Betterbee offers an array of 8 frame wooden bee hive kits and equipment. When full of honey, an 8 frame medium super weighs 45 to 50 pounds — lighter than a 10 frame, which can weigh in at 50 to 55 pounds. Some beekeepers feel that a brood overwinters better in a taller 8 frame bee hive kit than in 10 frame boxes because the cluster can move up through honey stores more readily in a smaller hive.
A Beginner Hive Kit comes with a hive, book, bee smoker, hive tool, and basic protective clothing, like a veil and gloves. An 8 frame essentials kit comes with hive equipment for the brood nest. An 8 frame increase kit contains hive equipment and works well for beekeepers who want to add another hive, but already have basic equipment such as clothing and a bee smoker. Choose an 8 frame supering kit when adding medium honey supers to an essentials kit or an established hive. After a year or two of creating (or “drawing out”) honey comb, a strong hive might need four medium supers going forward.
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