The variety of sizes and shapes associated with beekeeping equipment can be confusing to a beginner. Below are some photographs of woodenware that we offer, displayed side-by-side for comparison. Give us a call if you still have questions about what size equipment is right for you – we are always glad to help.
Hives are available in both 8-frame and 10-frame sizes. The only difference is the width of the boxes. Like the name indicates, 8-frame equipment holds eight frames of foundation and 10-frame equipment holds ten. Due to their smaller size, 8-frame hive boxes are lighter in weight than deeps – something to consider if heavy lifting is a challenge.
Hives consist of stacked boxes of differing height. Deep hive boxes are 9 5/8″ and are used to house brood frames. Western (or medium) hive boxes are shorter at 6 5/8″ tall and can be used as either brood boxes or honey supers.
Frames also come in various sizes that correspond to the size of the hive box. Deep frames are 9 1/4″ tall, and western frames are 6 1/4″ tall. When ordering foundation, be sure to purchase deep foundation for deep frames and western foundation for westerns.