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Equipment FAQ

There are 3 sizes of standard Lang equipment. (I’ve listed them in order of how common) Most people use deep’s for hive body (brood) and mediums for honey supers (or shallow for honey supers)
9 5/8″ – Commonly called “Deep” – uses 9 1/8″ frames
6 5/8″ – Commonly called “Medium” or (Illinois) super – uses 6 1/4″ frames
5 3/4″ – Commonly called “Shallow” super – uses 5 3/8″ frames
There are some other sizes out there as well, but they are not as common.
You can get any of these in typically 10 or 8 frame widths. There are also 5 frame Nuc.

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When it comes to the frames themselves, there are only 2 basic types, Wood or Plastic.  Wood frames are the standard, Bee’s like them and so do we.

There are however various options for wood frames.

  • Groove Top Bar, Groove Bottom Bar – used for plastic foundation inserted – holes or no holes
  • Wedge Top Bar, Groove Bottom Bar – commonly used for wax foundation
  • Wedge Top Bar, Split Bottom Bar – used for wax foundation
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There are literally thousands of bee hive’s design’s out there.  I will list the most common ones.

Lang – aka Langstroth, aka Dadant most common in US

National – most common in UK

Top Bar – aka horizontal top bar hive

Warre – aka vertical top bar hive

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There are many places that you can purchase your equipment from.  Just realize some “kit’s” may contain things that you probably don’t need.  Before buying anything, we recommend you get with a bee keeper and ask questions.  There are really a few essentials that you need, and the rest may or may not be necessary.
Essential equipment

  • Hive tool
  • Smoker
  • Veil/jacket

 

If you are Local to Indianapolis we recommend:

Indy Bee Supply

 

Lebanon/Lafayette:

RJ Honey

 

Internet/Mail order places

Mann Lake LTD 

Dadant

Walter T Kelley Bee

Brushy Mountain

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