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 top 5 best beekeeping starter kits available this year. Let’s check them out:
The Goodland Bee Supply® Complete Bee Hive Kit with Honey Extractor
The BuildaBeehive 10 Frame Deluxe Beehive Starter Kit
The Honeybee Headquarters Beekeeping Beehive Starter Kit
The BuildaBeehive 8 Frame Standard Beehive Starter Kit
The Mann Lake HK170 Traditional Complete 10-Frame Hive Kit
5. The Mann Lake HK170 10 Frame Traditional Complete Hive Kit
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.Check Price
4. The 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 book titled 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.Check Price
3. The Honeybee Headquarters Beekeeping Beehive 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.Check Price
2. The 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.Check Price
1. The Goodland Bee Supply Complete Bee Hive Kit wit 2 Frame Manual 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.Check Price