sheets of siding up so far. Tammy; and you as well RancherMan; have an enjoyable weekend. Happy Bee Hive hunting.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Our little hive city grew well this spring Colleen, and we’re eagerly anticipating our first honey harvest in about 3-4 weeks. I. Can’t. Wait! ~TMH~

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