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Honey Keeper Beehive 20 Frame Complete Box Kit (10 Deep and 10 Medium) with Metal Roof for Langstroth Beekeeping

4.5 out of 5 stars 444 ratings

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  • 20-Frame Hive 10 Deep and 10 Medium
  • Complete kit that is easy to assemble
  • Deep super frame and medium super frame with foundations
  • Solid bottom board, entrance reducer, inner cover, and queen excluder
  • Pre-assembled metal telescoping roof to help keep out the elements

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  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 45.69 x 2.49 x 10.21 cm; 21.09 Kilograms
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ 14 July 2018
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B016YJ9A1A
  • Item Model Number ‏ : ‎ L20
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444 ratings

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This 20 frame beehive kit from Honey Keeper is constructed with all of the features that help you create a prosperous colony. The foundation is built with premium fir wood while the frames are made of white pine wood and features a galvanized metal capped telescoping roof top. The kit comes with everything you need to build a Langstroth style bee hive with 10 deep frames, 10 medium size frames, and pre-cut frame unwaxed foundations with hexagonal shaped foundations surfaces. Also included is the inner cover, bottom board, entrance reducer, and queen excluder. The hive is easy to assemble with pre-cut finger joints and also includes heavy duty nails. Measures 23 inches in length by 18-1/4-inches in width by 19-3/4 inches in height.


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Greg Fitzpatrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Not yet assembled, but impressive quality, craftsmanship and packaging.
Reviewed in Canada on 22 February 2019
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Morris Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Screw it!
Reviewed in the United States on 28 March 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Screw it!
Reviewed in the United States on 28 March 2019
Okay where to start?

I have read all of the reviews for this hive and realized some people are either confused, or just don't understand wood joinery. I see people complaining the miter joints don't line up correctly. These are not miter joints, they are dove tail joints and they are supposed to be extremely tight, hence the need for a rubber mallet to set them correctly. See how they kinda' look like little dove tails?

Unfortunately our Chinese friends aren't really that great at cutting these joints and some of them are actually looser then they should be. I'm guessing this is why they sent along a bag of nails which you should NEVER need when working with properly cut dove tail joints.

So let's jump right in. The fit of 95% of the dove tail joints were very good, the other five percent are just too loose and you will need some sort of fastener. Speaking of fasteners they send you a bag of nails . . . throw those in the trash.

Any wood working project worth doing requires screws, and this is a project which requires screws. Remember this is going to be outdoors year round and variations in temperature will cause the nails to pop, and back right out of their holes. Eventually the whole thing will loosen up and get wobbly. Screws solve this problem forever.

The directions tell you to drill pilot holes, if you're going to bother drilling pilot holes you should put screws in them NOT nails. Also you only need screws on one side of the joints, always drill through the wide side of the dove tail not the thin side.

That being said, some of the parts come pre-assembled, the base, the inside lid, and the outside lid. Again our Chinese friends cheaped out and used staples to fasten these together. Fortunately their cheapness works to our advantage. On all the pre-assembled parts anywhere you see a staple is a perfect place to drill a pilot hole and sink a screw.

Yeah I know you're saying 'damn that seems like a lot of work" but trust me when you can take a cheaply made product like this and turn it into a solid product it's worth the time.

The last thing I want to address is the top cover. It's well made (it needs screws) however I did notice they soldered the corners to make it water tight but they didn't get the very top of the corner (see the pics), I'll probably hit them with a dot of solder just to close up the hole.

All in all, its a good kit provided you are willing to put in the work to make it a great kit. I gave it a five because I was able to work with it and turn it into a great kit. If you don't want to go to all the trouble, then spend the extra few bucks and buy an American made kit.

Hope this review helps.

Oh and I used Power-Pro Outdoor Wood Screws 8 x 1-3/4
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Kenneth A Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars BeeHive Kit 20 Frame Review
Reviewed in the United States on 30 November 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars BeeHive Kit 20 Frame Review
Reviewed in the United States on 30 November 2016
Just finished my assembly of one of the two hives I ordered. Aside from smashing my thumb with my rubber mallet and my regular hammer...hehehe I was able to assemble one in about 2 hours...or so. Per instructions, I DID use Titebond Premium glue in every joint of the hive bodies' dove tails and also my frames. The frames come with the foundations and I am going to split those into 2" strips. Lots of sites/videos suggest beeswax foundations and even using a paint stick. The foundations have one size cells and that makes it harder for the drone cells to be drawn. I also purchased 2 extra deep bodies in preparation of expansion. The medium bodies will be for honey production...maybe. I am also building a large 3 hive stand. I added the image for those who might want to try it. I'm using 2x6 lumber. Also 4x4 posts. 5 - 8foot 2x6 and 2 - 8 foot posts. Too heavy to move assembled, I have it with 4 legs and single screws to support the hives until they are complete. Then I will take it out in pieces and finish the assembly. My bees are set for me to pick up in April 2017. 2 nucs of italian bees.
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Clayton
1.0 out of 5 stars Knots for days
Reviewed in the United States on 3 April 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars Knots for days
Reviewed in the United States on 3 April 2019
Very poor quality wood for the boxes. I'm no novice to boxes, bee keeping, or wood working. I caught so many swarms this year that I was one box short, and felt this might fill the gap until I can build more. I can build a deep for 12-14$ depending on lumber prices... This deep and the other box are both covered in knots, tare out, and jointed boards. The quality wood that I could make for a couple dollars.

These are a recipe for disaster. Here is what will happen with most of those knots, once a few months go by and the temperature and moisture change, it will cause these knots to fall out. Worse some of these nots are on the dovetails! That is a slap in the face to any quality wood working.

The wood that was glued together also has started splitting. It looks like they used tongue and groove joinery, but did so with wood that wasn't dry.

Some of the dovetails slots are too tight, you need to shave the wood some for them to fit.

The inner cover, telescope lid, and bottom board look to be good quality. These boxes are not.
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M. Batten
3.0 out of 5 stars At first sight everything looked like it showed up in good shape except for one ...
Reviewed in the United States on 24 July 2017
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