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The 8 Frame Hive is gaining popularity with many beekeepers because of its ease of manipulation, standardization of equipment, and increased success. In his book, " The Backyard Beekeeper" , Kim Flottum describes the 8 Frame Medium hive as the "hive of the future" and this one is the finest you will ever find! With only one size super, frame, and foundation your beekeeping is greatly simplified. The first time you have to lift a full super you will never regret having switched to 8 Frame Medium hives. Our beautiful A-line Copper Top will enhance any setting in which it is placed.
Each English Garden Hive consists of:
A-Line Copper Top
Cypress IPM Bottom Board
2 Medium Cypress Supers
Cypress Hive Stand
16 Assembled Grooved Top / Grooved Bottom Bar Frames w/ Crimp Wire Foundation
You will need to paint the outer exposed wood with either any light colored acrylic latex paint or non toxic stain to help preserve your hive and make it last.
Please Note: Due to the dimensions on this hive this kit must SHIP IN MULTIPLE BOXES, SHIPPING WILL BE ADJUSTED AND CUSTOMER WILL BE CONTACTED WITH NEW TOTAL FOR APPROVAL PRIOR TO ORDER BEING SHIPPED
I bought two in early 2015 and am still using them but I have had to do significant reinforcement of the boxes. The boxes are not jointed and peel apart at the corners to the point that bees were using the gaps in the corners to enter and exit the hives! Both hives are well protected from moisture Ė one is sealed with deck sealant and the other a high quality outdoor paint. I tried nailing the boxes back together and the warping just pulled the nails free. I used wood screws to hold the boxes together and even with countersinking the screws the wood wants to split.
My advice: Buy the pine boxes with the jointing. They look just as nice once painted/stained and they donít peel apart nearly as fast; even after a Canadian winter the pine boxes corners are perfectly intact.
- Kyle MacLintock, SK
putting th awe in awesome
I got the beginners kit * frame garden hive several years ago, Love the look and ease of use. The uniformity makes ordering parts and supplies so easy. I will be oedering more as my apiery grows.
- RICHARD CLINE, NC
I purchased two Garden hives this year and have been very pleased. They are working out great so far. No complaints.
- George, MD
Really love this hive
Great looking and good value for the money. Received my first garden hive yesterday and was a little concerned that the joints were not dovetailed for strength. Appears to be some slight warping on one super. Not overly worried as these are 8 frame mediums, but wish they were dovetailed and I would pay extra for it. I plan on ordering another though. I sincerely hope the lack of dovetailing doesnt cause my super to fall apart at a critical moment.
- Susan, TN
Easy and pretty but have to paint it. : /
Eight frame is easier to lift when heavy with honey or brood. But harder to find local folks selling medium sized nucs.
The roof attic is pretty and also provides extra insulation but iin the south it can attract small ants, and some ants drowned in the top feeder syrup which the bees dont mind Formic acid kills varroa but they also got inside my ventilated gloves while I was working. Ouch!
So When I lived in the south, I fixed this: I drilled a 3 inch hole in the roofs attic floor, poured bulk cinnamon inside and shook it to coat the attic. Then I plugged the hole with a matching sized cork and shaved the excess cork to fit above the inner cover. No more ants!
Now I moved up north and I like the extra insulation of the roof. But they also wrap hives for winter here. Have to go to a different supplier for that stuff.
- HELEN LOUGHREY, CT
8 frame english hive
Purchased 2 hives in winter 2012 ,used a weather proof natural stain on outside and for the copper roof I used a product called Everbrite helps prevent copper from turning black,my hives look great in the backyard even after the first season. Have 3 full brood chambers on each hive . Easy to maintain 8 frame hive! I am a first time bee keeper and I would recommend this hive to a beginner. Thinking of adding a 3rd.
- Craig Hoffman, GA
Only one complaint...
While the hive itself is excellent, I found that one of the mediums has warped. I wish this was sold with the option of getting dovetailed mediums. I would pay extra for that.
- Will, TX
So far I love this hive. I have 3 and everyone who sees them just goes on and on about how beautiful they are. I just put a clear coat on mine to let the fantastic natural wood finish show through. I am a new beekeeper and Im glad and so is my back that I started with the 8-Frame Hives. The only con is I had to move a few hives that were to close to some large ant hills because the ants were eating holes in the corners of the underside of the top cover and crawling in and out of the cover. So far Im stacking mine with 3 brood boxes and 2 honey supers and just loving the results. I highly recommend his hive kit. Thanks Brushy Mountain for a gorgeous hive that makes beeking for me fun and enjoyable.
- Mama BOGGS, OH
I have these hives and love them. I did not paint mine, instead I put 3 coats of urethane on them, as I really love the look of the cypress wood. We have had a somewhat wet spring and my supers are holding up really well. I know cypress is a geat wood to work with, but with any wood, the weather can get to it. I have had no problems with them coming apart at the seams. I love the design of the A top, not only does it look great, it is fantastic for the rain to run off, sometimes flat tops get dents and hold water unless you elevate one end. I use a piece of plywood in my bee yard if I need to set frames or supers on something and then prop it up against the back of the hive for future use. Having neck surgery a couple of years ago, the 8 frame works fantatic for me. Brushy Mountain has some of the finest equipment and I would highly recomend them.
- C. S. Ward, NC
Purchased two garden hives to begin transition from 10-frame to 8-frame. Three months later, cypress mediums have started to warp and separate. Nails are not galvanized, so painting is necessary, So much for the nice look of weathered cypress.
- -dcm-, MD
An awesome addition
This hive looks so good in my garden. My neighbor saw just how beautiful it was and decided to keep bees herself! Sturdy, functional/practical and beautiful!
Looks and works great
I am starting my fourth season with this hive. I wanted less weight for my back and knees to bear, and something good looking because it is in the back yard of my small inn. I set it on a large plastic beverage crate atop a raised 24 bed garden and it is very easy to work. I would worry about swarming if using only the 2 mediums. I stack one more shallow in the beginning of the season, and will add another in late spring now because my bees split themselves last spring. The shallows are easier for me anyway.
- SARAH, NM
Looks pretty, but not that functional
What I liked: You will hear lots of dissent, but eight frame medium is the way to go. The hive stand and bottom board are nice as well.
What I did not like: The worst is the outer cover. It is pretty, but every time you put it on the ground you will wish it had a flat top. Flat tops are nice to use as work platforms as well. Also, the cypress boxes didnt hold up as well as I would have liked. I am not a woodworker, but these boxes have a different joint than the finger jointed pine. The pine boxes seem to be less prone to curl up and leave gaps between the boxes. Lastly, I cant imagine using just two boxes, I think youll need 4 to 5, three for brood/overwintering and 1 to 2 for supers. Just be aware that youll need more equipment than is included.
- Bill, TN
A wonderful Hive for so many reasons
This hive looks great in my yard and even the neighbors say they have never seen such a nice bee hive. I had to buy a deep so I could move frames from a nuc into my hive and I used the medium for my first honey super. The construction is superb and when I had to lift my first full honey super I was so glad I went with the 8-frame! Im ordering another English hive for the spring. I stain them honey-color and they look very nice! Thanks Brushy Mountain!
- Russ, NY
I have been using this 8 frame all medium hive for three years now and LOVE it! I have 10 frame traditional, and 10 frame medium hives, and for weight, looks, and ease of use, I would trade two of them for just one garden hive. This is the only hive I buy now. My back thanks me, and its beautiful.