8 Frame Wooden Hive Kits

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.

For beginners, Betterbee recommends our Preferred Beginner Kit. This bee hive kit comes assembled or unassembled. Just choose your glove and jacket size and you're ready to go!

Learn more about the options for 8 frame wooden bee hive kits on every item page. Click on the "more info" button for expanded information. Learn more about each hive kit.

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