Are you interested in beekeeping? Who wouldn’t be? Beekeeping is fun, educational, and it is beneficial to our ecosystem. To be a successful beekeeper there are a few things you must have. The most important thing is the bee hive. This article will discuss and compare the top complete bee hives for sale, so you can choose the best one for you.
What To Look For in a Complete Bee Hive
Type of Beehive
The first thing you need to consider when choosing a complete bee hive for sale is the type of hive. The 3 main types of bee hives are the Langstroth Hive, the Top Bar Hive, and the Warre Hive. Most beekeepers use the Langstroth Hive, so this article will focus on that. However, if you are interested in other types of bee hives, you can read more about them here.
Next, you should decide if you would like to use 8 or 10 frames. Frames are important because they give the bees a place to build comb. Complete bee hives will come with frames, and many frames will also include foundation.
While 10 frames will yield more honey and brood, they can also be quite heavy. Some beekeepers find 8 frames to be more manageable. For more information about bee hive frames, see here
When looking for a complete bee hive for sale you must also consider assembly. Some complete bee hives come fully assembled and ready to go, out of the box. While others arrive in pieces that you must put together.
If you don’t have the proper tools, or would just rather not spend time on assembly, choose a fully assembled hive, like the Mann Lake Basic Beekeeping Starter Kit. That particular kit even comes with most of the beekeeping supplies you will need. Getting an assembled bee hive ensures that you will be able to begin beekeeping as soon as possible.
However, if you have some carpentry skills and would enjoy putting a bee hive together, many complete bee hives arrive unassembled. Choose a hive made of quality wood, such as fir, pine, or cedar. It is helpful if the hive pieces come with pre cut dovetail or finger joints, a simple set up, and easy to read instructions.
Best Complete Bee Hives For Sale
|Honey Keeper 20 Frame Complete Box Kit||-Includes 10 deep and 10 medium frames|
-Solid bottom board, entrance reducer, inner cover, and queen excluder
-Complete kit that is easy to assemble with pre cut finger joints
|Mann Lake Basic Beekeeping Starter Kit||-Made in the USA|
-Frames contain yellow waxed RiteCell foundation
|Hoover Hives Complete Langstroth Bee Hive||-Includes 3 boxes|
-Wood coated with beeswax
|Busy Bee's -n- More Complete 8 Frame Langstroth Bee Hive||-8 frame beehive|
-Includes 3 boxes
|VIVO Complete Beekeeping 20 Frame Beehive Box Kit||-2 hive boxes|
-10 medium frames and 10 deep frames
-Made of untreated pine wood
|Happybuy Langstroth Bee Hive 4 Layer Langstroth Box 20 Frame Beehive||-Made of pine wood|
-Includes 20 deep and 20 medium frames
-Telescoping roof top built with a galvanized metal cap
|BuildaBeehive Bee Hive - Honeymaker Deluxe Add-on Starter Kit||-Easy to lift hives|
-Includes 2 10 frame wooden bee boxes
|Official Flow Hive Classic||-easily extract honey without harming bees|
-patented flow hive technology
-made in the USA and Australia with high quality BPA free and BPS free food grade plastic and premium red cedar
|BestEquip 2 Layer Langstroth Bee Hive||-Made of pine wood|
-Frames not included
|BestEquip Auto Flow Bee Hive||-Auto flow honey extraction|
-Made of pine
-Uses food-grade, BPA-free plastic
Complete Bee Hives For Sale
- Includes 10 deep and 10 medium frames
- Solid bottom board, entrance reducer, inner cover, and queen excluder
- Complete kit that is easy to assemble with pre cut finger joints
The Honey Keeper Beehive consists of 2 boxes and 20 frames (10 deep and 10 medium). Made of premium fir wood, this beehive contains easy to assemble pieces with pre cut finger joints and heavy duty nails. Dimensions of this hive are 23 inches in length by 18-1/4-inches in width by 19-3/4 inches in height.
The metal telescoping roof is preassembled, as well as the solid bottom board, entrance reducer, inner cover, and queen excluder. It is a sturdy, simple hive that goes together relatively easy. It is recommended that you use wood glue (not included) as well as the nails to put the hive together.
- Made in the USA
- Completely assembled
- Frames contain yellow waxed RiteCell foundation
The Mann Lake Complete Bee Hive Kit is top rated because it comes fully assembled and painted. Having those 2 things done for you is a huge time saver. This kit includes one box and 10 assembled wood frames with yellow waxed RiteCell foundation. Measurements for this hive are 22-inch length by 18-1/2-inch width by 13-1/7-inch height.
This complete bee hive kit is made in the USA and also comes with a solid painted bottom board, an unpainted entrance reducer, and a painted telescoping cover with inner cover. This is an excellent beehive for beginners. The construction is solid, and the wood is high quality. As your colony grows it is easy to add more boxes to the top.
- Includes 3 boxes
- 30 frames
- Kit includes top cover, inner cover, queen excluder, entrance reducer, and solid bottom board.
- Wood coated with beeswax
Hoover Hives Complete Langstroth Bee Hive comes unassembled and contains 3 boxes – 2 deep brood boxes and 1 medium super. Each box contains 10 frames and foundation, so 30 total. Other parts included with this beehive kit are a top cover, inner cover, queen excluder, entrance reducer, and solid bottom board. Basically everything you need to get started.
An interesting thing about this hive is that the wood is coated with beeswax to protect it from the elements. That means that no toxic paint is needed, and assembly is quicker, since you don’t have to wait for paint to dry and off-gas. Some beekeepers like to paint their hives though, so be aware that because paint will not stick to waxed wood, this hive is not meant to be painted.
To learn more about Hoover Hives and for a coupon code, see my review here.
- 8 frame beehive
- Includes 3 boxes
- 24 frames
This complete bee hive, from Busy Bee’s n More is made to hold 8 frames. It includes 3 boxes, 24 frames, and foundation. Dimensions of this beehive are 29-5/8″ Tall and 13-1/2″ Wide and 20″ Deep.
Other things included with this hive are a telescoping cover, 1 screen bottom board, an entrance reducer, and 1 inner cover. A detailed instruction guide and pre cut finger joints make assembly easy. It is recommended to use wood glue and a rubber hammer to assist and putting this hive together.
- 2 hive boxes
- 10 medium frames and 10 deep frames
- Made of untreated pine wood
This is a complete Langstroth box kit, including 10 medium frames and 10 deep frames. Each frame also includes hexagonal surface foundation sheets. The 2 hive boxes are made of quality untreated pine wood. Since the wood is untreated, it is recommended that you stain or paint this hive for added protection.
Other items you will receive with this complete beehive kit are a telescopic roof covered in protective sheet metal and a queen excluder. While this beehive kit is not assembled, it does come with all necessary hardware for construction and a detailed step-by-step manual.
- Made of pine wood
- Includes 20 deep and 20 medium frames
- Telescoping roof top built with a galvanized metal cap
This complete bee hive kit comes with 4 boxes and 40 frames. The boxes are made of pine and comes with 20 deep and 20 medium frames. The frames each have plastic textured cell foundation. Additionally, the hive contains a metal telescoping outer cover, as well as an inner cover.
The Happybuy Langstroth bee hive kit is made out of 100% natural pine wood. It is unassembled and does not come with nails, so be sure to have some nails, a rubber mallet, and wood glue on hand before starting this project.
Some people have also found that their hive did not come with assembly instructions. The solution for this is they watched you tube videos showing bee hive assembly. Owners of this bee hive have reported that it takes 3 – 4 hours to put it together. Because of this, I would say it is not the best beehive starter kit for people inexperienced with carpentry.
- Easy to lift hives
- Includes 2 10 frame wooden bee boxes
This is a great complete bee hive for those that want to skip assembly and painting. The BuildaBeehive kit comes with 4 fully assembled and painted boxes. Each box measures 6-5/8″ deep. Other parts included are an inner cover w/telescoping cover, and entrance reducer, and pine bottom board. BuildaBeehive is so confident in the quality of their beehives that they even offer a money back guarantee.
- Easily extract honey without harming bees
- Patented flow hive technology
- Made in the USA and Australia with high quality BPA free and BPS free food grade plastic and premium red cedar
The Flow Hive Classic 6 Frame Bee Hive is truly beautiful complete bee hive. While it may look intimidating, it is suitable for both beginners and experienced beekeepers. The Flow hive is made from sustainably sourced red cedar and comes with a brood box, 8 frames, a queen excluder, 6 Flow frames, tubes and a key. This hive does require assembly.
The Flow hive is different than other hives in that you are able to enjoy fresh honey on tap with a simple turn of a key. With this hive you’ll have no need for a honey extractor. The Flow hive was designed specifically to help beekeepers extract honey without harming bees and to reduce the chance of getting stung.
Flow Hives are made in the USA and Australia with high quality BPA free and BPS free food grade plastic. The wood used in the Flow hive is premium Western Red Cedar. This bee hive also has a super flow integrated pest management screened bottom board, observation windows, and a sturdy gabled roof.
- Made of pine wood
- Frames not included
This bee hive includes 2 Langstroth boxes and no frames. This would be a good purchase for someone who already has frames to use, or someone who would like to build their own frames. Measurements of this hive are 20″x 16″ x 24.5″.
Other than the 2 boxes, the BestEquip Langstroth bee hive comes with a pre-assembled telescoping roof, entrance reducer, and bottom board. The boxes are made of 100% pine wood.
- Auto flow honey extraction
- Made of pine
- Uses food-grade, BPA-free plastic
Also from BestEquip, this bee hive features an auto flow method of extracting honey. Similar the the Flow Hive, this bee hive has special frames that allow for honey to be extracted straight from the bee hive. It also has a observation window, which allows you to check on your frames without disrupting the bees.
Measurements of this hive are 20x16x10inch. The weight is 26.5 lbs. The bee hive is made out of high quality pine wood and food-grade, BPA-free plastic. The kit comes unassembled, but includes easy to read instructions.
Customers have reported that they Honey Keeper Beehive is well worth the money. The hive is unassembled, and it takes approximately 1 – 2 hours to put together. The wood pieces have dovetails cut into them, so expect a tight fit, and have a rubber mallet ready. Many customers have also decided to use screws instead of the provided nails for this project.
A con of this complete bee hive is that it is made in China, therefore, the quality can sometimes be inconsistent. Some customers have reported receiving wood pieces with knots or joints that are not completely cut out.
Overall, most reviewers say this hive is good quality, solid construction, and a good choice for beginner beekeepers.
Like most Mann Lake products, this beehive also has excellent reviews. Made in the USA, Mann lake is known for quality apiculture supplies, and this compete beehive is no exception. One of the things customers like best about this hive is that it is well put together and already painted.
Several customers call this hive a great buy and say it is the fastest and easiest way to get started in beekeeping. Sturdy construction, quality frames, and reasonable price are all reasons customers say they would recommend this complete beehive.
The VIVO beehive also has many favorable reviews. Customer reviews say that this beehive is both attractive and well made. The hive is not assembled and it is recommended that you use wood glue when putting it together. Most reveiws say that all pre-cut pieces fit well together.
On average, it takes about 2 hours to put this hive together. Please note that the wood in this hive is untreated. If you do not paint, stain, or seal the wood it will not last long outdoors.
When deciding on a complete bee hive for sale, consider the following:
- Type – Langstroth, Top Bar, or Warre Hive
- Frames – 8 or 10 frames
- Assembly – Assembled or Unassembled
Beginners would find an assembled Langstroth hive the easiest and fastest way to get started in beekeeping.