The 8-frame is the hive set-up we use and the one we recommend. 8 frame equipment is lighter, and nobody's back is getting any younger; the bees seem to do well with the more vertical orientation of the hive too. We also stock everything in 10-frame size, which is the industry standard. Beautifully crafted woodenware comes from Forest Hill Woodworking in Pennsylvania; frames and foundation wax come from Kelley Beekeeping in Kentucky - the nicest wax around.
Includes: 2 deep hive bodies; 2 medium honey supers (not shown); landing board; screened bottom board with entrance reducer; slatted rack; inner cover; telescoping cover with white aluminum top; and all the frames and foundation necessary. The All Mediums option includes five medium boxes (3 for hive bodies and 2 honey supers. (Legs shown in the photo are sold separately and are intended for hives set on cinder blocks buried in the ground. To see the method we use for setting hives that stay level through freeze/thaw cycles, click this link.)
Ships flat, available in-store assembled for $310 (8-frame) or $340 (10-frame).
We also sell the increasingly popular all-mediums hive setup. Please call or e-mail questions about pricing.