Hive Parts


Metalwork for Brood Boxes and Supers are sold seperately. Please select from the bottom of the left hand column.

Bottom bee space is standard. If you prefer top bee space then please advise.
National Varroa Floor
Comes with Yellow Correx slide out tray for Varroa inspection and entrance block.
national hive open mesh floor with slide out tray
Assembled Cedar £33.52 Assembled Red Deal £29.76
National Brood
assembled national hive brood box Assembled Cedar £54.52 Assembled Red Deal £39.89
Flat Pack National Brood
flat pack national hive brood chamber Cedar £44.96
Red Deal £33.56
National Super
cedar national hive super Assembled Cedar £42.96 Assembled Red Deal £31.21
Flat Pack National Super
flat pack national hive super Cedar £34.85
Red Deal £22.30
National 4" Roof
assembled cedar national hive roof Assembled Cedar £53.97 Assembled Red Deal £46.50
Flat Pack National 4" Roof
flat pack national hive roof Cedar £42.22
Red Deal £35.52
National 6" Roof
assembled cedar national hive 6 Assembled Cedar £56.23 Assembled Red Deal £49.90
Flat Pack National 6" Roof
flat pack national 6 Cedar £47.77
Red Deal £42.89
National Gabled Roof
national hive gabled roof Assembled Cedar £65.65 Assembled Red Deal £53.45
National Hive Stand W Splayed Legs and Large Landing Board
national hive stand w splayed legs Assembled Cedar £39.22 Assembled Red Deal £33.86
National Hive Stand W Landing Board
national hive stand Assembled Cedar £34.22 Assembled Red Deal £27.86
Flat Pack National Stand W Landing Board
flat pack national hive stand Cedar £29.96
Red Deal £21.24

Double Hive Stand
double hive stand Assembled and finished. Just attach legs to top with supplied bolts. Assembled Cedar £75.22 Assembled Red Deal £54.86
National 14x12 Brood Box
national hive 14x12 brood box Assembled Cedar £72.87 Assembled Red Deal £50.54
National Standard Floor
Made from Cedar or Red Deal with a ply floor and timber lipping. Comes with entrance block.

national hive standard floor Assembled Cedar £34.02 Assembled Red Deal £28.55

Flat Pack National 14x12 Brood Box
flat pack national hive 14x12 brood box Cedar £59.25
Red Deal £37.66

Framed Queen Excluder
Framed Queen Excluder Framed Queen Excluders suitable for both top and bottom bee space. £17.89

Apiguard Crown Board
Apiguard Crown Board Facilitates administration of 'Apiguard' and can be used as a Clearer Board with the supplied Porter Bee Escapes. £17.23

Crown Board
National Crown Board Can also be used as a Clearer Board with the supplied Porter Bee Escapes. £13.55

Polycarbonate Quilt
National Polycarbonate Quilt Transparent alternative to the Crown Board. Allows viewing bees with minimal disruption to the colony. £17.21

Snelgrove Board
National Hive Snelgrove Board Invented by Leonard Snelgrove for the purpose of effective swarm/colony splitting and management. See Snelgrove Method

Travelling Screen
National Hive Travelling Screen Allows bees to breathe/stay cool whilst being transported. When moving a hive over a long distance remove the roof and crownboard and replace with a travelling screen. Hold in place with one or two hive straps. 3mm mesh to ensure no bees escape. £16.59

14x12 Eke
Used to convert a standard brood box to take 14x12 frames. Requires metal runners or castellated spacers (below)

national hive 14x12 eke Assembled Cedar £31.96 Assembled Red Deal £28.88

National Nucleus Hive
Suitable for 6 Hoffman frames with a higher roof to take 1/4 gallon liquid feeders. Comes with dummy board for easier inspection. Choose a timber and Assembled (Assm) or Flat Pack (FP)

National Nucleus Hive



National Nucleus Hive 14x12
As above but 14x12. Choose a timber and Assembled (Assm) or Flat Pack (FP)

14x12 nucleus hive



Ashforth Feeder
Lock Jointed Cedar. Inside sealed with three coats of paint. Perspex cover over bee area. Large holds 10 litres and Nuc 5 litres.

Ashforth Feeders



Nucleus Stand W Splayed Legs & Large Landing Board
nucleus hive stand with splayed legs

Assembled Cedar £34.45 Assembled Red Deal £27.12
National Nucleus Stand W Landing Board
nucleus hive stand

Assembled Cedar £25.79 Assembled Red Deal £20.94
Nucleus Hive Super
Supplied with fitted metal runners. assembled nucleus hive super Assembled Cedar £32.52 Assembled Red Deal £29.89
Castellated Spacers and Metal Runners
metal runners Metal Runners £1.30 per pair



Castellated Spacers £2.18 per pair.

castellated spacers



Porter Bee Escapes. £1.20

porter bee escape



Hive Tools
Manufactured locally in Sheffield.

Hive Tools





Mouse Guard
Mouse Guard

£1.21



National Entrance Block
Western Red Cedar with a small and large entrance. Made slightly overlength. Cut to fit your hive.

Entrance Block £2.54

Dummy Boards
Choose from National Hive Standard Brood, National 14x12 Brood or National Super

Dummy Boards



Frames
National Hive Hoffman, DN1 and SN1 Frames are now available in Flat Packs of 10 and 50. All packs come supplied with some frame nails to get you started.

Peak Hives Frames



Foundation Wax
National BS Wired Foundation. We Stock the most popular sizes. Deep, Shallow and 14x12 wax foundation.

Peak Hives Wired Foundation



Plastic Frame Ends
Plastic frame spacers available in narrow and wide. Sold in bags of 100. Plastic ends are available in white in either a narrow or wide spacing.




Nucleus Colonies
Peak Hives Nucleus Colony

If you are interested in a top quality Nucleus Colony on 5 or 6 frames please email
nicholas@peak-hives.co.uk
and we will pass on your details to our bee breeder Helen. She's an expert with a wealth of experience and produces quality nucs with marked queens. She is also breeding now from newly arrived Buckfast Queens. The 2013 season price per Nucleus Colony is £175.00.

British National Beehives


Based in a small workshop in Tideswell in the Peak District we make British National Beehives out of 1st grade Western Red Cedar, high quality Red Deal or, when available, locally sourced Western Red Cedar according to the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Modified National Hive Plans. Everything we sell we make here in the Peak District. We also stock other items of Beekeeping Supplies including Frames, Foundation Wax and Hive Tools. The driving forces behind peak-hives.co.uk are sustainability and quality workmanship. Sustainability because, well it matters quite a bit we think and quality workmanship because customer satisfaction is paramount.

University

Nick is currently studying teacher training full time at University and can only work on Peak Hives orders at the weekend and school holidays. If you're happy to wait then please place your order and it will be made up in due course. Many thanks to all our customers for their patience.




Fully Assembled National Hives

Customise to your requirements and choose either 1st grade Cedar or Red Deal. Standard Brood Box and Floor are included in the price. Bottom Bee Space is the National Hive standard so if you want Top Bee Space tick the checkbox. Don't forget to add on your metalwork requirements from the left hand column. We stock metal runners for Hoffman Frames and Castellated Spacers for SN1 etc. Please choose your hive options and extras below:

Supers:  

Roof:     

Floor:     

Crown:   

Stand:     

14x12 Brood Box + £16.20  

Framed Wired Queen Excluder + £17.89  

Top Bee Space. Free.  


red deal    Red Deal Discount.  


Total  
national hive in western red cedar



Flat Pack National Hives

Customise to your requirements and choose either 1st Grade Cedar or Red Deal. Standard Brood Box and Floor are included in the price. Bottom Bee Space is the National Hive standard so if you want Top Bee Space tick the checkbox. Don't forget to add on your metalwork requirements from the left hand column. We stock metal runners for Hoffman Frames and Castellated Spacers for SN1 etc. Please choose your hive options and extras below:

Supers:  

Roof:     

Floor:     

Crown:   

Stand:     

14x12 Brood Box + £14.53  

Framed Wired Queen Excluder + £17.89  

Top Bee Space. Free.  


red deal    Red Deal Discount.  


Total   
flat pack national hive in cedar or red deal


webcam...

Want to see your National Hive being made? Here's what's going on in the workshop right now. The image is updated every 10 minutes during working hours. Click to see full size...

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blog...

The rest of the centre column is an ongoing blog of what's new at peak-hives.co.uk and other items of interest...veg garden...renewables etc, but please don't let reading about the allotment distract you from placing your order...:-)




Peak Hives recommended kit for new beekeepers.

For new beekeepers (and there’s plenty, including me) I thought it might be worth while suggesting what I would think of buying as a first apiary set up.

If you’re good with a hammer, nails, glue, flat surface and *JOINERS SQUARE* then:

2 x Flat Pack of the default national hive configuration you see when you load up this page.  Add on a crown board and choose which type of metalwork you require for the brood box and supers (I’d recommend metal runners throughout and then use frame spacers to start off with – this can be changed over later to castellated spacers for the super easily enough should you wish)

And then choose which floor you want.  Most go for the Varroa Floor with slide out tray but many experienced beekeepers go for a standard floor.

Then timber.  Cedar is good for two reasons…1. it’s light.  A national super full of honey is already heavy enough.  2. Cedar is naturally resistant to rot.  Red Deal on the other hand is notably cheaper and will make a robust hive (provided you take care of it, which is easily done.  There’s plenty of houses round here built in the victorian era with original Red Deal doors because they’ve been well maintained).

That recommendation is to go with 1 nucleus colony.  The nucleus goes into hive number 1 and then when (possibly) a month later it swarms you have hive number 2 in which to put the swarm.  It’s said that it’s easier to manage two hives than 1.  And safer too.  1 Hive + 1 Disaster = No Bees!

Of course if you’re not entirely confident about your assembly skills then perhaps choose the same set up but pre-assembled here at Peak Hives.  Assembling a hive when you’ve done it lots of times is one thing but doing it for the first time can be a bit daunting.

Happy beekeeping 2010!

Nick

peak hives workshop...

Hi. I thought it might be informative to show the workshop (or the ground floor machining area at least).  This is where all our national hives are made.  Upstairs there’s an assembly area and shelving for hive parts.  As you can see it’s an old building which in it’s time has been a cow shed, a hen shed, a joiner’s workshop, an electricians workshop (The whole of Tideswell was electrified from here), an artists studio, a joiner’s workshop again and now peak-hives.

The image is several shots stitched together using ‘hugin’.

All the best and happy beekeeping for 2010!

Peak Hives Workshop

Peak Hives Workshop

National Hive Gabled Roofs...Update

I’ve just updated the prices/availability regarding the National Hive Gabled Roofs reflecting the fact that we’ve decided not to do them any more in flat pack.  The reason is that the roof structure with the top finishing piece is, I think, a weakness (given that its the most exposed part of a hive) and it’s better to have a single one-piece metal roof cover which, thanks to Swift Engineering of Buxton, we can now provide.  It means it’s not feasible to send them out as flat pack as the metalwork will get spoiled in transit.

We want you to get the best use out of our products for many seasons and this decision was made to ensure that’s the case.

My own view is that for practical beekeeping the flat roof might be the better solution as you can turn it upside down and put supers on it etc but I understand the desire for the aesthetics that the gabled roof provides.

Feedback, as always, is very welcome.

All the best.  Nick

national hive nucleus roofs

Quick post while I’m having lunch…Here’s a shot of this morning’s activity.  National Hive Nucleus Roofs with the new lock joints.  These are for a couple of orders for 14×12 nucs and standard nucs in red deal.

back to the workshop…

national hive nucleus roof

national hive nucleus roof

14×12 Nucleus Hive dry assembly

Just working on orders and there’s a couple of 14×12 nucs in there in red deal so I’m making up a batch of 5.  Here’s the brood chamber dry assembled.  Back to the workshop now to start on the roofs.

14x12 nucleus hive

14x12 nucleus hive

lock joint for national hive roof.

As a quick break from making up a batch of national nucleus hives today I had the chance to test out my new gear for making lock joints for national roofs.  previously I’d been using dovetails (which are perfectly suitable and in my opinion in some ways better) but given that all the big boys use lock joints I felt it necessary to follow suit and so here’s the test pic on a couple of bits of scrap western red cedar…

testing a lock joint for national hive roof construction

testing a lock joint for national hive roof construction

National Hive Gabled Roof Assembly Instructions...

Assembly Instructions for Peak-Hives Flat Pack National Hive Gabled Roof

here

national hive parts on ebay…

I’m getting too busy now to do a listing every Sunday and Wednesday so it’ll just be Sunday from now on.  At least for the time being anyway.

sunday ebay…flat pack western red cedar national hive super.

Another listing for a national hive super on ebay….here

Thin kerf blade for making National Hive frames.

Arrived today.  One pricey blade!  A quick break from making up orders and stock to perform a test with the new blade.  Cuts like a dream.  Finishes as if it’s been through a planer.  The cut width is a tiny 1.7mm!!  This will certainly do the trick of getting the maximum number of National Hive frames out of the timber used.  I’ll be making up a batch of frames next week probably starting with DN4 Hoffman’s to be supplied with our brood boxes or sold as flat packs.

Thin Kerf Blade used for making National Hive Frames

Thin Kerf Blade used for making National Hive Frames

National Hives just in time ordering...binned!!!

Not sure how M and T are doing but we’re snowed under with orders.  Initially I was working on a just in time ordering system.  That’s been binned as I can see that if I don’t have stocked shelves of National Hive parts then I won’t be able to cope.  So every order that comes in now is being made up but doubled…one for the customer and one for the shelves…

I’m also fretting about delivery times…Adriana is taking charge of running the business as regards that so I shouldn’t be so concerned given that she’s a background in managing businesses very sucessfully…

worries gone?  not quite but almost…

Cheers and here’s to a good beekeeping 2010!

Nick

National Hive Roof and Frames...

We’ve just purchased some tooling to improve upon our National Hive Roof design.  Now roofs will be constructed using 1/2″ lock joints.  Frames wise I decided that it was worth investing in a thin kerf saw blade for our table saw.  Each cut will only waste 1.7mm instead of the usual 3.2mm.  When machining up lots and lots of little parts (ie. frame bits) it will be much more economical if each rip through the timber only consumes 1.7mm….that’s the theory anyway and it’s backed up by me getting the plastic out to pay for an expensive saw blade…

We hope your bees will be happy in our hives and would welcome feedback in the new season…photos or comments please and we’ll set up a gallery area on the site.

All the best

Nick

national hive super in western red cedar on ebay…

Wednesday listing…here

peak hives will be making national hive frames

here’s the first of perhaps many thousand…a quick bit of jig making and we’re producing Hoffman DN4 frames.  More tests to do but the initial test was today and if we can make the Hoffman self spacing frame then the others shouldn’t be a problem.  if you’ve a request for a frame type then please mail me.

DN4 Hoffman Frame for National Hive

DN4 Hoffman Frame for National Hive

National Hive Frames coming soon…

As we want to make everything for the National Hive here in the Peak District we’ve decided to start making frames…it’ll be tedious work (11 frames per brood…9, 10 or 11 frames per super etc etc ad infinitum) but hey, work is work!  We’ll be starting off with Hoffman DN4 standard National Brood Frames,  then SN1 super frames and as many of the other types that seem to be in demand.  More soon…

All the best.

Nick

another cedar national super on ebay…

ebay keeps things ticking over I suppose…getting busy now though so might reduce it to one promo a week…

flat pack cedar national super

national hive production line...

Paul (from Oxfordshire Beekeepers) came up today to pick up 11 Flat Pack Western Red Cedar National Hives comprising standard floor with entrance block, standard brood box, 2 supers in red deal and a 4″ roof with galvanised metal cover.  It’s turning into a production line…

flat pack national hives lined up for collection

flat pack national hives lined up for collection

14x12 National Brood Box Flat Pack Dry Assembly

After the excitement of the morning it was back to the workshop to catch up with orders…Here’s a 14×12 National Brood Box in red deal being dry assembled before sending out as a flat pack kit.

14x12 National Brood Chamber in Red Deal

14x12 National Brood Chamber in Red Deal

Will be working this weekend to get a few orders out…

Peak District Western Red Cedar, National Hives

Up early to pick up my brother’s 1 tonne van and 3/4 tonne trailer (thanks Neil!)…then off to Chatsworth.  The forresters were already working on the tree when I arrived.  Even though Western Red Cedar is a ‘light’ wood…it’s bloomin heavy when it’s wet and in big logs!!!  The rough sawn lumber was then transported to be resawn into 2″ waney edge planks.  I’ll then stick them for a good while and monitor the moisture levels.  Here at Peak-Hives we’re trying our best to source local timbers and once again many thanks to all involved for this timber.

Peak District Western Red Cedar for Peak-Hives

Peak District Western Red Cedar for Peak-Hives

peak district western red cedar for national hive

peak district western red cedar for national hives

Was this tree planted by Capability Brown?…Now that’d make a National Hive!!!

Chatsworth Western Red Cedar for Peak National Hive

As promised by Dave the Head Forrester at Chatsworth and a day earlier than expected. Our tree has mostly already been felled and will be transported on friday for milling. Then it’ll be put in storage for air drying. The waiting process then begins, checking frequently with the moisture meter for suitability for use in our national hives.  The timber will be resawn in 2″ planks at Rowsley Sawmill (thanks to Simon).  Here’s a quick shot of one of the logs…

Chatsworth Western Red Cedar for Peak-Hives

Chatsworth Western Red Cedar for Peak-Hives

Many thanks to Dave and all involved.

National Hive Standard Floor Assembly Instructions

Latest Assembly instructions leaflet in pdf format added to the links on the right and

here

six well used tools...

here at Peak-Hives we take hive making seriously.  whether it be ripping and planing timber down to size, tenoning top and bottom rails, putting just the right bevel onto bottom rails, morticing out our national brood box and super ends everything is done with precision and care.  In the picture you can see 6 well used items from the workshop…getting things square is as you can see very important and that was the main idea behind the photo…but up in the top left you can see the other little tool that has edged it’s way into the shot and deserves a mention…without that calculator there’d have been many a costly mistake it has to be said…trusty little fella has aided me many a time…

six-well-used-tools

squares and calculator used in national hive making

national hive super on ebay...

Sunday listing…

flat pack cedar national super

assembled cedar national hive brood box on ebay…

have to keep pluggin away with the old fleabay wednesday sunday thing…

assembled cedar national hive brood box

visit to Mike Ashford's apiary...

I needed a 14×12 frame today and Mike kindly offered to lend me one.  Whilst I was there I was given a tour of his apiary with several National Hives and a very nicely put together Dartington.  Thanks for the frame and the tour Mike.  See you at the December CBKA meet.

cedar national super on ebay...

keeping up with the wednesday/sunday promotional postings on ebay we’ve just listed another fully assembled national hive super in western red cedar…

cedar national super

national super dry assembly...

got a big order on for flat packed mixed national hives…part cedar and part red deal…here’s a picture of one of the red deal supers being dry assembled to test for square and fit…

testing national hive super for square

testing national hive super for square

tomorrow, sunday…lots of national roofs and nucleus hives to work on…and perhaps a bit of a rest in the afternoon…

testing national hive rails for fit…

time to check all those national rails for fit to a brood and super…here’s a cedar national super and a cedar national bottom rail being put together in a dry fit…

national hive bottom rail and national hive super tested for fit

national hive bottom rail and national hive super tested for fit

tomorrow is national hive standard floor day…making up about 30. had a big order and all with standard floors.

national hive rails day…

quite a few orders on despite the inclement weather for bees…people must be preparing for next season and planning on making up a few flat packs over the christmas break…so here’s a few national hive rails in cedar and red deal ready to go into flat pack beehive kits…

british national hive top and bottom rails

british national hive top and bottom rails

was stood at the tennoning machine most of the afternoon…

ebay - national hive super fully assembled...

auction to promote the business…every wednesday and sunday a british national hive item will go for auction…

fully assembled national hive super

national hive rails in progress…

busy bee in the workshop…british national hive rails half made up.  then split into 4 piles.  1 cedar for bottom rails.  1 red deal for the same.  1 cedar for top rails and 1 red deal for the same…more machining to do tomorrow…bevels and rebates…

making national hive rails

making national hive rails

british national hive super on ebay

…ebay has it’s place I suppose.

flat pack national super in western red cedar

flat pack national hive super on ebay

flat pack national hive super on ebay

one hive - two timbers...

mix and match your british national hive parts in cedar and red deal.

we’ve noticed that quite a lot of customers like to buy certain parts of their national hives in western red cedar and other parts in red deal.  typically those parts that are out all year round (stand, floor, brood box and roof) are supplied in western red cedar but national supers are supplied in red deal as they are often taken in during the winter and so receive less harsh treatment.  this seems to make sense so we’ll be updating the site to allow the purchase of a complete and flat pack national hive but made up of the different timbers.  in the meantime if you’d like to place such an order then mail us at nicholas@peak-hives.co.uk

bbc r4 food programme on honey bees

interesting report on beekeeping by the food programme on radio 4.  visit to the national honey show.

here

visit by lrbka members...

had a visit to the workshop today by some senior members of the

Leicestershire & Rutland Bee Keepers Association

and gave a guided tour of Peak Hives.  They made some great suggestions as to modifications particularly to crown board design which are going to be incorporated into the standard Peak Hives crown board.  Any other bka’s are more than welcome to pay us a visit in Tideswell.

All the best and thanks to the lrbka for the visit.

Nick

a little bit of national hive history...

talking of ebay…I couldn’t resist.  given that peak-hives is all about providing everything for national hives I bought this on an ebay auction a couple of days ago.  it’s the 1961 ministry of agriculture, fisheries and food advisory leaflet 367.

here’s a pdf of the entire document…

leaflet 367b

and here’s a page with all the text and images…

leaflet 367

peak-hives on ebay...

seems that if you’re running a small business it’s good policy to also have an ebay thing going…so our ebay user id is ‘peak-hives’

I’ll try to put a product up there every wednesday and sunday to help spread the word.  to be honest though given the way people spend spend spend on ebay it’s probably cheaper to purchase national hive products off this site.

all the best

nick

recently left the workshop...

nice gabled roof hive with a 14×12 brood box in red deal…

national hive with gabled roof and 14x12 brood chamber

national hive with gabled roof and 14x12 brood chamber

the 14×12 certainly give alot more space in the brood box.  be interesting to calculate the volume sizes comparing standard brood with 14×12…one day will get the calculator out.  I think in our apiary setup next year we’ll go with one standard and one 14×12 to compare.

weekend working

two complete assembled national hives finished this weekend. 1 standard in cedar with brood box, 2 supers, varroa floor, stand with landing board, crown board and standard roof. 1 in red deal with 14×12 brood box, varroa floor, 2 supers, gabled roof. now for the packing and arrange delivery. could do with a packing department! they should be with their owners by wednesday latest. this weeks orders so far include 11 x flat pack nationals and various supers and brood boxes. busy bee!

national roof assembly instructions

very busy day!  locally sourced cedar being the big event.

anyway, here’s the flat pack national hive roof assembly instructions in pdf format.

National Roof

locally sourced western red cedar!

arranged to pick up locally sourced western red cedar in november.  couldn’t contain myself and had to hop on the bike to go and see the tree and here’s a picture  (location carefully disguised).  now to find a kiln and a resaw facility…hopefully the folks at ashopton sawmill might be able to help out with the resawing and my contacts have put me in touch with someone who has a kiln.  the warning that keeps getting repeated though is ‘watch out for your costs’ as the ferrying about of timber is costly in itself and time as they say is money.  anyway, with a bit of luck and care we’ll soon be machining up national hive parts made from peak district grown western red cedar.  cool!  we’ll certainly beekeeping  (sorry, couldn’t resist) one of those for the colonies in our veg garden apiary.

western red cedar for national hives

western red cedar for national hives

bait hives…

In the veg plot here in the peak district we’re planning on putting out a couple of bait hives just to see if it’s possible to attract a swarm (or two if we’re lucky) .  Don’t hold out too much hope though as the local BKA (Chesterfield) has apparently had a bait hive out there for the last decade and not attracted anything apart from a dead mouse and plenty of wax moth so we’re told.  But one of the goals here is not to turn beekeepers by the  strength of our wallet and seeing as how the main suppliers are, in 2010, going to be charging £200 plus for a nuc then there can’t be any harm in trying a couple of hives in the spring.  Wondering if there’s any benefit from the swarm lures you can buy…but in the meantime here’s a useful information resource provided by the BBKA…

bait hives

Wintering 2 frame nucs in Manitoba

Here’s an interesting article about getting 2 frame nucs through the harsh Canadian winter.  Great use of space and resources for maximum effect.  Nice beekeeping!

open mesh floor assembly instructions

here’s a pdf of the assembly instructions for the standard national hive open mesh floor.

Open Mesh Floor

national roof to follow…

national hive brood box and super assembly instructions

assembly instructions for our flat pack national brood chambers and national supers…will upload the rest later and make a right sidebar widget for them to permanently reside there…

Brood Box and Super

local authority backs peak-hives.co.uk

‘live and work’ rural from the peak park visited our workshop today and offered it’s support to peak-hives.  it looks like there’ll be two main ways that assistance may be offered to support the business.  firstly and most importantly for peak-hives is locating sources of locally grown timber.  seems like local sawmills cutting local timber are as rare as hens teeth!  however, with the inside knowledge of the peak park it’s likely that national beehives constructed from locally sourced western red cedar isn’t such a pipe dream after all.  secondly there’s the ‘environmental quality mark’ which is a certification or award given to eco-friendly businesses.  all in all it was a very interesting visit.  more later.

flat pack national roof kit...

another flat pack part is ready to go…national roof.  with a bit of luck today I should have the paypal checkout system up and running.  please let me know if you experience any problems with it from a customer point of view…nicholas@peak-hives.co.uk

national_roof_flat-pack

flat pack national hives

peak hives are now producing flat pack national hive parts…so if you need a brood box or a super or any part of a national hive then we can deliver from stock to the UK.  All parts are machined by us for assembly and come with everything you need except glue.  So grab a pot of waterproof PVA woodglue and a hammer and you’re away…it could even make a nice Christmas holiday project…assembling an entire hive.

national_super_flat-pack

these are the same parts we use to make our hives and are machined according to BBKA specifications.

x marks the spot

this is where our own hives are going to go next year…hope bees like nettles..

apiary-site-009

apiary at the bottom of the veg patch…couldn’t be better!

nucleus hives

just been making up some national nucleus hives.  standard deep brood with spacing for 5 hoffman frames.  next to do some 14×12 brood boxes and 14×12 nucleus boxes.  piccys coming soon as well as some sort of purchasing system for seperate parts as I’ve had quite a few requests for individual supers, brood boxes etc.

nick