Slatted racks are an ultra-handy tool many beekeepers swear by. These racks provide air space below the brood chamber and the added space allows the colony to stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer. It also provides congregation space which can reduce swarming, and allow the queen to lay eggs lower in the hive, maximizing space and efficiency.
* BuzzBox users, to avoid attaching BuzzBox to your boxes directly, simply place it in a slatted rack and attach with zip ties -- no drilling required. The slatted racks have been notched to allow the BuzzBox solar power cable to easily reach the exterior of the hive. Voilà!
Frame: Douglas Fir Slats: Western Red Cedar and Sugar Pine
Dimensions: Warre: 13½" x 13½" x 2¼" Langstroth 8 Frame: 19⅞" x 14" x 2¼" Langstroth 10 Frame: 19⅞" x 16" x 2¼"
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.