In modern beekeeping , a Langstroth hive is any vertically modular beehive that has the key features of vertically hung frames, a bottom board with entrance for the bees, boxes containing frames for brood and honey the lowest box for the queen to lay eggs, and boxes above where honey may be stored and an inner cover and top cap to provide weather protection. The frames are designed to prevent bees from attaching honeycombs where they would either connect adjacent frames, or connect frames to the walls of the hive. The movable frames allow the beekeeper to manage the bees in a way which was formerly impossible. Modern Langstroth hives have different dimensions from L. Langstroth 's beehive that was originally patented in and manufactured until approximately , but retain the main features of allowing bee space as well as easy access which works well for the bees but also makes management of the beehive easier for the beekeeper.
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Building a beehive and keeping bees has always been an interest of mine. Bee's help plants develop and thrive. They also produce liquid gold. I'm also an avid prepper and hobby homesteader so a beehive has been on my to do list for some time now. Some say that bee's are disappearing due to heavy insecticide use. The saying goes that if this is the case we are in deep guano because bees are essential for plant growth.
Without bees we would ultimately parish. Others say this is an urban legend. Whether this is true or not I cannot say. I am keeping bees to help my own garden, and the gardens of my neighbors, as well as the sweet golden honey they produce. This project shouldn't take longer than a day with power tools, without them it shouldn't take longer than a weekend.
You can make it yourself for free if you have the wood and tools, plus you get the satisfaction of doing it yourself.
If you like this instructable show me your thanks by voting for it in the "outdoor structures" contest I could use the power tools. Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. I made my Frame Langstroth hive out of reclaimed wood. Actually it came from a TV stand that fell apart during a move.
I decided to repurpose the wood, and this project came up so lucky me! I don't own any power tools unless you count my dremel so I had to do everything by hand. Here's what I used to build my Langstroth beehive:. A langstroth beehive has three super beehive box sizes, deep, medium, and shallow.
The basic beehive has two types of supers. A brood super, this is where the queen and growing colony resides, and a honey super, this is where the bees make their honey. Between the brood and honey supers is a queen excluder which prevents the queen from traveling into the honey supers. Check out the pictures for dimensions and build your hive appropriately.
Make sure everything lines up and is square before moving on to the next step. A wood rasp and sand paper came in handy to dial in any cuts that were off. I used a cinder block to keep my frames square before nailing them together. Once the boxes are assembled, make a 1x2 handhold and attach it with nails or wood screws. These are essential as the honey super can be heavy when filled with honey 50 - 80 lbs. Each super contains 10 frames. These frames need to rest so that they lie level and leaves enough room to add another bee box on top.
To do this you will need to cut a notch into the top of each super. Cut out a notch using these lines as a reference. I used a dremel and a cutting wheel to do this. Dial in any rough parts with a wood rasp and sand paper. I made the base by first building the outside frame, then nailing a piece of plywood to the frame.
I used a cinder block to keep the corners square while I nailed the frame together. Then I used the frame to outline the proper size of plywood needed.
I cut out the plywood and nail it to the frame. Use a few nails on the inside of the frame to support the board while you nail it to the frame. This will prevent the bees from escaping, but allow mites to fall through. Make or buy the frames for each box you have. I chose to buy mine because of the complexity of the cuts. This part of the beehive deserves it's own instructable so until then don't feel to bad about buying these online.
Some of them come with their own honeycomb foundations which helps the bee's in forming a straight comb. The inner cover is made similar to the bottom board except it has an open vent hole in the center of the board. I centered the board to the frame the same way I did the bottom board, by resting it on nails, then nailing it to the frame.
Remove the resting nails after the board is properly secured to the frame. The outer cover rests on top of the inner cover. It's made with a frame You can use aluminum sheet metal, galvanized steel, or foil tape for the cover.
Once the cover is made make sure to prime and paint it. You don't have to paint your beehive, but you should at least put a coat of primer on it to weather proof it. Use an exterior oil based primer on all outer surfaces.
Finish it off with a top coat of paint the color of your choice. Most people paint their hives white to keep it as cool as possible, but it's not required. Once your hive is complete you just need some bee's. There are several options to populate your hive.
With a Beehive Nuc. Catching a Swarm. Attracting a Swarm. I hope you liked this instructable. If you did, show me your thanks by voting for it in the "Outdoor Structures" contest I could use the power tools! I see particle board and plywood - I was told that the adhesives used in their manufacture is harmful to bees.
Have you noticed any ill effects? There are lots of people who will 'warn' against things that turn out to be harmless, so this is a question, not a criticism! I got into the bees, about 4 years ago. Ive been building my own hive bodies too. When i was a kid, we built everything with hand tools. Since I have been an adult, I have become lazy, in my old age, and have all kinds of power tools. I salute your resolve to build your own, with hand tools.
When the power grid goes down, you will know what you are doing. Others will be stymied. Since you are on a tight budget, save some money, and trap your own bees. They are used to your local weather, are probably healthier than the package bees, and you can trap as many as you like. Build a swarm trap. It's just a box, that holds some frames, and bait it with lemongrass oil, on a cottonball. I've had good luck with a big lonely tree, in the middle of a field.
The bees will use it for a landmark. Put your trap ' up in the tree, in the spring, and check it regularly. When I see bees, I leave it alone for about weeks.
That allows the queen to get a good batch of brood going. Slip over, after dark, plug the entrance and take your bees. If you are taking them 3 or more miles away, all is good. If you are catching them close to home, you need to force them to re-orient. Otherwise, they will return, to where you caught them, and be lost. Some beekeepers place brush over the entrance, so the bees can't fly straight out. Don't block it, just provide an obstacle, they must work around.
They will re-orient to the new surroundings. To buy a bit of insurance. Take the trap back to the original spot, the next day, to pick up any stragglers. Check around, and see if there are other beekeepers in your vicinity. Maybe a club. And, Youtube has a wealth of info. Reply 3 years ago.
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