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    Never Paint a Hive Again – The Benefits of Wax Dipped Beehives

    In Australia and New Zealand, beekeepers have been using a special technique for preserving their hives.  It is eco-friendly, chemical free, and they say that their hives can last as long as 30 years before retreatment is necessary.  What is this technique?  It is called wax dipping.  This method involved dipping their beehives in molten hot wax to preserve the wood.  This results in wood that is durable and water resistant. This article will go over the benefits of wax dipped beehives, how they are made, and where you can find the best wax dipped beehives for sale.  What Are Waxed Dipped Beehives? Waxed dipped beehives are hives that have…

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    How Much Do Beehives Cost?

    Beekeeping, like any other hobby does require some start up costs.  It is good to have an idea of how much it costs to be a beekeeper before diving into it.  One of the most common questions is how much do beehives cost? It is difficult to give one straight answer to that because there are so many different types of beehives with vastly different price points.  But that also means that you will likely be able to find a beehive that fits your budget.   Inexpensive Beehives There are several inexpensive Langstroth beehives that are great for beginner beekeepers.  To save on costs, choose a hive that is unassembled and…

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    5 Impressive Backyard Beehive Setups

    Backyard beekeeping has been on the rise in recent years. In the past, most people believed that in order to be a beekeeper, you need to live out in the country side, or on a farm. But nowadays, even people in urban areas have been known to raise bees right in their backyard or rooftop. Not only is backyard beekeeping a fun and interesting hobby, it is beneficial to bees and the ecosystem. The bees get a safe place to live, while the beekeeper enjoys the bees’ pollination in their garden, and of course, honey. If you have been considering starting a backyard beehive, take a look at these gorgeous…

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    Beekeeping With Horizontal Hives

    While not as common in the US, Horizontal hives are used a lot in Europe. Lately, this type of beehive has been gaining interest, as it is a simple hive that work with natural beekeeping methods. Horizontal hives also work great for backyard and urban beekeepers. There are 3 different types of horizontal hives.  The top bar, horizontal or long langstroth hive, and the Layens hive.  This article will talk about the different horizontal hives, compare them to the langstroth, and list some horizontal hives for sale.   What is a Horizontal Hive? While Langstroth hives are vertically stacked boxes, horizontal hives are single story hives that expand the width of…

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    The Best Wood Preservative for Beehives

    Getting started in beekeeping can be a bit of an investment with all of the supplies you need to buy.  The cost of beehives, bee suits, and tools can all add up.  However, if you take care of your equipment, it can last you for several years.  That’s why it’s important to use a good wood preservative for beehives to expand the longevity of your hives.  A well preserved beehive can last for many years, especially if it is kept on a hive stand.  There are a few different things used to protect wood, so what is the best wood preservative for beehives? Why Preserve Your Beehives? Because beehives are…

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    Parts of a Beehive and Langstroth Beehive Measurements

    When you see a beehive in books or on tv, most likely it is a Langstroth hive. This type of beehive has been used since it’s invention in 1851. The first movable frame beehive revolutionized beekeeping by incorporating “bee space” into a top opening hive with frames that can easily be removed. It is such a practical and innovative design, that today we use the same measurements in modern beekeeping. What is a Langstroth Beehive? The Langstroth beehive is the most commonly used beehive today.  Appearance wise, Langstroth hives look like tall, wooden drawers. That’s because this hive consists of stackable wooden boxes containing frames for the bees to build…

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    How Does a Flow Hive© Work?

    Beekeeping has been the same for very many years.  That is, until the Flow Hive entered the market.  The Flow Hive is best known for being able to drain honey from a tap straight from the hive. Since then, there have been a lot of questions about the Flow Hive.  Common questions are How does a Flow Hive work?  Is the Flow Hive good for bees?  How much does a Flow Hive cost?  This article will answer a few of the basic questions about the Flow Hive.   Images remain the copyright property of Flow® and are reproduced here with their permission. What is a Flow Hive©? Created in Australia by…

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    8 Frame Langstroth Hive Dimensions

    While 10 frame Langstroth hives are seen as more “standard”, I noticed that many beekeepers are opting for 8 frame hives lately. And that’s no surprise. There are many benefits to 8 frame Langstroth hives. Benefits of 8 Frame Langstroth Hives Weight By far, the biggest benefit of using an 8 frame Langstroth hive is the weight. A super full of honey is quite heavy, and don’t forget that you’ll be lifting the super from the top of other boxes.  Using an 8 frame hive instead of a 10 frame significantly reduces the weight of the box, making honey harvesting much more manageable.   For example, an 8 frame shallow super…

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    How Do Beehives Work?

    Most people know that beehives are where honey bees live and make honey.  But have you ever thought, how do beehives work?  A beehive is a simple, yet innovative structure that has been around for thousands of years. While beekeeping began using pottery vessels 9,000 years ago, modern beehives were created in the 1850’s.  Since then, the basic design of a beehive has remained mostly the same.  Disclosure: As an affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What is a Beehive? The word beehive is sometimes confused with the term bee nest.  While similar, the two are…

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    All You Need to Know About Langstroth Bee Hives for Sale

    If you have ever imagined a bee hive or seen one on TV, in an advert or on the side of the road as you drove through the country, you saw a Langstroth bee hive. For over 150 years, Langstroth bee hives for sale have dominated the industry despite the many different, newer, and more advanced options available. The simple truth when it comes to the popularity of the Langstroth bee hive brand is that – it works! We are going to take a closer look at Langstroth bee hives, what they are made of, why they are so popular and why you should consider using them on your next…