Choosing the Best Beehive

WHICH HIVE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Answer the questions below to find out!

WHICH HIVE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Answer the questions below to find out!

WHICH HIVE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Answer the questions below to find out!

WHICH HIVE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Answer the questions below to find out!

An illustration of a comb.

ARE YOU ABLE TO LIFT 40 POUNDS OR MORE?

An illustration of a jar of honey.

An average comb in a Top Bar Hive weighs less than ten pounds.

Hive boxes can get heavy depending on
honey production.

An illustration of a comb.

ARE YOU ABLE TO LIFT 40 POUNDS OR MORE?

An illustration of a jar of honey.

An average comb in a Top Bar Hive weighs less than ten pounds.

Hive boxes can get heavy depending on
honey production.

An illustration of Warre hives.

HOW MANY HIVES DO YOU PLAN TO KEEP?

An illustration of Warre hives.
An illustration of Warre hives.

HOW MANY HIVES DO YOU PLAN TO KEEP?

An illustration of Warre hives.
An illustration of a Top Bar Hive window.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU WANT TO SPENT WITH YOUR HIVE(S)?

An illustration of Langstroth hive boxes.

TOP BAR HIVES REQUIRE MORE FREQUENT, BUT SIMPLE CHECKUPS IN SPRING.

ADDING BOXES IS NECESSARY SEVERAL TIMES PER YEAR TO MANAGE YOUR HIVE(S).

An illustration of a Top Bar Hive window.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU WANT TO SPENT WITH YOUR HIVE(S)?

An illustration of Langstroth hive boxes.

TOP BAR HIVES REQUIRE MORE FREQUENT, BUT SIMPLE CHECKUPS IN SPRING.

ADDING BOXES IS NECESSARY SEVERAL TIMES PER YEAR TO MANAGE YOUR HIVE(S).

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DO TEMPERATURES DIP BELOW 32°F FOR MORE THAN 2 WEEKS WHERE YOU LIVE?

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An illustration of a snowflake

DO YOU LIVE IN A COLD CLIMATE?

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By far the most common question we hear is, "Which type of hive should I get?".

This is a complex question that boils down to: what do you want to get out of beekeeping? Is it strictly pollination and support of honeybee populations? A little honey? A lot of honey? We ask our bees what they prefer all the time but they never offer an opinion either way! Bees will be bees, in whatever type of hive you use.

CHOOSING BETWEEN OUR WOOD OPTIONS

Find a wood that's right for you.

CHOOSING BETWEEN OUR WOOD OPTIONS

Find a wood that's right for you.

CHOOSING BETWEEN OUR WOOD OPTIONS

Find a wood that's right for you.

CHOOSING BETWEEN OUR WOOD OPTIONS

Find a wood that's right for you.

HOW LONG DO YOU WANT YOUR BEEHIVE TO LAST?

how much are you willing to spend?

is a natural resistance to rot important?

We only source wood that we're proud to sell.

Our FSC® certified western red cedar is our premium wood option. It provides great insulation, is naturally rot resistant and long-lasting, is sustainably forested and is beautiful, especially when it's coated with tung oil. Our FSC certified® douglas fir is a great option for a durable material. It is harder than both western red cedar and sugar pine, and weighs a bit more than both. It is tightly knotted and closely grained, providing excellent durability. Sugar pine is lighter than other pine and a very stable, making it a fantastic material for beehives. Like our western red cedar, our sugar pine is FSC certified®, meaning it came from a forest strictly managed to prevent illegal logging, promote growth, and preserve and support surrounding communities. It provides great insulation for bees, but it's a little heavier than WRC and won't last quite as long. Our wood options offer a promise of sustainability and quality.