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Beekeeping Equipment Checklist

Here's a list of equipment you'll need to get started with beekeeping.

By Cherie Langlois

To begin beekeeping with one Langstroth hive, you’ll need the following:

  • A veil, bee suit and gloves: Worn properly, protective clothing helps keep stings to a minimum.

  • Smoker: This implement produces a cool smoke that settles the bees by causing them to gorge on honey.

  • Hive tool: A steel tool used to open the hive, scrape wax/propolis and handle frames.

  • Hive stand: This improves air circulation by elevating the hive.

  • Bottom board: The bottom floor of the hive.

  • Two deep hive bodies: These boxes are used as brood and food chambers by the bees.

  • Ten frames with foundation per hive body: Each frame holds a sheet of beeswax or plastic foundation.

  • Secreting wax from specialized glands, the bees build hexagonal cells onto the frames. Many beekeepers use nine.

  • Shallow honey supers with frames: The bees store surplus honey in these boxes.

  • Queen excluder: A frame and grid that keeps the queen from entering the honey supers to lay eggs (not used by all beekeepers).

  • Outer cover: Protects hive from the elements.

  • Feeder: Provides bees with supplemental feed such as sugar syrup when stores are low.

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For those interested in beekeeping, just type "beekeeping" into google or Bing and you will find links to any and all information, equipment etc., etc., etc. Never expect any one source to provide all the information you need. I have ordered my first hive and various pieces of equipment and plan on at least two hives in spring of 2013.
Roger, Fruitland, ID
Posted: 10/2/2012 10:39:47 PM
Do you have approxiamte startup costs for basic equipment listed?

Frank, Cherry Valley, MA
Posted: 6/10/2012 12:52:28 PM
images would be real nice, I want to start beekeeping and have some boxes from a house i cleaned out i don't know what to do with them or what they are called. but i really want to start keeping bees!
Katherine, East Brady, PA
Posted: 2/26/2011 1:07:11 PM
Thank you, I am new to beekeeping , or will be, I had no idea what all I would need. Thanks very helpful
Genie, Brackettville, TX
Posted: 4/5/2010 9:47:40 AM
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