Just the basic facts: What does "10 frame" mean? Inside the boxes which make up a hive are combs of wax, on rectangular "frames." The standard size box is 10 frames wide. 8 frame equipment is also avilable. A honey bee colony is generally started in one deep box, and grown to 2 deep boxes in its first year. These are the two brood boxes, where the queen lays eggs. In the second and third years, it is hoped that the colony will create wax comb on all frames in 4 additional medium boxes, which are the honey boxes, or "supers."
This is a basic kit and contains only the essentials to start a hive. Remember, your equipment will last for years if you paint all exterior surfaces with a few coats of exterior grade paint, before installing bees. Expect to add additional equipment as the hive grows during the season. This kit is offered as a cost effective way to start in beekeeping. The assembled kit includes plastic frames. The unassembled kit features wooden frames and waxed plastic foundation.
The Basic Beginner Kit Includes: