8 Frame Wooden Hive Kits

8 frame wooden bee hive equipment is lighter than 10 frame equipment by approximately 20 percent. When full of honey, a full 8 frame medium super will weigh 40 to 48 pounds while a full 10 frame medium will weigh 50 to 60 pounds. Some feel that overwintering is better in taller 8 frame bee hives than 10 frame boxes because the cluster can move up more readily through honey stores in smaller 8 frame hives.

A Beginner kit is a hive plus a book, smoker, hive tool and some basic protective clothing, like a veil and gloves. Essentials kits have hive equipment for the brood nest. An Increase kit is hive equipment. It is what you may want if you have a hive, clothing and a smoker and want to add other hives. Supering kits are to add honey supers to an Essentials kit or an established hive. It's possible after a year or two of having honey comb created (or 'drawn out') that a strong hive will need 4 supers from then on.

Are you wondering, "What does Betterbee recommend for beginners?" If so, check out the Preferred Beginner Kit, either assembled or unassembled. Just choose your glove and jacket size and off you go!

You can also learn more about the options for 8 frame hive kits on the item page. Each option has a "more info" button to learn more about that option. Alternatively, to learn more about each kit and its options, click here.

*Substitutions for components of kits are welcome! Choose your items and give us a call if you don't see what you'd like online.

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