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    Different Types of Beehives – With Pictures

    When you decide to get into beekeeping, you need to choose which type of beehive you are going to use. Each type of beehive has its own pros and cons that you should look into.  For example, some hives require heavy lifting, while others yield less honey.   This article will go over 4 different types of beehives with pictures included.   Langstroth Hive The Langstroth hive is the type of beehive that I write about most on this website.  That’s because it’s the most commonly used beehive, and also the one that I am most familiar with.    The Langstroth hive is named after it’s creator, L.L. Langstroth, who created the hive…

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    10 Frame Langstroth Hive Dimensions

    Beehive manufacturers generally use the same measurements when making hive bodies. There may be slight differences, but not very much. That means that you can usually use different brands of beehives together.  The tables below include a measurement for the interior length and width because the exterior measurements can sometimes vary depending on the material used.  10 Frame Langstroth Hive Dimensions Type Depth Interior Length Interior Width Exterior Length Exterior Width 10 Frame Deep body 9 5⁄8 inches (240 mm) 18 3⁄8 inches (470 mm) 14 3⁄4 inches (370 mm) 19 ⅞ inches(504 mm) 16 inches(406 mm) 10 Frame Medium body/super 6 5⁄8 inches (170 mm) 18 3⁄8 inches (470…

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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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    Hoover Hives Review – Should You Get a Wax Coated Beehive?

    Since I’ve started my website I’ve had a chance to learn about a lot of different beehives. One that has stood out as a favorite among beekeepers is the Langstroth hive made by Hoover Hives.   I’ve been wanting to write a Hoover Hives review for a long time because of their wax coated wood.  I wrote an article about safe paint for beehives and learned about how damaging paint can be, for bees and for us.  That led me to discover the many benefits of wax coated beehives.   This Hoover Hives review will include an indepth look at the features of Hoover Hives, as well as the pros and cons. …

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    How to Choose the Best Type of Beehive

    Beekeeping has been around for thousands of years. In fact, there have been drawings of people collecting honey from bees 10,000 years ago. Back then, they would have to find the beehives, and would then keep the precious honey in pots. Pots of honey were even found in the tomb of King Tut!   Today, modern beekeeping is done using man made beehives and honey can easily be harvested without destroying the entire colony.  If you are new to beekeeping the first thing you may ask yourself is, what is the best type of beehive? This article will go over the 3 most popular types of beehives used today.   Langstroth Hive…

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    How to Build a Langstroth Bee Box

    Bees are a very unique insect species. Between the way their family is set up, and how particular they are on the structural aspects of their home, you won’t find any other insect or animal in the world that is as precise as bees as far as their lifestyle goes. They’re special in their own way. How to Build a Langstroth Bee Box When you start to build the bee box, take your time. Don’t rush things because you’re excited to begin beekeeping; this will only reduce the quality of the bee box, and the bees may not take to it well. You need to have patience, careful planning, and…