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British National Beehives

Based in a small workshop in Tideswell in the Peak District we make Highest Quality British National Beehives out of 1st grade American Western Red Cedar or High Quality Red Deal 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.

Cedar Scarcity.

Unfortunately building materials are extremely scarce at the moment and pricing is highly volatile. This goes for Western Red Cedar too. I have decided that until the market settles down I will not be making up any Cedar hives or hive parts. We'll be back in operation once the supply issues have been resolved. Many thanks.


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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.

1 comment to recently left the workshop…

  • Roy Carpenter

    Good to see someone pushing the 14×12 brood box- it is the nearest hive to a cube and therefore has lowest surface area compared to volume – lowest heat loss.
    A strong colony can be developed without double brood chambers or the horrible box and a half. It allows the colony develop as a sphere.
    The big problem is getting good sound comb drawn out it really needs a good flow in May. A standard brood box of foundation can be used as a super during the main flow when bees are reluctant to draw out foundation in the brood chamber but a 14×12 super is daunting.
    As to comparative size Wedmore gives 1065 square inches for BSB and 1485 square inches 14×12 – only MD brood has greater area at 1709 – all for 10 frames