All our Polystyrene bee hives and hive parts are made here in the UK and are of 100g/litre and are up to 3 times stronger than polystyrene used in packaging. When painted with smooth masonry paint these polystyrene hives will last for 30 + years.
Now in our 3rd generation of commercial bee farming and bee hive manufacturing Maisemore Apiaries have designed our own Polystyrene hive and hive parts made from a high density material which has good strength up to three times stronger than used for packaging. They are lightweight, cheaper and durable and has excellent insulation properties to help keep the bees warm through winter. Our polystyrene Brood Chambers and Supers have dovetail joints for easy assembling and do not require runners as they are built into the mould. They come supplied flat packed with screws for assembling or ready assembled and if you want to glue them we recommend Copydex. They come shrink wrapped and can be bought individually or as a complete hive. They are compatible with all our wooden National hive parts, frames & accessories but you cannot use a wooden roof with the polystyrene. The insides of the National Poly and National Wooden hives are exactly the same size but the external dimensions of the poly hive is 500mm square and the wooden hive is 460mm square making a difference of 40mm so really would recommend to keep all Poly together and all Wood together! They can be painted (outside only) with a masonry paint or just left as they are and we also recommend to paint the inside of the feeder with the same paint because sometimes polystyrene can be porous. They can be painted (outside only) with a masonry paint or just left as they are.