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Building Beehives For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-31294-0
288 pages
January 2013
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The easy way to build your own beehives and beekeeping equipment

Building Beehives For Dummies is the follow-up book to the bestselling Beekeeping For Dummies. It provides everything you need to learn how to build some of the world's most popular hives and beekeeping accessories.   For each design the book includes a detailed materials list (what lumber, hardware and fasteners you'll need), step-by-step building instructions, and illustrative drawings that show how the components all fit together.  There are over a dozen plans in all, including the traditional Langstroth hive, the eight frame garden hive, designs for elevated hive stands, the Warre hive, screened bottom board, the Kenya top-bar hive, four-frame observation hive, hive top feeders, and more. The book contains introductory chapters that teach you the basic carpentry skills necessary to build any of the plans in the book. 

Whether you are a new beekeeper or a seasoned ol’timer, Building Beehives for Dummies provides you with the information you need to plan and succeed at building beehives (and other cool accessories). You'll discover what type of hive to build, hints on how to maintain your equipment, what bees need to stay happy and healthy, where to locate your hive, and much more.

  • Covers "bee space," the critical technical measurement within a beehive that's crucial for easy inspection of your colonies
  • Offers guidance on keeping both urban and suburban neighbors happy, getting proper permissions, and understanding regional laws and regulations
  • Provides creative ideas for dressing up hives for fun and profit

In today’s world of self-sufficiency, back-to-basics and sustainability, building beehives is a fun hobby that both you and your bees will appreciate and benefit from.

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Introduction 1

Part I: The Buzz on Beehives 7

Chapter 1: Getting Sweet on Building Your Own Beehives 9

Chapter 2: Comb Sweet Comb: Beehive Basics 21

Chapter 3: Gathering Basic Tools and Materials 35

Chapter 4: Fine-Tuning Your Carpentry Skills 55

Part II: The World’s Most Popular Beehive Designs 67

Chapter 5: The Kenya Top Bar Hive 69

Chapter 6: The Five-Frame Nuc Hive 83

Chapter 7: The Four-Frame Observation Hive 97

Chapter 8: The Warré Hive 109

Chapter 9: The British National Hive 123

Chapter 10: The Langstroth Hive 145

Part III: Sweet Beehive Accessories 165

Chapter 11: The Frame Jig 167

Chapter 12: The Double Screened Inner Cover 173

Chapter 13: The Elevated Hive Stand 183

Chapter 14: The IPM Screened Bottom Board 189

Chapter 15: The Hive-Top Feeder 197

Chapter 16: The Solar Wax Melter 207

Chapter 17: Langstroth Frames 217

Part IV: The Part of Tens 229

Chapter 18: Ten (Or So) Tips for Extending the Life of Your Equipment 231

Chapter 19: Ten (Or So) Ways to Trick Out Your Hives 239

Chapter 20: Ten Fun Facts about Beehives 249

Index 255

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Howland Blackiston has been a backyard beekeeper since 1984. He has appeared on dozens of television and radio programs, including the Discovery Channel, CNBC, CNN, and NPR. He is the author of Beekeeping For Dummies.

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