Betterbee carries a vast array of 10 frame wooden hive components. Ten frame equipment has been the industry standard for over 100 years and are the most commonly used sized hives in the US. Shop this section to find the equipment needed for 10 frame wood hives.
As you scroll through the items below, here’s some terminology defined:
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: 10 and 8 frame hive boxes can come 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.