BeeMax® Essentials Kit
The BeeMax® Essentials Kit includes all the hive components to house a started colony of bees. If you are catching swarms or making splits, this is a perfect way to start them off. Later, you can either reunite colonies or top off with additional supers. Comes with all the components needed to start a colony. Available in 10 Frame only.
This BeeMax® Essentials Kit is sold with unassembled Deep Hive Bodies. However, the beauty of our BeeMax® products is just how easy they are to put together. Each Hive Body and Super takes less than a minute to assemble (far less time than their wooden equivalents).
Please check the document here
to learn more about your options when purchasing this kit.
When chosing plastic frames or plastic foundation, we highly recommend that you apply extra beeswax to the frames to increase the acceptance by the bees and to entice them to draw it out faster. You can buy assembled frames with the extra wax already painted on, or you can buy beeswax and paint it on yourself (melt it in a double boiler and use a foam paintbrush), or melt down the beeswax cappings and scrapings you saved from last year and paint it on using a foam paintbrush.
Essentials Kit Includes:
• Beemax® Telescoping Outer Cover
• Wooden Inner Cover for Beemax® Hives
• 2 BeeMax® Hive Bodies
• 20 Deep Frames*
• Beemax® Bottom Board with Built-in Varroa Screen
• Varroa Monitoring Equipment (Optional)*
* Denotes a kit component with options.
Our Beemax assembly instructions can be found here
Introduced in 2000, Betterbee® started this line of ultra-insulating polystyrene hive equipment to give honeybee colonies a better chance at overwintering in extreme Northern temperatures, while also helping to keep your colony cool in the hot summer months. A long-time manufacturer of wooden beehives said, "BeeMax® offers a better hive for wintering bees. This, and more mite resistant bees, may be the salvation of American beekeeping."