Beekeeping Basics: Equipment For Beginners (video)

In part 2 of this how to series with veteran beekeeper Glen Andresen, we learn about the basic equipment needed for those relatively new to beekeeping, or just starting out.

Glen Andresen Working On Hive

Glen Andresen Working On One of His Langstroth Hives

Andresen has a number of hives at his Portland (Oregon) home, and also maintains hives on other properties. These are some of the equipment items discussed, and demonstrated in this video:

  • Hive Types, the key strengths and weaknesses of the Langstroth, Top Bar, and Warre hives.
  • The parts of the Langstroth hives, probably the most popular type of hive.
  • A variety off hive Tools, including a frame holder, bee brush and scratcher
  • Smoker
  • Special Clothing

There are (of course) many good books on basic beekeeping. One book, I can recommend (disclosure: I received a free copy in the mail), is a hardcover titled: Homemade Living: Keeping Bees —All You Need to Know to Tend Hives, Harvest Honey & More published by Lark Crafts (2011).

Let us know if you have any favorite books that you have used, and can recommend to others.

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