Build A Bee Hive Bed

Build A Bee Hive Bed

Just what is a bee bed anyway? And why would anyone want one? Well, a picture is worth a thousands words. But here some of what comes to mind: it’s a great way to get some hive buzz and air for your health. a hide out to escape in to. in the right spot, a private place to sunbath. and a great storage place for […]

Building Beehives for Dummies

Building Beehives for Dummies

Do you like building bee equipment? If so, then “Building Beehives for Dummies“, by Howland Blackiston is a must have book. It’s got: plans materials lists detailed instructions for just about every conceivable piece of bee equipment This book can guide a wood wacker like myself, to safely build functional, durable bee equipment. If you like woodworking and beekeeping this is a great book. -dM

Build a Top Bar Hive

Build a Top Bar Hive

The Idea Top bar hives are the ultimate do-it-yourself hive for a non-commercial beekeeper. They: can be built from almost any local building material require few construction tools or skills can be designed to fit unique beekeeper needs cost almost nothing to build can be easily modified or scrapped Since a top bar hive’s volume and shape are fixed, it’s important that a top bar […]

Honey Strainer

Honey Strainer

A great top bar hive honey strainer. The Idea It’s easy to build a simple strainer that uses gravity to separate honey from beeswax. It consists of: a bucket lid a 5 gallon elastic nylon paint strainer bag a small wood block a bucket with holes drilled in the bottom a bucket with a large hole cut in its middle other buckets to contain and […]

How I Build Top Bar Hives

How I Build Top Bar Hives

Building my top bar hives. The Idea Hive Body My top bar hive bodies are built from 1″ x 6″ x 6′ lumber. These boards are glued together forming the basic building stock. Individual parts are cut out of the building stock. Then they are glued and screwed together. Top Bars They are 1 1/4″ wide. Are 1″ thick. And a 1/8 inch saw kerf […]

New Top Bar Hive Design

New Top Bar Hive Design

My Tanzanian top bar hive is a good hive. It is completely compatible with conventional beekeeping equipment. It can be run in various configurations. And it’s easy to build. It’s a conventional long hive with top bar hive functionality. But it has one major drawback common to all long hives using top hanging frames: Empty space is either below or beyond the frames. If more […]

Multipurpose Top Bar Hive

Multipurpose Top Bar Hive

The Plan Want plans? Download a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: multipurpose top bar hive.skp Before building this hive, be sure to check the length of your Langstroth frames. This hive is designed to work with 19″ long frames. If yours are larger, be sure to modify this design to accommodate them. The Details Criteria Need a taller hive and want to transition […]

Observation Hive

Observation Hive

A functional $10 four frame observation hive. Plans Plans? Want plans? Here’s a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: observation hive.skp This hive is one frame high and four frames wide. It is large enough so that a small colony of bee can sustain itself during the summer. And it is easily transported for demonstrations or maintenance work. Details Observation hives are small hives […]

Oxalic Vaporizer

Oxalic Vaporizer

The Idea Oxalic acid can be sublimated into a beehive as an effective varroa mite treatment using cheap oxalic evaporators built from standard plumbing supplies. The Details Methods Oxalic acid is distributed in a beehive by two methods. One method involves spraying or dribbling an oxalic solution. It has the same drawbacks as using powdered sugar. A second method involves sublimating oxalic acid by heating […]

Combo Long Hive

Combo Long Hive

The Plan Want plans? Here’s a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: combo long hive.skp The Details My combo hive is a cross between a long hive and a standard hive. It has many advantages of both. Two supers, back to back, can set on top of it. This hive: is managed both horizontally and vertically uses deep frames accommodates top bars when used […]

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