Wooden Hive Equipment

Lots of Choices !

When it comes to the woodenware there are a multitude of terms and options that can be somewhat bewildering to the beginner. All our wooden ware is made from Eastern White Pine. Here is a quick guide to Betterbee's woodenware line:

Deep Hive Bodies (or Brood Boxes): Traditionally, where the brood is raised. Usually the first two boxes of the hive. They are deeper (taller) than Honey Supers thus the name "Deeps." Note: Using three "Mediums" is a light weight alternative to using two Deep Hive Bodies.

Mediums (or Honey Supers):Traditionally, where honey is stored. Placed on top of the Brood Boxes. When filled with honey, 10 Frame Medium Supers can weigh up to 55 pounds.

Shallows: Can be used to store honey or used when making comb honey. 10 Frame Shallow Supers can weigh up to 40 pounds when filled with honey.

8 Frame or 10 Frame: Woodenware that either fits 8 or 10 frames! 10 Frame is the most common size. 8 Frame woodenware is becoming increasingly popular as it weighs less and is a little easier to handle.

Select or Commercial Grade: This refers to the grade of wood used to make your woodenware. You have a choice of Select (possessing only the occasional small knot) and Commercial (which will possess a greater number of solid knots). If you are painting your woodenware, Commercial grade is the typical choice. If you are varnishing your wood, Select is a great option.

3/4" or 7/8" Wall Thickness: Our 3/4" boxes are the most common sizing and offer a cost savings. The 7/8" boxes offer a heavier wall thickness. 7/8" is the traditional wall thickness that Betterbee has carried for many years. Both sizes fit all our wooden hive components and are compatible with each other.

Assembled or Unassembled: Assembled equipment is a real time saver and is ready to be painted. Unassembled equipment offers a cost savings but nails or hardware for assembly will be needed.

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