Equipment

Sam Comfort Again

Sam Comfort Again

A neat video of Sam Comfort speaking at West Palm. I first met Sam over a decade ago in Boynton Beach. Over lunch, we talked top bar hives and natural beekeeping. He was raising queens near Port St. Lucie. And contemplating a different kind of […]

Top Bar Hive Design

Top Bar Hive Design

Interested in designing a top bar hive from scratch? My Build a Top Bar Hive page describes the process. Mogans Jensen has illustrated and detailed the process in Beekeeping with Apis cerana indica, an 80 page book. It’s for a different bee than our Apis […]

Build A Bee Hive Bed

Build A Bee Hive Bed

Just what is a bee bed? And why would anyone want one? Well, a picture is worth a thousands words. But here some of what comes to mind: it’s a great way to get some hive buzz and air for your health. a hide out […]

Horizontal Hives Revisited

Horizontal Hives Revisited

Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast – Episode 36 – Horizontal Hives with Dr. Leo Sharashkin discusses horizontal hives, beeyard resilience, and sustainability. The Hives Leo Sharshkin’s horizontal hive observations are similar to my own. I’ve run a few horizontal Combo Long Hives,  in Wyoming’s northern, high altitude, […]

Modified European Long Hive

Modified European Long Hive

My long hives are minimal and simple. But that’s not the only way to make them. They can be beautiful, even complex. And yet, still functional. Check out this modern adaption of a traditional European long hive. It’s standard Langstroth deep frame based. And has […]

Reclaim Plastic Queen Cups

Reclaim Plastic Queen Cups

Want to reclaim and reuse plastic queen cups? It’s easy. Just use melted beeswax as a cleaning solvent. You’ll need: clean, pesticide free beeswax a pot to melt the beeswax in a strainer that fits freely inside the pot a clean working surface The beeswax must […]

House Apiary

House Apiary

Interested in house apiaries? Sometimes an image is worth a 1000 words. So, what are a 1000 images worth? Plenty if you are interesting in building a house apiary. Check out this Google image search. -bW

Beautiful Box Hive

Beautiful Box Hive

Larry Garrett’s new box hive is a beauty. It’s loosely based on the Warre hive with some interesting modern twists. It: is square uses small cell size plastic foundation has wood frames uses thick walls has an insulated, ventilated cover includes a protected, baffled entrance […]