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Top 10 Best Beekeeping Starter Kits (Updated October 2017)

A beekeeping starter kit is hands down one of the best ways to get started in beekeeping. However, there are quite a number of starter kits on the market, and finding the one that’s just right for you may prove to be a task. Luckily, we here at BeeKeepClub have done our tests and compiled what we think are the best beekeeping starter kits available this year. Let’s check them out.

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The Goodland Bee Supply® Complete Bee Hive Kit with Honey Extractor

  • A Bee smoker
  • A Frame Spacer
  • An Uncapping Knife
  • An Uncapping Roller
  • A Frame Grip
  • 2 Wood Handle Hive Tools
  • One telescopic hive cover
  • A bottom board that has an entrance reducer
  • 1 inner Hive lid
  • Comes with a 2 frame stainless steel hone extractor
  • Does not include any beekeeping glove nor jacket
  • Does not include any beekeeping beginner book
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The BuildaBeehive 10 Frame Deluxe Beehive Starter Kit

  • One 8-Frame 9-5/8 inch wooden super
  • A telescoping inner cover
  • 8 Sheets plastic base foundation
  • An entrance feeder
  • Eight 9 1/4 inch top bar frames
  • A bottom board
  • An all purpose hive tool
  • A bee smoker to calm bees during hive inspections
  • 1 pound of bee smoker fuel
  • A protective beekeeping veil
  • A protective pair of beekeeping gloves
  • A book titled First Lessons in Beekeeping.
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The Honeybee Headquarters Beekeeping Beehive Starter Kit

  • A hive tool
  • A beekeeping book - First Lessons in Beekeeping
  • A beekeeping jacket with veil and one pair beekeeping gloves
  • A Bottom board that is already assembled
  • Two deep brood boxes with 20 frames
  • One medium super with 10 frames
  • One entrance reducer
  • A top hive 2.5 gallon feeder that is already assembled
  • An inner cover that is already assembled
  • A telescoping outer cover with aluminum top that is already assembled
  • A bee smoker
  • A bee brush
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The BuildaBeehive 8 Frame Standard Beehive Starter Kit

  • Comes with 8 frames and 1 hive box
  • Comes unassembled
  • Comes with a bee smoker and fuel
  • Comes with beekeeping veil and gloves
  • Doesn't come with a honey extractor
  • Not much room for expansion
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The Mann Lake HK170 Traditional Complete 10-Frame Hive Kit

  • Hive kit is sturdy and well made
  • Does not include most of the items of the other kits, such as a bee smoker and protective gear
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10. Flow Hive Classic Cedar 6 Frame Langstroth Beehive

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Flow is one of those brands that have become a household name. Their Classic Cedar 6 Frame beehive unit boasts a number of appealing features. The brood boxes and supers are built using Western Red Cedar, one of the best materials for beehive construction. It is resistant to fungus and puts off all kinds of insects that might invade the beehive for whatever reason. The unit also has a screened bottom board, a roof, inner cover, and a queen excluder. The roof directs rain water away from the hive and also shelters the bees from direct sunlight. This ultimately provides a good habitat for the bees to thrive.

The Flow Hive Classic Cedar 6 Frame beehive is delivered with an assembly manual that is easy to read and follow that makes it easy to put together the unit. Furthermore, the brood box has 8 standard foundationless frames and the super has 6 Flow Frames in addition to honey collecting tubes and a Flow Key. This is simply a highly sophisticated beehive unit designed for the serious beekeeper. The unit is easy to assemble the unit and I applaud its sophisticated features, that is, the Flow Frames, Flow Keys, and Flow Tubes.

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9. Flow Frame Classic 7 – Beehive Frames

Best Beekeeping Starter Kits - Flow Frame Classic 7 - Beehive Frames

The Flow Frame Classic 7 is an upgrade of the Classic 6 Hive from Flow but they work in the same manner. The frames are designed to fit a Langstroth 10-Frame hive box. The frames do not have a wire mesh but they have a unique design that makes honey harvesting easy and safe. The beekeeper is able to see when the frames are ready since they have a transparent end that allows the beekeeper to see the interior.

Flow Frame hives eliminates the need to remove the hive frames when you want to extract honey. Instead, you simply insert the Flow Key which splits the honey cells forcing the honey to flow into the tubes and out of the hive. This is not only one of the safest methods of extracting the honey, but it also leaves the bees undisturbed. You therefore never harm the bees. The Flow hive starter kit is simply one of the best you can have.

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8. Mann Lake HK170 10 Frame Traditional Complete Hive Kit

Best Beekeeping Starter Kits - Mann Lake HK170 Traditional Wood Frames

The Mann Lake HK170 is an excellent starter beehive kit. In provides room for expansion once the bees draw most of its foundation. It is one of those kits that grow with your business since it allows an addition of a second deep hive body unlike other starter hive kits.

The Mann Lake HK170 comes with an assembled 9-5/8 inch hive body, and ten assembled wood frames measuring 9-1/8 inches that have Rite-Cell foundation that are waxed. It also includes an assembled telescopic cover that has an inner cover and a pre-assembled bottom board that has an entrance reducer. It is an excellent traditional complete hive kit for both the novice and the pro beekeeper.

All the items included with the kit are made of good quality materials, and since they come assembled it will not take much started for you to setup the entire unit and bring in your bees. Nonetheless, this unit is not pre finished and thus you might have to seal or paint it. You are also responsible for the bee space therefore you have to ensure the gaps between frames are properly stacked.

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7. BuildaBeehive 8 Frame Standard Beehive Starter Kit

Best Beekeeping Starter Kits - BuildaBeehive 8 Frame Standard Beehive Starter Kit

 

The BuildaBeehive 8 Frame Standard Beehive Starter Kit is suitable for both beginners and pros alike. It provides an affordable way to get started in beekeeping, allowing you to get a taste of the hobby to see if it’s for you, without breaking the bank.

I particular find this unit most beneficial for a starter who wants to start off as a pro. The wooden frames are of high quality and all the other equipment and tools that come with the unit are worth every penny. Included in the kit are:

  • One 8-Frame 9-5/8 inch wooden super
  • A telescoping inner cover
  • 8 Sheets plastic base foundation
  • An entrance feeder
  • Eight 9 1/4 inch top bar frames
  • A bottom board
  • An all purpose hive tool
  • A bee smoker to calm bees during hive inspections
  • 1 pound of bee smoker fuel
  • A protective beekeeping veil
  • A protective pair of beekeeping gloves
  • A beekeeping book – First Lessons in Beekeeping

The BuildaBeehive 8 Frame Standard Beehive Starter Kit is limited if you want to expand and add more equipment to your hive since it only supports 8 frames. It also does not come with a honey extractor .

However, for those that want to get a taste of what beekeeping is like, this kit is a great way to get started. BuildaBeehive is hands down one of the top brands on the market and I have always loved their beekeeping units and equipment. They also provide a money back guarantee and therefore you are fully covered in case you are not satisfied with their products. Their customer service is also superb making this brand a great choice for the beekeeping and pro alike.

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6. Valley Bee Supply 10-Frame Beehive

Best Beekeeping Starter Kits - Valley Bee Supply 10-Frame Beehive

Are you looking for a beehive unit that is unassembled and is made of excellent quality material? Well, the Valley Bee Supply Bee Hive comes unassembled and is made of unfinished New England White Pine. If necessary, you can paint or coat the assembled unit with tung oil. The unit is ideal for all skill levels, whether the experienced beekeeper or the beginner but who must be willing to buy other supplies such as frames separately.

The Valley Bee Supply hive kit comes with 2-deep boxes and 3- medium frame boxes. They have all been drilled to ease assembly. The unit also has undercut handles to provide a firm grip and to resist rotting. Its aluminum telescoping roof protects the unit from harsh weather and is resistant to rust. The box body on the other hand is made of high-grade plywood which lasts for many years.

Other additional features of the hive are: an inner cover, a screen bottom board, and a slide out tray with counting grid, all of which are pre-assembled. Available also is an entrance reducer. However, the unit does not come with nails, frames, or foundation. Overall, the unit is excellent and will definitely last long.

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5. Ware Manufacturing Home Harvest Beehive

Best Beekeeping Starter Kits - Ware Manufacturing Home Harvest Beehive

Another excellent quality design and material hive is the bee hive kit from Ware Manufacturing. The unit has all you desire of a beekeeping starter kit. It is made from white-stained cedar that is resistant to insects and is highly durable. Even though the unit comes unassembled, it is really a no brainer to connect its components.

The Home Harvest Beehive unit has a peaked roof that directs rain water off the hive. This protects the hive from getting soaked and the roof also protects the bees from direct light. The beekeeper is also provided with two observation windows that provide proper ventilation and makes hive inspection easy. In fact the airflow to the hive can be controlled which makes it possible to regulate the conditions within the hive during cold winter or hot summer. The unit also provides space underneath for additional boxes when bee colony grows.

When it comes to price, the beehive kit is quite affordable.

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4. Honeybee Headquarters Beekeeping Beehive Starter Kit

Best Beekeeping Starter Kits - Honey Bee Headquarters Beekeeping Starter Kit

Honeybee Headquarters is a reputed manufacturer when it comes to beekeeping tools and equipment. Its beekeeping starter kit is packaged with essential beekeeping equipment, though it is missing a honey extractor. It is suitable for starting out or expanding your beekeeping business.

The starter kit includes the following:

  • A hive tool
  • A beekeeping book – First Lessons in Beekeeping
  • A beekeeping jacket with veil and one pair beekeeping gloves
  • A Bottom board that is already assembled
  • Two deep brood boxes with 20 frames
  • One medium super with 10 frames
  • One entrance reducer
  • A top hive 2.5 gallon feeder that is already assembled
  • An inner cover that is already assembled
  • A telescoping outer cover with aluminum top that is already assembled
  • A bee smoker
  • A bee brush

One thing however that is worth noting is that it does not come with nails and therefore you’ll have to find your own when assembling.

All the products that are included in this kit are of high quality and the kit includes beeswax foundation for the frames. The book provided further guides you on what you need to do in order to get started. This is a great starter kit and I highly recommend it to anyone.

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3. BuildaBeehive 10 Frame Deluxe Beehive Starter Kit

Best Beekeeping Starter Kits - BuildaBeehive 10 Frame Deluxe Beehive Starter Kit

If you are a pro beekeeper and looking for an unassembled unit with all you need for your beekeeping activities (except a honey extractor), then look no further. This upgrade from the Standard Starter Kit comes fully packed with some essential beekeeping equipment and tools such as:

  • Bee veil
  • Hive tool
  • Easy to lift hive
  • Bee smoker
  • Bee smoker fuel
  • Gloves that fit any bee suit
  • One 10-frame 6-5/8 inch wooden super
  • Ten sheets of plastic foundation
  • An inner cover
  • An entrance feeder
  • Ten top bar frames measuring 6-1/4-inches
  • A reversible entrance reducer
  • A bottom board

Just like all other BuildaBeehive products this starter kit is covered by a money back guarantee and therefore if unsatisfied for any reason you are free to return the item for a refund of your money. Only a few manufacturers give such an offer and that is one of the reason I never hesitate in recommending BuildaBeehive products to a friend.

A important benefit associated with the ten frame unit is that you can add in more equipment to your hive whenever you want to expand. The only flaw with this unit is that it comes unassembled which may be a challenge to the beginner. But overall, it is a great unit and I recommend to any one whether pro or beginner. It is good for those who would like to start cheap then later get an expensive one.

These starter kits are excellent for all beekeepers whether the novice or the pro beekeeper. Some come assembled whereas others are unassembled. Choose the one that best meets your budget and needs.

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2. Honey Keeper Beehive 20 Frame Complete Box Kit

The Honey Keeper Langstroth Beehive Kit is one of the top beehives to kick-start or scale up your beekeeping enterprise. It comes unassembled and has everything you require to get started. Once assembled, you can apply some paint or tung oil as finish just to add some aesthetic value to the kit. This 20-frame box has 10 deep and 10 medium-size white pine material frames that have been separated. They have unwaxed foundations and hexagonal shaped surface.

The Honey Keeper Langstroth Beehive has a dimensions 23 x 18.25 x 19.75 inches. All the finger joints of the hive kit are pre-cut and the nails are delivered with the package. All you need is a hammer for building your beehive. It does not take much brain work to build the hive and therefore you need not worry about the process of assembling the unit. Other features of this kit are: an inner cover, a bottom board, and a galvanized metal roof. All these protect the unit from bad weather. Other features are the queen excluder and entrance reducer.

This beehive kit is easy to assemble and it is sturdy. I highly recommend it.

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1. Goodland Bee Supply GLESUPERX2CTS1 Complete Beehive Kit with 2 Frame Honey Extractor

Best Beekeeping Starter Kits - Goodland Bee Supply 2 Frame Honey Extractor

Another great starter kit that comes with most of the tools and equipment needed for beekeeping. The unit features a Goodland Bee Supply 2 Frame Stainless Steel Manual Honey extractor and a complete beehive kit.

The honey extractor is nothing fancy, but it is durable and works well – a great tool for beginners.

All the inner and exterior components of the beehive kit are impressive. It has 2 large kiln dried pine Supers that have 20 frames measuring 9 inches each. It also has 20 pre-waxed plastic brood box Pierco Foundations.

Included also is:

  • A Bee smoker
  • A Frame Spacer
  • An Uncapping Knife
  • An Uncapping Roller
  • A Frame Grip
  • 2 Wood Handle Hive Tools
  • One telescopic hive cover
  • A bottom board that has an entrance reducer
  • 1 inner Hive lid

This beehive kit is covered by a warranty and therefore you are guaranteed of quality for your money. The main drawback associated with this unit is that it does not include any beekeeper beginner book or guide.

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A  Final Word

These starter kits are excellent for all beekeepers whether the novice or the pro beekeeper. Some come assembled whereas others are unassembled. Choose the one that best meets your budget and needs.

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