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...:-)




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

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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.

sloe gin time…

it’s sloe gin time…  the berries are nice and ripe and I’ll have to get picking before the birds beat me to it…if I’m up early enough I should have time to get some sloes and finish off some nucleus hives tomorrow.  cheers.

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x marks the spot

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

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

the laughing bee

…orchid

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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

co-operative society plan bee campaign

the co-op’s always been a sound organisation and once again they’re leading the way with their ‘plan bee’ campaign…

http://vanishingbees.co.uk/

peak-hives on youtube...

just a quick graphic to show what’s included with every national hive we make.  national stand, national varroa floor, national brood box, 2 supers, national crown board with porter bee escapes and a national roof with a galvanized cover.  all you need are some bees and frames and you’re away.  (Update- this is now a bit out of date as we now have the beehive configuration options in the centre column)

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Da Vinci was into bees!

turns out Leonardo was into his bees too…

“The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee . . . gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own”

email server working...

after much faffing about managed to get the email server working… got proper email address ‘nicholas@peak-hives.co.uk’  many thanks to ameldridge from the beekeeping forum for the heads up about Google Apps.

now, off to jig up for some Langstroths.

national hive number 1 better pic.

here’s a better pic of national hive number 1.  should be able to click on it to see a bigger version.

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next to finish off the first batch of 5 nationals and then make up some national nucs and 14×12 brood boxes.