We carry 10-frame Langstroth beekeeping equipment. Begin by deciding if you would like to keep your bees in deep or medium boxes. You also have the choice of plastic frames and foundation, wood frames and plastic foundation, or wood frames and beeswax foundation.
Easy to build with a couple cinder blocks, a hive stand raises the hive off of the ground, benefiting both the bees and beekeeper. An elevated hive results in less bending and is easier on your back, plus it keeps the hive safe from water damage.
Think of the bottom board as the floor of your hive. It has an opening that provides an entrance and exit for the bees. Choose between a migratory bottom board and a screened bottom board.
Use between the bottom board and the hive body to give the bees extra space and ventilation.
The hive body typically consists of two deep boxes (a deep is 9 5/8” high). This is the brood chamber or nursery, where the queen lays her eggs and the brood is reared and colony stores the pollen and nectar (pantry). A deep full of bees, brood and honey can weigh up to 80 lbs. Another option is to use three medium boxes as they are lighter to lift.
Frames & Foundation
Frames hold the honeycomb or brood comb within the hive. The frames are paired with plastic wax-coated foundation or beeswax foundation. Wooden frames are “grooved” or wedged”. Grooved frames can only be used with plastic foundation. Wedged frames can be used with plastic or wax foundation. Purchase frames and foundation that correspond to the depth of box you are using.