The beehive box is the most important part of the beehive. The Langstroth Hive, the Top Bar Hive, and the Warre Hives all have components called a beehive box. It is the part of the hive that contains the frames for brood and comb (if using Langstroth or Warre hives), or bars (if using a Top Bar hive).
If a beekeeper is looking for beehive boxes for sale, they are typically looking for extra boxes for their Langstroth or Warre hives. Both of these types of hives are customizable in that you are able to add more beehive boxes to them in order to accommodate a larger colony. In the Langstroth hive extra beehive boxes are added to the top of the hive, while they are added to the bottom in the Warre hive.
In a Langstroth hive, the box is usually 19 ⅞ inches long, 16 ¼ inches wide, and 9 ⅝ inches in height. If you are building your own bee box it is important to follow the measurements exactly, as they take into account optimal bee space. Bee Space is the ideal space (⅜ inch) needed for bees to pass freely around the hive. If your hive contains more than ⅜ inch bee space, the bees will create sticky propolis and extra comb. This will make the hive difficult to inspect.
Box measurements for a Warre Hive are smaller than that of a Langstroth, but the bee space theory still applies. And even though the Top Bar hive does not use frames like the Langstroth and Warre, it still uses bee space for it’s bars to ensure that the bees do not create comb glued to the inside of the box.
Beehive Boxes for Sale
While some beekeepers enjoy building beehive boxes, many lack the carpentry skills to build their own. In that case, you can find beehive boxes for sale. If you are lucky enough to have a beehive supply store in your area that would be a great place to start, but most people buy beehive boxes online. Websites like Amazon sell boxes both assembled and unassembled. While an unassembled box will take some carpentry know how to get together, it comes already measured and cut, so the hardest part is done for you.
Mann Lake sells a very popular complete hive body kit on Amazon. This beehive box for sale is made of pine in the USA. It comes fully assembled and painted as well. This particular hive body kit also comes with 10 wood assembled frames. The frames also contain waxed yellow Rite-Cell foundation. This a great hive box to buy because it requires absolutely no set up. It is ready to use as soon as you receive it.
Mann Lake’s beehive box is fully compatible as an add on to most Langstroth hives. The measurements are as follwed: 19-7/8-inch length by 16-1/4-inch width by 9-5/8-inch height. Be aware that this beehive box for sale does not come with an inner cover, telescoping outer cover, or base. This box is made specifically to add on to your existing Langstroth hive. If you are in need of a complete beehive, should purchase the Mann Lakes Complete Hive Kit here: Complete Hive Kit
Honey Super Kit
A honey super is a box used to collect honey. Like in a regular hive box, the super also contains 8 – 10 frames. Basically, bees need a certain amount of wax and honey for their colony to survive winter. Luckily for us, extra honey will be stored in the super, for the beekeeper to extract and keep.
The width and depth of the super is the same as standard Langstroth hive boxes. The difference is the height. While supers come in 3 sizes (small, medium,and deep), the most common size is medium. The frames of a deep super tend to be quite heavy for the average beekeeper to lift, and small supers do not yield much honey. You can expect a medium honey super to weigh about 50 pounds, so much more manageable than a deep honey super, which would weigh 70 pounds. Multiple supers can be placed on a beehive. Most beekeepers like using 2-3 supers on a hive.
Mann Lake makes a good quality honey super kit. Like their hive body kit, it is made of quality pine in the USA. It comes fully assembled and painted. The measurements of this honey super kit are 19-7/8-inch length by 16-1/4-inch width by 6-5/8-inch height. As you can see, there is a 3 inch height difference between Mann Lake’s hive box and honey super. It also contains 10 wooden frames with foundation. Beekeepers who have purchased this super have reported it being high quality and well made.
Honey Keeper also makes a popular 10 Frame Honey Super Kit. It is important to note that this super does not come assembled, so be prepared to spend some time putting it together. It also comes with 10 deep frames with foundation, which also require assembly. Honey Keeper’s super kit measurements are 16 1/4″ width by 19 7/8″ length and 9 1/2″ tall. It is a deep super – about 3 inches taller than Man Lake’s super. You can expect putting this honey super kit together to be a 3 hour project, so plan accordingly.
If you are looking for beehive boxes for sale you have several options. First, you must determine what type of beehive box you need. Do you need a box for your brood? Or do you need a super for honey? Then, you must choose what size beehive box to get. Lastly, you must decided if you prefer an assembled or unassembled beehive box. Be sure to choose a beehive box for sale according to your own skillset. The good thing about Langstroth (and even Warre) hives is that they are customizable when it comes to beehive boxes, so you can experiment with size and configuration to find what works best for you.