Pollen/Propolis Collection

Frequently Asked Questions

Select - This grade is made of select lumber that has the least amount of imperfections allowed. This grade allows small tight knots on the outside of the box and small imperfections on the inside. No knots in the fingers, rabbets or hand holds are allowed. Commercial - This is the most common grade requested by our customers and what is used in all of our kits. This grade is functionally sound with an allowance for tight solid knots, small pitch pockets and small tight cracks. Imperfections that interfere with the structure and functionality of the box are not accepted. Budget - These boxes are highly functional while allowing for multiple solid or loose knots, pitch pockets, cracks and knots in the fingers or rabbets. Imperfections that interfere with the structure or functionality of the box are not acceptable.
First, we suggest you take a class or find yourself a mentor who is willing to work with you. Knowledge is power and the more you know the more successful you will be. You will then need to order your bees and purchase your equipment. Click here to see our list of beekeeping groups located across the US. These local and regional groups often have monthly meetings that are full of good information and beekeepers with experience.
We suggest our Deluxe Beekeeping Starter Kit  (page 16 of our 2022 catalog). This is the superior starter kit for the new beekeeper with everything you need to establish your first colony and the quality protective clothing and tools you will use as your apiary expands. Featuring one of the best all-around educational books The Back Yard Beekeeper, you'll be outfitted with the equipment and knowledge you will need to begin your fascinating adventure in the world of the honeybee. The kit contains two deep hive bodies with frames and foundation (the main living area for the bees where the queen lays her eggs), two supers with frames and foundation (where they will eventually store surplus honey), bottom board with entrance reducer and a telescoping cover with inner cover. This kit comes completely assembled and is available either painted or unpainted.