We suggest you get your mouse guards on in the fall just before the temperatures drop too low for the bees to break cluster and protect the hive from mice. (Be sure to clear out the dead bees behind the mouse guard frequently during the winter time.)
We use only clear wood on our hives, meaning no knots are allowed.
Sugar Pine is our value wood option. Beautiful, strong, takes paint or sealant well, and is more stable and lighter than more common ponderosa pine.
Douglas fir is our most popular wood option. The hardest and strongest of our woods, it will withstand sharp hive tools and last for years with a coat of tung oil or paint.
Western Red Cedar is our premium wood option. It is rot resistant, dimensionally stable, insulates well, and doesn't require painting or sealing.
All of our wood is sustainably harvested and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.
Langstroth hives are made to accommodate either 8-frames or 10-frames per box.
We offer our hives with or without frames that include removable, precision-milled foundation-less comb guides so the bees can build their own natural comb. If you want to use foundation, these frames include grooves to accept it.
Wood: Precision moulded, comb-cut shingles, and gabled roof with stainless steel hardware create superior rain runoff and longevity.
Composite Copper: The same roof frame and stainless steel hardware, but CNC cut composite copper material gives your hive a timeless look, and doesn't require any maintenance or painting.
Choose between deep hive boxes with CNC-cut windows on either side, with black walnut closures, or standard solid boxes without windows.
Top bars are Warre's original design, allowing your bees to build off of the precision-milled wedge. Combs will get attached to the sides of the box, so individual comb removal can be more difficult than with frames.
Four-sided frames allow your bees to build entirely within the frame and make comb removal easier. Comb guides in the top and bottom of the frame lead to straighter comb attachment.