Sunday, February 13, 2011

New octagonal observation hive

At last I was able to complete my new hive. It is 13 1/2" across, a little larger than the standard +-12 X 12 Warre hive. As you can see, it has a roof which is vented, the vents screened to prevent intruders.  Under the roof is the insulated quilt.  Each super has a door, behind which, is a Plexiglas window for viewing the bees without disturbance.  Because I like comb honey, I'm going to modify a standard section frame super to fit on top.  This of course will require an additional standard cover to fit the super, possibly a vented quilt for it also.  You ask, why bother with such a fancy roof??  It is a conversation piece for the first year while the colony is building and to use in the winter time.  Besides,  this is a fun project and I have nothing but time on my hands.  Anyone interested, leave a comment.
I can build a hive to your design.

So long til the bee's get here, happy spring.


  1. Hello my name is Vyonne and my husband and I are new beekeepers we have three hives. One top bar got destroyed by hive beetles. So now we are down to two. I would love to have one of your hives. How would you keep the hive beetles out of your hives without using toxic chemicals? We use the bottom board with the oil. This so far works great. I really do not want( if in my control) to loose another hive. I love your design. Look us up on facebook under BraselBeez. Or email us I really enjoy beekeeping and hope to have a lot more hives in the future. Please let me know how to get one of your hive designs from you. I would love to be able to talk with you. Thank you for your wonderful hive design and hope you have a wonderful day.

  2. Hi Pete, my name is Paine and I have to say, I love your concept for the warre hive. Would it be possible to design a hive for me? My email address is

  3. I have been looking for hive designs to build my own this winter and after seeing yours, I just can't get it out of my head! This has everything I want in a hive and looks fabulous! I would be interested in purchasing a hive or even just the plans for this hive from you.