Modern Beehives

Langstroth Hives.

The Langstroth consists of a series of boxes, called supers, stacked on top of each other. There are deep supers (or brood boxes) and honey supers. These supers rest on a bottom board and are topped by an inner and outer cover. Each super holds frames where the honey bees build comb.
A queen excluder restricts access to the honey from the queen and drone honey bees. The queen excluder sits on top of your brood box.
Since Langstroth hives are so popular and come in modular layouts, you can easily source brand-new replacement parts should you ever want to expand your hive or do repairs.

Eight-Frame Langstroth Hive

Eight-frame Langstroth hives use the same design as the classic ten-frame hives do. But there is one main difference. I bet you’ve guessed it. That’s right! It only has eight frames instead of ten. Are there pros and cons? Yes, there are.
The smaller number of frames means your supers are smaller and lighter. So rather than a full super weighing 60 pounds, the eight frame supers only weigh 30 pounds. If you plan to move your hive boxes, the smaller frame count can save your back.

Ten-Frame Langstroth Hive

Each super in a Langstroth Hive contains frames. These frames are where the bees build their honeycomb. The idea is the bees attach the comb to the edge, usually on a foundation made from beeswax. Now the bees are building their honeycombs where you want, rather than in hard-to-reach areas.
The standard Langstroth hives have ten frames per super, a ten-frame super full of honey can weigh as much as 60 pounds!

Top bar hives

The attraction to the top bar hives is their super simple design. Plus, you don’t have to shell out a ridiculous amount of money nor need to have pro-level building skills to set up a beehive with a top bar design.
Unlike other hive designs, you’ll keep bees inside a triangular wooden box. Inside are wooden bars resting along the top over an open cavity (the top bars that give the hive its name). These bars are where the bees build their comb. This layout allows them to build their comb downwards more naturally than the Langstroth hive.
To protect the colony, a wire mesh is available at the bottom of the long box. On top, there is a cover that you can easily open and close to access the space.