Wooden hives 

Beekeeping in wooden hives is an environmentally friendly way to keep bees. But we also have plastic hives, this assortment you can find in the category kunststof bijenkasten bekijken. De kasten zijn veelal gemaakt van onbehandeld hout, een herbruikbare grondstof wat de bijen een fijne leefomgeving biedt. Door het gebruik van houten bijenkasten draagt je bij aan het duurzaam imkeren. Bovendien zijn houten bijenkasten gemakkelijk te onderhouden, bijvoorbeeld door het gebruik van milieuvriendelijke verf op natuurlijke basis bij grenen bijenkasten. Investeer in een houten bijenkast en je doet iets goeds voor het milieu en de bijen. Wil je een houten bijenkast kopen? In onze online winkel bieden wij verschillende soorten bijenkasten aan, zoals de Simplex (dubbelwandige) bijenkasten, de Spaarkast bijenkasten in grenen of red cedar of de Warré bijenkast. Daarnaast hebben wij ook een grote diversiteit aan broed- en honingkamer raampjes, zoals Simplex broedkamer ramen for the Saving Cabinet, Belgisch Simplex broedramen of Dadant Blatt Hoffmann ramen. Bijna alle ramen zijn gemonteerd en ongemonteerd verkrijgbaar zowel voor broed- als honingkamers. Daarnaast vindt je bij ons ook bijpassende kunstraat, koninginneroosters of vlieggatstrips. It is important to know that each hive has its own advantages and disadvantages. Also consider the specific characteristics of the hive and your personal preferences and experience as a beekeeper before choosing a hive. With us, you can surely choose the wooden hive and its components that are suitable for you.

  • Kasten
  • Red Cedar savings hive hives
    Red Cedar savings hive hives

    We have different types of wooden hives for you, the beekeeper. In this category you will find the red cedar wooden hives for the Simplex window size, model savings hive. Red cedar is a light, durable and beautiful type of wood and is widely used among beekeepers. Red cedar can be treated with linseed oil and/or propoleum but you can also use this type of wood untreated. We have complete cabinets as a set in a basic composition but also sets that are very extensive and luxurious, with for example a gabled roof and glass cover shelf. We have several options. The Simplex windows fit both the red cedar saving cabinet and Simplex cabinet. The savings closet is one that has two sides that are not double-walled. A (double-walled) Simplex hive consists of two containers: an inner and an outer container. So in this hive you have an outer and an inner rim (-chamber). Nowadays, especially the savings hive is widely used. In this category you will also find the red cedar parts and the red cedar easy grip hives.

  • Simplex Bijenkasten
    Simplex Bijenkasten
  • Swarm boxes & six-framers made of wood
    Swarm boxes & six-framers made of wood

    A 6-window wooden hive, also known as a six-window or swarm hive, is a small hive that holds six simplex brood chamber windows. These windows are the same as those used in the thrift and/or simplex hive. Originally these hives were always made of wood, such as pine or red cedar, but today they are also available in [category id=291]kunststof, vaak gemaakt van EPS[/category], a type of styrofoam. This type of hive, is ideal for housing a small hive, such as a swarm or depositor. Or to raise a small colony of bees. Its compact size makes the hive easy to transport, making it an indispensable piece of beekeeper equipment. Many keep such a hive in their car by default to scoop swarms.

    Other uses of the hexramer

    The hive is also used in pollination, for making a depositor or sweeper, or housing a spare hive on a few windows of bees through, for example, the Aalster method, a technique for creating artificial swarms.

    Protection of the wooden sixramer

    We always recommend priming and painting wooden hives to protect them from moisture. This prevents moisture from entering the hive through the outside. By preventing this, the hives will last much longer. Wood is sensitive to moisture and can expand or shrink as a result. A coat of paint provides a protective barrier. In our assortment you will find a wide selection of 100% natural [category id=134]verven[/category], die een optimale bescherming bieden voor de buitenkant van een houten bijenkast. Voor extra bescherming kun je ook de binnenkant van de kast behandelen met [product id=1528]propoleum[/product]. This also helps extend the life of the hive.

    History of the wooden sixramer

    Historically, the hive was developed in England for the easy transportation of small swarms during a period of bee scarcity. During this period, many bee colonies, including Dutch ones, were exported to England. The small size of the hive, just big enough for one colony, was particularly useful at the time. The hive never disappeared and is still very widely used.

  • Demonstration & observation cabinets
    Demonstration & observation cabinets

    Demonstration hives are very nice for observing the bees. Therefore, this model of hive is called observation hive. As a beekeeper you can easily take the bees to a fair or market this way. Guaranteed to attract many visitors to your booth. And hopefully honey sales will increase as well!

  • Warré hives
    Warré hives

    The Warre hive is ideal for the starting beekeeper, as it requires little start-up material. The Warré cabinet has its origins in France and was developed by Émile Warré for simple beekeeping with minimal intervention on the bees. Émile Warré developed the hive in the early 1920s.e century to combat the declining number of beekeepers in France. In this category you will find our full range of Warré hives and accessories.

  • Zander wooden hives
    Zander wooden hives

    The wooden Zander hive from BeeFun® is a super high quality bee hive. Made of beautiful pine wood. This zander bee hive is, also known as Zanderbeute, is an innovative and specific bee hive designed for keeping honey bees. Zander bee hive can be made of wood or plastic polystyrene. In this category you will find the wooden version, the coastal plastic zander bee hive has its own category. The hive consists of 2 or 3 removable parts: the upper is the honey chamber and the lower is the brood chamber. One of the main innovations at the time was that the honey chamber, including the roof, could be removed, allowing the underlying brood chamber to be observed.

  • Langstroth bijenkasten
    Langstroth bijenkasten
  • Top Bar Hive Hive (TBH)
    Top Bar Hive Hive (TBH)

    The Top Bar Hive (TBH) hive is a hive without the usual honey and brood windows. The hive has only slats, on which the bees build the combs themselves. This makes the hive convenient for the starting beekeeper because he can get started without many tools and other investments. A striking feature of this hive is the sloping walls. Because the walls are sloped, the bees are prevented from building up the combs on the sides of the hive. The TBH is a hive that is also widely used in Africa because of its easy construction and minimal tool requirements.

  • Bijen vervoer
    Bijen vervoer
  • Drieraams kastjes
    Drieraams kastjes
  • Simplex dubbelwandig 46 x 46 (Belgisch)
    Simplex dubbelwandig 46 x 46 (Belgisch)
  • Kempen hives
    Kempen hives

    The Kempish hive has a size of 49.7 cm x 44 cm and is "double-walled," which means that this hive has extra thick walls. In this category you can find our Kempish range.

  • Top hive hive
    Top hive hive
  • Dadant US bijenkasten
    Dadant US bijenkasten

How many wooden hives do I need for my apiary?

How many brood and honey chambers you need per hive depends on the growth and size of the hive. During growth the hive is expanded and after the honey harvest the honey chambers are removed from the hive. Depending on the size of the hive, 1 or 2 brood chambers are usually used to winterize the hive. In general, it is recommended to have more than one hive. The saying "One hive is not a hive" is often used to indicate that - if you are unlucky - and you lose a hive you have no hive to continue beekeeping with. Hence the advice is to go into the winter with at least two hives if possible. In addition, it is important to become familiar with beekeeping in order to get the hang of this hobby. By taking a course and being guided for a season by an experienced beekeeper or mentor, you will learn to look at the specific characteristics of different hives. With the experience gained, you can then make choices about how to set up your apiary.

What is the difference between wooden hives and plastic hives?

Wooden hives are composed of natural and mostly untreated wood. Both hives provide suitable habitat for bees. Plastic hiveson the other hand, are usually lighter to lift and easier to maintain. Based on your needs, make your choice between a wooden or polystyrene (plastic) hive. Weigh what is important to you and which hive is better suited for you and your hive.

Why a wooden hive?

In nature, a colony of bees normally builds its nest in a hollow tree or other space such as a chimney. A brood chamber in a hive is a perfect substitute for such a natural space. A hive can be more easily monitored by the beekeeper and protects the bees from various weather conditions. Beekeeper Shop's wooden hives are made of quality wood. Pine hives are best maintained by priming and varnishing them with our natuurlijke verf of behandelen met propoleum to ensure longevity. Red cedar and Thermowood wood can be commissioned unpainted.

Want to expand a cabinet or replace a part? All parts can also be ordered separately through our web shop.