Please note that if our supplier is out of the Metal Queen Excluders we will substitute Plastic Excluders.
No shortcuts! Our assembled 8-frame beehive kit includes everything you need for the first two years of beekeeping and is more comprehensive than beginner kits found elsewhere. This GrowOrganic exclusive was designed by our staff beekeeper.
Why 8-frames and not 10 like commercial bee yards? Once full of comb and honey, a super (the wooden box full of frames) can weigh up to 90 lbs! This is an unmanageable amount of weight for many people. So we’ve designed this hive to hold 8 frames per box which is more manageable for a hobby beekeeper.
We’re proud of the quality of materials used to construct our beehive. With the exception of the cedar hive stand, the hive is constructed from hand selected Ponderosa pine from the Northwest. To prevent warping, each board is moisture metered before it is precision milled. Uniform interlocking joints add strength and holes are pre-drilled before nailing to prevent splitting during assembly. You’ll receive a fully assembled hive and we want you to know we’ve done our best sourcing our materials.
What’s in a frame? A beehive with top bar frames allows you to remove and inspect the comb for brood development, pest monitoring, and honey production. Our frames come pre-assembled with a plasticell foundation coated in beeswax. Bees can more quickly draw their honey comb when given a foundation to work off of and this is most common in commercial apiaries. Given a little extra time, honey bees can draw their own comb within an empty frame.
What’s in the Beehive Kit:
Heavy Galvanized Metal Top This entire cover telescopes over the inner cover and a portion of the top super.
Two 6 5/8” Tall Honey Supers with taper cut handholds made from ponderosa pine. This is where the bees will store their extra honey which may be harvested by the beekeeper. Add the first super after both brood boxes have at least 12 frames full of comb. Add the second super after the first super is half way full of honey.
Sixteen 6 1/4” Top Bar Frames with plasticell foundation (which is easily removable).
Metal Queen Excluder Precisely spaced welded wires and bound metal edges will keep your queen in the brood boxes and prevent her from laying eggs in the honey supers.
Two 9 5/8” Tall Brood Boxes with taper cut handholds made from ponderosa pine. This is where the bees make their home, where the queen lays eggs, and the bees store enough honey and pollen for the hive to survive during winter. The beekeeper should not “harvest” honey from the two brood boxes. Start with one brood box. When 6 frames are full of comb, add the second brood box.
Sixteen 9 1/4” Top Bar Frames with plasticell foundation (which is easily removable).
Solid Bottom Board & wooden entrance reducer made from ponderosa pine. Seal up the bottom of your hive with a bottom board. Use the entrance reducer to keep critters out and to help the guard bees keep other insects out of their hive.
Rustic Cedar Hive Stand Keep your hive dry and off the ground with rot-resistant cedar. Either the solid bottom board (included) or a screened bottom board will fit atop this stand.
Boardman Entrance Feeder When pollen supplies are low, you may need to feed your bees. This feeder makes refilling easy without opening the hive. Simply put a sugar syrup in a standard mason jar (not included), screw on the perforated metal cap (included), and set it in the boardman stand. Fits very snugly at the entrance of the hive.
Enjoy our beekeeping line from Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply.